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Based on the multi-award winning Volkswagen Golf hatchback, the fully electric new e-Golf is designed to offer the buyers with the same practicality, refinement and advanced technology as the Golf but with a purely electric drivetrain and not tailpipe emissions.
Similar to the smaller Volkswagen e-up!, the e-Golf can be charged in 13 hours using a normal household three-pin socket with a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW supply. A wallbox can also be purchased at no extra cost to provide a 3.6kW supply which will reduce the time taken to charge a flat battery to just eight hours. Or, through use of the e-Golf’s standard combined charging system (CCS) and a DC supply, the battery can be fully recharged (at levels of up to 40 kW) to 80 per cent capacity in just 35 minutes.
In terms of performance, the new e-Golf can achieve 0-62mph in just 10.4 seconds which is slightly less than the current Golf Bluemotion which is powered by a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine and takes 10.5 seconds. Top speed for the e-Golf is 87 mph and depending on driving style, charge level and ambient conditions, the e-Golf has a range of up to118 miles. An optional heat pump can help increase the e-Golf’s range by 20 per cent in winter.
As well as a standard driving mode, the e-Golf has two economy profiles: ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’ which cut peak power, reduce the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the accelerator response. In either mode, full performance can be accessed by kicking down on the accelerator pedal.The e-Golf’s range can also be influenced by regenerative braking.
The e-Golf is the first production Volkswagen to feature full LED headlights. These produce brighter light and use less electricity than xenon headlights. Other bespoke exterior design elements include C-shaped LED daytime running lights in the front bumper, a signature blue strip running the width of the radiator grille and into the headlights, and a blue-edged Volkswagen roundel. The interior includes blue stitching on the upholstery, and the option of blue ambient lighting.
In the UK, the e-Golf is available with five doors only, and in a single well-equipped trim level based on the standard Golf SE, with the addition of 2Zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, e-specific ‘Tilleves’ alloy wheels and Discover Pro satellite navigation, with an eight-inch colour touchscreen. For smartphone users (Android or iOS), the Volkswagen ‘Car-Net’ app enables many vehicle functions to be controlled remotely, including charging, heating or cooling and more.
The new all-electric e-Golf will be priced at £25,845 on the road which includes a £5,000 Government grant. The e-Golf can be ordered from one of 24 Volkswagen EV specialist Retailers across the UK, with the first deliveries expected at the end of June.