The new, refreshed Volkswagen e-Golf is now available for order in Germany, according to a press release from the company. The model features a new 35.8 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack (upgraded from the previous 24.2 kWh battery pack), allowing for a range rating of 300 kilometers from the NEDC — the “practical range” according to Volkswagen is closer to 200 kilometers.
The new electric motor provides 100 kilowatts/136 PS (15 kW/20 PS more than the previous iteration of the e-Golf). The 0 to 100 kilometers (0 to 62 mph) acceleration time for the model is 9.6 seconds.
Pricing for the refreshed Volkswagen e-Golf (in Germany) is €35,900.
In addition to the improved range, the new e-Golf features (as standard) the company’s “City Emergency Braking with the new Pedestrian Monitoring, a multi-function steering wheel (in leather), and Volkswagen Media Control.”
The press release provides more: “Other new features in the e-Golf are the optional Active Info Display (digital instruments) and the standard 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system that is operated by gesture control. Furthermore, as in all electric models from Volkswagen, it is possible to conveniently access various vehicle functions of the e-Golf via the Car-Net ‘e-Remote’ app. A smartphone or tablet can be used to start or stop the air conditioning or battery charging, for example. The app even shows the most recent parking location of the e-Golf on a map. In its exterior appearance, the updated e-Golf features modified front and rear ends with new LED headlights and LED tail lights.”
So, taken altogether, the new e-Golf is certainly nothing revolutionary, but is a nice improvement over the previous iteration of the model. Brand loyalists (if there are many of those remaining for Volkswagen after recent events) seem likely to appreciate the model.
The e-Golf is a fairly competitive electric car model when you look at the full range of electric cars on the market, but it wasn’t built electric from the ground up and that shows, especially when you compare it to what we consider the other best electric cars on the market.
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