Performance & Running Costs
The WLTP range of this latest version of the e-Golf is 230km. It’s not the most impressive range on the market by any means, but if you are one of the 71 per cent of drivers we surveyed with a daily commute of less than 90km return, still very workable, particularly if you can pair it with a home charge point. This more or less removes the issue of the still-developing public charging network, which is only really meant to cater for longer distance journeys. A full charge takes approximately eight hours, meaning it makes most sense to charge overnight. A reading from our ELVI home chargepoint (kindly provided to us by Charged.ie for the purpose of this review) informed us that a full charge (from almost empty) costs approximately €6. Switch to a night-time electricity rate and you can almost half that. So in theory, a full charge (€3 – €6) should get you about 230km.
In the case of the e-Golf, this will most definitely be lower in cold weather and we saw a dramatic reduction in range during our (admittedly unusually cold) test week. The fully charged range could vary from anywhere between 180 and 280km depending on outside temperatures, and fell dramatically with the air con on. There are ways to counteract this slightly – an app will allow you to preheat the car while it’s still charging, and making use of the optional heated seats to negate the need to blast hot air. Over a mixed week of driving and circumstances, we still feel a comfortable range of 200km is possible, without any major change of driving style.
As for what it’s like to drive – we are all probably well aware by now of the instant torque, and quiet smooth ride that electric powertrains deliver. The e-Golf is even more impressive in this regard as it manages to combine those advantages with handling so familiar, and so utterly normal that it’s even easier to appreciate those advantages. It makes it very easy to forget you’re in an electric car at all.