2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

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$30,495–$36,995 MSRP range
(5.0) 2 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2017 Volkswagen e‑Golf base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Increased range and power
  • Quicker acceleration
  • Very roomy inside
  • Versatile cargo hauling abilities
  • Lots of optional safety equipment

The Bad

  • Improved range still short of competitors
  • Poor seat materials
  • Not much visual difference from gas-powered Golf
  • Acceleration is better, but still pokey
  • No volume knob on Discover Pro multimedia system
  • Multimedia screen is a fingerprint magnet
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

  • Updated five-passenger compact EV
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 124-mile range thanks to bigger battery
  • New optional Digital Cockpit gauges
  • Optional 9.2-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The entire Volkswagen Golf lineup is getting a refresh for the 2017 model year, and latest version made its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

New for 2017

The electric e-Golf features a higher-capacity battery pack; a bigger, more powerful electric motor; and a new digital interior that will spread across the Golf range.

The new e-Golf looks like the rest of the Golf range — updated LED headlights and taillights give the Golf a squinty look, like it's thinking really hard about running down that Hyundai Elantra in front of it. The new e-Golf gets LED running lights in the lower bumper, just like the current e-Golf, as well as specific smooth-sided turbine-style wheels with low-rolling resistance tires for better aerodynamic efficiency. Just like the current e-Golf, the new one also wears a blue stripe in its grille, a subtle visual cue to separate it from other Golf models.
Interior

The new 2017 model brings in the new Digital Cockpit, an option that replaces all of the gauges (including the e-Golf specific power meter) with a 12.3-inch color LCD screen. Similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit, the VW version is reconfigurable and customizable. The center stack features a new multimedia option as well; the huge 9.2-inch Discover Pro system allows for a reconfigurable home screen and in the future will accommodate VW's gesture control system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available via the VW Car-Net App Connect function. All ...

Vehicle Overview

The entire Volkswagen Golf lineup is getting a refresh for the 2017 model year, and latest version made its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

New for 2017

The electric e-Golf features a higher-capacity battery pack; a bigger, more powerful electric motor; and a new digital interior that will spread across the Golf range.

The new e-Golf looks like the rest of the Golf range — updated LED headlights and taillights give the Golf a squinty look, like it's thinking really hard about running down that Hyundai Elantra in front of it. The new e-Golf gets LED running lights in the lower bumper, just like the current e-Golf, as well as specific smooth-sided turbine-style wheels with low-rolling resistance tires for better aerodynamic efficiency. Just like the current e-Golf, the new one also wears a blue stripe in its grille, a subtle visual cue to separate it from other Golf models.
Interior

The new 2017 model brings in the new Digital Cockpit, an option that replaces all of the gauges (including the e-Golf specific power meter) with a 12.3-inch color LCD screen. Similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit, the VW version is reconfigurable and customizable. The center stack features a new multimedia option as well; the huge 9.2-inch Discover Pro system allows for a reconfigurable home screen and in the future will accommodate VW's gesture control system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available via the VW Car-Net App Connect function. All Golf models get a restyled interior with updated materials and seat trim, including the new e-Golf.
Under the Hood

Along with a revamped look comes improved capability, with the e-Golf getting both a bigger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor. The lithium-ion battery pack gets a 50 percent capacity jump from 24.2 kilowatt hours to 35.8, which is enough to boost the expected total range to 124 miles on a single charge.

Recharging the e-Golf should happen quicker as well, with a new 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger dropping total charging time to just six hours on a 240-volt unit. A DC fast-charging option is available, allowing the car to be brought to 80 percent charge in just an hour if you can find a DC fast-charging station.

Performance is improved as well, with a new electric motor producing 134 horsepower, up 19 hp from the last-generation e-Golf. This has dropped the zero-to-60-mph time by a full second, according to VW; it's now a slightly less pokey 9.6 seconds. Top speed is 93 mph.
Safety

The new e-Golf will offer an improved forward collision warning system with pedestrian monitoring and autonomous emergency braking. It will warn the driver of an impending collision and can automatically brake the car to avoid or mitigate a collision. The optional Driver Assistance Package will be available on the SEL Premium trim; it includes the Digital Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with autonomous braking, blind spot monitor, lane keep assist, parking assist and more.

Look for the new 2017 e-Golf in U.S. dealerships in the spring of 2017.


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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Great transition to Electric Driving

by PA1991 from Toronto, ON on April 11, 2018

I waited 8 months for this car but it was worth every second of the wait. I love it is extremely smooth and on top of that it doesn't cost me anything to run. Read full review

(5.0)

Smooth driving experience

by Chris from Glendale, CA on November 9, 2017

While I've only had my 2017 e-golf for a month, I really am enjoying this vehicle. It replaced my 2001 golf, and it drives so much better. This is my first electric vehicle, and it really is amazing ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services and trip-planning services

  • Limited Warranty

    Model Specific Limited Warranty Coverage*

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2012 - 2017 Model Years / Less Than 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The e-Golf received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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