Volkswagen e-Golf (2017) Guide

Volkswagen e-Golf (2017) Guide

The second generation of e-Golf comes with a bigger battery and better range while maintaining the level of performance and exhilaration you’d expect from a Golf. In stark contrast to the quirky, futuristic designs of many EV’s such as the i3 or Leaf, the e-Golf remains conventional in its offering. As a conversion, Volkswagen opted for evolution over revolution; the e-Golf has all the robust underpinnings of a great EV, housed in a traditional, familiar exterior that is appealing.

Electric Range

143 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

36 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

10 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 40Kw

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Volkswagen e-Golf

The e-Golf comes with a battery size of 35.8kWh and has an official WLTP range of 143 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 29 miles*.

The e-Golf comes with a CCS connector option, enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. When plugged into a 50kW charging station, the e-Golf will charge from 20-80% in about 40 minutes.

Note: The e-Golf has a max DC charge rate of 40kW; this means if you plugged into a 100kW charge point, the vehicle would continue to charge at 40kW. Additionally, it’s max AC rate is 7.2kW, again, if you plugged into an 11kW charge point, the e-Golf will charge at 7.2kW.

Charging Times**:

    • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 17h for 0-100%
    • 3.4kW = 10h for 0-100%
    • 7.4kW = 5h for 0-100%
    • 11kW = 5h for 0-100%
    • 50kW = 40m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning an e-Golf

Classified as a BEV, the e-Golf produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the Volkswagen e-Golf qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the Volkswagen e-Golf?

Everything great about the traditional motored Golf remains. It all feels rather laid back. Volkswagen hasn’t made a real fuss about it, and that’s the point. The e-Golf appeals entirely to the masses of people who would just like an electric car that is familiar, reliable, usable and operates like a traditional car – except for the lack of fossil fuel emissions.

Perhaps most importantly, the e-Golf remains an enthusiast’s car. The heavy battery hasn’t damped the driving experience. It is much quieter than its combustion stablemates and boasts the rapid acceleration EV’s have become notorious for. Inside, the cabin remains familiar with subtle blue stitching details as the only giveaway you’re driving an electric model. The seat spacing remains the same, which if you’ve ever sat in a Golf, you know is particularly generous for its class, comfortably accommodating five passengers. The battery storage has compromised the false floor boot space, but overall it remains one of the leaders in its category for storage space.

With five regenerative braking modes and three driving modes, the e-Golf encompasses a lot of technology, effectively marrying its traditional performance factor with pure electric driving. Its 100+ mile range and rapid charging capabilities, combined with its high-tech kit, make it one of the most compelling EV options around. Conservative, confident and classy, the e-Golf, like all other Golfs, makes a great family hatchback. If you’re a Golf fan, the electric version could be just the EV you’re looking for.