2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI and e-Golf Review

We Test Drive the New Fuel-Efficient 7th Generation Golf

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VW e-Golf engine compartment

VW e-Golf engine compartment

I put the car into drive and the e-Golf silently glided forward, this indeed was evocative of vehicle starts in science fiction movies.

The e-Golf provides the driver with abundant information about what’s going on in the car. A range monitor on the navi screen graphically shows how far the car can travel with the current battery charge and also shows how much potential exists to increase the range by cutting back on the air conditioning or switching to a more efficient regenerative braking mode. The display incorporates an energy flow indicator for acceleration (blue arrows) and regenerative braking (green arrows) with statistics for the amount of energy recovered since the beginning of the drive. The e-manager allows the driver to pre-program up to three departure and charging times to ensure the car is ready when needed.

The car has three driving modes and defaults to Normal on starting. The modes regulate the car’s power usage with Eco and Eco+ extending range by limiting the car’s horsepower, torque, and use of air conditioning. In Eco+, the car can go over 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a single charge. The car’s normal range is between 70 and 90 miles (112 to 145 kilometers). This last figure puts it squarely in Nissan Leaf territory but the two Eco modes may give the Golf an edge.

In Eco mode, the engine is limited to 94 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque; in Eco+ mode, these numbers are further reduced to 74 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque.

Drivers can also control the amount of regenerative braking in the car from none through levels 1 to 3). This will help drivers who have never had an EV or hybrid before to get used to how much the car will slow down when removing the foot from the accelerator.

The e-Golf’s acceleration (0-60 at 10.4 seconds) was more than adequate although the car lacked the kind of go-cart kick I’ve felt in some electric vehicles such as the Mini E. The quiet ride notwithstanding, it felt more like a traditional vehicle than any other electric-powered car I’ve driven to date.

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