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Volkswagen e-Golf review

£11,807 - £47,095
Published: 13 Jan 2015


What is it like to drive?

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.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI 333 R 20 Years 4MOTION 5DR DSG
  • 0-624.6s
  • CO2
  • BHP333
  • MPG
  • Price£47,095

the cheapest

Volkswagen Golf 1.0 eTSI Life 5dr DSG
  • 0-6210.2s
  • CO298.0g/km
  • BHP110
  • MPG
  • Price£25,175

the greenest

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
  • 0-626.7s
  • CO234.0g/km
  • BHP245
  • MPG
  • Price£36,105

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