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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen e-Golf
What is it like on the road?
On paper, the e-Golf doesn’t sound especially fast. 0-62mph takes more than 10 seconds, with top speed a decidedly sedate 87mph. However, in real-world driving, the e-Golf feels not only faster than those figures would suggest, but fast full-stop. There’s a fabulous slug of torque available from standstill, giving the e-Golf a proper kick away from the lights. There’s so much twist on tap, in fact, that it’ll even spin its wheels if you get too lairy on the accelerator. And, with throttle response five times faster than that of a conventional petrol engine, the eGolf has seriously pokey responses. It’s not quite driving as we know it, but rather lovely all the same.
Dial the regenerative braking up to max, and the e-Golf will haul you to a pretty rapid standstill as soon as you lift off the throttle, meaning you virtually never need actually hit the brake pedal. If that’s too weirdyfuture for you, you can crank back the effect of the regen braking, at which point the e-Golf feels like, well… just another Golf: refined, solid, nice to steer.