Last weekend, we managed to get our hands on a top spec version of the new e-Golf from Vauxhall. After putting it through its paces, we thought it might be wise to release a short driver’s review this morning. If you’ve been looking at the model for some time, this article should give you enough information to cement your decision on whether or not to invest.
While the e-Golf isn’t the best electric car on the market today, it’s certainly selling very well in the UK and many other countries around the world. Even so, the sales figures in no way compare to those expected for the new Beetle. With all that in mind, you should spend the next five minutes reading through everything we’ve listed below. After doing that, we’re confident you’ll be in the best position to make an educated decision. That said, you should always test drive any car yourself before signing on the dotted line.
We took the Volkswagen e-Golf around our track for twenty laps before heading out on the open road. During the track testing, we found it to be incredibly comfortable compared to some of the other electric models we’ve reviewed in the past. It came with a full leather interior and some seat warmers nobody could resist trying out. Even at speeds of over 70 mph, it hardly felt like we were moving at all.
The e-Golf has a low top speed of 87 mph (that’s one mph short of being able to travel back to the future.) Even with this low top speed, the car still seemed quick enough to handle standard driving on UK roads. Sure, it was a little slow when trying to overtake on the motorway, but we didn’t see that as too much of a disadvantage. The car handles corners excellently and doesn’t throw passengers around as much as a new hybrid Toyota Prius.
As the new e-Golf uses the same standard design we’ve seen on this model for the last ten years, it’s pretty stylish. The sleek design helps to reduce wind resistance when on the road, but it also makes the car look fantastic. While some electric models leave a lot to be desired, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the appearance of this wonderful machine.
The e-Golf comes as a front motor, five-passenger, five-door hatchback. It has a one speed direct drive transmission, which means you never have to worry about changing gear at the right time again. The wheelbase is 103.6 inches, and the car sits at 168.1 inches in length. The whole thing is powered by a synchronous AC permanent-magnet electric motor.
Having read through our review, you should have a good idea about whether making a purchase is the right move for you. We highly recommend this model as it performs much better than the Nissan Leaf and makes more financial sense than the new Toyota Prius.
You can expect to see a lot of e-Golfs on the road over the coming months.