2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

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$31,895

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Hatchback

Body style

119
Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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125 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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5 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

35 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

5

Seating capacity

168.1” x 57.2”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Digital cockpit with 12.3-inch display available
  • Roomy cabin for its size
  • Available active safety features
  • Looks like a Golf, handles like a Golf

The bad:

  • EPA-estimated 125-mile range lags competition
  • Limited availability
  • Poky acceleration
  • Not the best value

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf trim comparison will help you decide.

See also: Find the best Hatchbacks for 2024

Notable features

  • Base SE trim adds standard DC fast charging
  • All-electric four-door hatchback
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • 9.2-inch touchscreen available
  • Automatic emergency braking available

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf?

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf is the all-electric version of the Golf five-seat hatchback. It has the same spacious, versatile interior as the gas model and a 125-mile driving range, according to the EPA. That’s less than the ranges offered by competitors like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt EV. Launched as a 2015 model, the front-wheel-drive e-Golf is offered only in select states.

What’s New on the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf?

The base SE trim level adds DC fast-charging capability, which enables the car’s battery pack to be charged to 80 percent within an hour. The top SEL Premium trim comes with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights.

What Features in the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Are Most Important?

One of the best things about the Golf is true in the e-Golf as well: The all-electric hatchback has one of the roomiest interiors in the five-seat small-car class. The available active safety features, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 9.2-inch touchscreen on the SEL Premium trim don’t justify the $7,000 upcharge over the SE model, but they are useful — and fun — features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard.

Should I Buy the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf?

If the price is right. The car’s roomy interior in the handsome Golf hatchback package is compelling, but expect it to be discounted in the states it’s sold in due to competition that offers nearly double the range.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best feature by far shift lever Regen Adjustable!

These little VW EV's are BETTER than a 100% more expensive Tesla in 3 main areas #1 Volkswagen did a smart thing with the design of how you control Regen 4 levels with the Shift lever. I absolutely LOVE to drive this car, it is more fun to drive even than any other VW, I smooth, gapless, silky, no play, no looseness, and the best part is using the shift lever to easily go in and out of Regen, using it as braking, on and off on the fly as your driving, or switching between the 3 lower regen levels all so easily in seconds with the twich of the shifter. I use lower regen levels when going down long grades so it doesn't slow the cars momentum down too much. This feature ALONE is why this car is superior as TESLA REGEN is ALWAYS ON ALL THE TIME you are UNABLE TO TURN IT OFF and that my friends SUCKS! #2 Fit and Finish, QUALITY is MUCH BETTER than any USA Tesla, there is no comparison with the attention to detail, Quality, door gaps etc. VW has their quality down pat. #3They RIDE much smoother and comfortably than a Tesla which has a stiff sports car ride quality.

5.0

Love this car!

I purchased my 2019 VW golf used with 22,000 miles on. I have driven it daily for the last month and it has been seamless making the transition from my guest car to my electric car. All of the onboard tech is wonderful. So far the range has been spot on at 130 miles per full charge. Of course, if air conditioning or heat is used, your range will vary. For my commuting it has worked out really well.

4.0

First time EV buyer and I am loving it

This car is my first EV and I am loving it. It was a hassle I had to go through since I did not installed the charger at home. After charger, everything is working great... except for some issues my friend I had with... not keeping their words. but Car is good...but I don't think I will buy VW again due to BoB Baker dealer (at Carlsbad) experience.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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