2017 Volkswagen e-Golf: VW’s electrical hatch edges towards 150-mile vary

After I unplugged the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf and acquired behind the wheel, the middle cluster show mentioned it had 145 miles of vary, 20 miles over its EPA-rated vary of 125 miles. I tracked the e-Golf’s said vary in opposition to its real-world miles on a visit that concerned freeway speeds, a hill or two and concrete visitors.

After parking and plugging the e-Golf again in, I calculated that the estimated vary was nearly precise, as I drove yet another mile than the automotive thought it may go.

VW could have overestimated its emissions compliance for its diesel vehicles, nevertheless it seems to underestimate the vary of the all-electric e-Golf.

Actually, the e-Golf obtained a formidable improve for its 2017 mannequin yr. Though it seems just about an identical to the earlier e-Golf, VW gave it a extra highly effective motor and an even bigger battery pack, rising the vary from 83 miles to the EPA-rated 125-mile specification.

With a considerable vary enhance for the 2017 mannequin yr and its hatchback physique, the e-Golf makes an ideal first step into the electrical pool.

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As with its gasoline-fueled counterparts, the e-Golf is a four-door hatchback, which I may argue is about one of the best physique sort for any automotive, because it combines ample cargo house with seating for 5. As a testomony to the compact measurement of the batteries and the flexibleness of the Golf platform, the e-Golf does not lose any cargo capability in contrast with its mannequin siblings.

The e-Golf’s 22.Eight cubic toes of cargo house, with the rear seats up, bests that of the Mazda3 Hatchback and even squeaks by the Subaru Impreza Hatchback. And though the Honda Civic Hatchback comes out forward at 25.7 cubic toes, it is usually an even bigger automotive, measuring 10 inches longer than the e-Golf. Sticking to electrics, the Chevy Bolt solely will get 16.9 cubic toes underneath the hatch, though the longer Hyundai Ioniq Electrical is available in at 23.Eight cubic toes.

Numbers apart, I simply match a flat-pack Ikea bookcase within the e-Golf, with room left over for a lot extra Ikea Köttbullar, or meatballs as we name them, than I may ever eat.

VW provides the e-Golf in two trims, SE and SEL Premium, the latter of which I drove. Each include an Eight-inch touchscreen within the dashboard, however the SEL Premium provides onboard navigation to the usual stereo, telephone and power administration controls.

This technology of Volkswagen’s infotainment system makes use of an intuitive icon-driven interface and works very properly, with responsive contact occasions. The navigation system consists of charging station places, though it lacks real-time info on plug availability. When getting into locations manually, the system gave me a single entry field, way more handy than selecting between a points-of-interest or handle menu. Nevertheless, the e-Golf does not combine on-line vacation spot search.

Volkswagen conveniently features a listing of charging stations within the navigation database, though it does not present real-time availability.

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Because the e-Golf helps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, I did not sweat the restrictions of its personal navigation system a lot. The CarPlay integration labored in addition to I’ve seen on any automotive. Annoyingly, Apple hasn’t added to CarPlay apps a lot since launch. I might completely like to have the PlugShare app, which exhibits real-time availability for EV charging stations, on the e-Golf’s dashboard.

One nifty characteristic on the e-Golf’s infotainment system is its potential to schedule departure occasions, which helps the automotive know when to start charging its 35.Eight kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Charging within the darkest hours of the evening can reap the benefits of decrease electrical energy charges for areas that use variable pricing.

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