2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Glendale CA
They say e-mobility is the wave of the future, and with the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf offering more range than ever, we can believe it. This model year has received a slight refresh to its look to keep the design modern, but otherwise it looks mostly like all the other members of the Golf family. This means you won’t be cruising along in a model that leans too far toward that electric aesthetic just because you want something practical. Nor are we talking a smaller size just to improve those MPGe figures.
Performance improvement is particularly important for electric vehicles because battery packs are still being worked on to improve range. What this often means is that engines have to be a bit underpowered in order for the model to received maximum efficiency and distance. Volkswagen has upped the ante for 2017, not only extending the distance the e-Golf can travel on a single charge, but increasing horsepower and torque in order to make the model just that much more fun to drive.
While most drivers don’t need as much range as they think, it’s still inconvenient to charge up every other day. The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf has had its range extended by 50-percent – from 83 miles to 124 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW charger is also once again standard for faster charging.
Improvements to available features will center on improved technology. The Discover Pro touchscreen, found in the SEL Premium trim, is boosted to 9.2 inches from 8 inches and driver assistance features like forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and more will now be available.
The original e-Golf offers just 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, which sounds low to most, but in electric models torque is instantly available. Which means the 2017 VW e-Golf with its 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque feels even more impressive than the original powertrain.
Are you ready to go fully electric with the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf?
It seems obvious that electric vehicles are the next big thing in the automotive world, as they don’t rely on non-renewable resources, offer zero emissions and those triple figure MPGe ratings aren’t hurting their appeal, so what holds shoppers back? The range has been a major issue, but the improvement to 124 miles per charge allows the e-Golf to be much more practical for daily driving. The 7.2 kW charger allows the model to charge in just under six hours, but the optional DC fast charging feature allows it to regain up to 80-percent charge in less than an hour at DC fast charging stations.
The e-Golf isn’t just about a practical model that will let you feel like you’re doing something for the environment and saving some cash, but you’ll be surprised by how much you enjoy driving it. Sure, it’s a quiet model and that takes some getting used to. While you’re cruising along with the ability to hear your passengers even at highway speeds, you’ll also notice the e-Golf doesn’t drive much different from the standard Golf. Which is to say, it has tight steering, smooth acceleration and a comfortable interior.
There are two trim levels for the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, the SE and SEL Premium. Find out which one is best for you when you stop by New Century Volkswagen to take this model for a test drive. You might just find it’s time to get on the EV bandwagon.