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2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

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$15,263 — $46,014 NEW and USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
119 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 3 reviews

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
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
  • 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

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2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(4.0)

First time EV buyer and I am loving it

by edegolf from Chatsworth on September 20, 2019

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 ... Read full review

(5.0)

E-golf

by Kwame from San Diego, ca on May 23, 2019

As new owners of our first electric car we couldn’t wait to get a Tesla so we opted for this as my wife is a fan of it. We love the way it looks, rides, performance very zippy, and everything. Only ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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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