2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

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$30,495

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Key specs

Base trim shown.

Overview

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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 Review: Our expert's take


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.


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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

So fun to drive

If you're new to electric cars, this is a great introduction. Perfect commuter car that is oh so much fun to drive. It is our go to car for any driving around town. I have charger at work that I use most of the time, but also installed charger at home for those times that I need to top off. Re-think how you drive and get yourself an electric car.

4.7

Great transition to Electric Driving

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.

4.6

Smooth driving experience

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 to be able to plug it in to our level 2 charger for a few hours, get enough charge for a hundred fifty miles around town, and not have to plug it back in for nearly a week. The ride in this vehicle is super smooth. It drives like a much larger, heavier vehicle, but handles very nimbly, just like one would expect from the traditional VW Golf. The car screams ordinary on the outside, but on the inside the amenities are very upscale even in the base version that I have. I'm not sure I would have purchased this car without the incentives from my state and the federal government, and the great deal from the VW dealer from which I purchased it. It's obviously still pretty early in the electric vehicle development for most manufacturers, but this car portends well for the future of electric vehicles from Volkswagen. I give the reliability just three stars only because Volkswagen doesn't have the best reputation for the long term, at least from my experience. But I'm hopeful that because this is an electric vehicle that it will be more reliable.

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)
Basic warranty terms
Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles
Powertrain
5 years/60,000 miles
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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