The Travel Range Of The New VW e-Golf Has Increased

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Volkswagen are really going all out to bury the diesel scandal, it’s thought that (at least in the U.S.), they’ll concentrate their efforts on full Electric Vehicle development rather than trying to push any diesel developments or sales.

This means two things … if you can forgive them, there are plenty of bargain diesels to be had (and let’s be honest … their diesel motors are pretty good) but if you’re looking for a full EV, then the Golf has suddenly become a much better option!

Despite being so close to release, there are still one or two details unconfirmed, but this is what we know.

Availability and Price

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is due to hit the showrooms in the early part of 2017, perhaps as early as January – you’d normally expect a manufacturer like VW to have them ready for the end of the previous year, but the delay could be VW making sure they’re really on the money.

There has been no official confirmation of pricing yet, but we think the 2017 e-Golf will start at about $30,000, with the higher trim (just two trim levels offered) costing $36,500.

Styling Tweaks

Forget styling detail or component changes, the biggest news regarding the 2017 model is all about power, both in terms of horsepower and battery pack. The lithium-ion battery has increased in size from 24.2 kWh up to 35.8 kWh, meaning an extended range; averagely achieving 124 miles per charge rather than the 83 miles from the previous version.

This is more than the Nissan Leaf and the Ford Focus Electric, two of its main competitors, although it must be said that it’s somewhat short of the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s whopping 238 miles.

New Motor

Next up is an increase in horsepower – last year’s model had 115 BHP and 199 lb/ft of torque, the 2017 version will see that raise to 134 BHP and 214 lb/ft – not world changing but enough to see the difference. This means a 0 – 60 sprint in 9.6 seconds but the top speed remains at 93 MPH.

On-Board Equipment

The e-Golf is available in two trims, the SE and SEL Premium, a 7.2 kW onboard charger is fitted to both trim levels, but by choosing the Premium, you get lots of toys for your money, including: Digital Cockpit system with a 9.2” Discover Pro infotainment system, 12.3” instrument display, gesture control, forward collision warning with auto braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane assist and blind spot monitoring.

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The electric Golf is neither might-blown like Tesla nor have good range as Bolt EV.

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