Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium

By Paul Riegler on 22 August 2017
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Volkswagen didn’t put all of its eggs in the diesel basket. The company’s plans call for it to produce one million electric vehicles a year by 2025, a number similar to what Tesla is projecting for its own sales. The significant difference is that VW has experience in building millions of cars while Tesla just hit the 200,000 mark a few months ago.

Another difference is that the automaker’s e-Golf doesn’t scream EV. Indeed it doesn’t stand out in any manner, shape, or form. Rather, it merely looks like a Volkswagen Golf, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

What does make it stand out are the blue exterior lighting, EV badging, and special wheels, although only a car geek would probably notice these rather subtle visual cues.

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Updated for 2017, the e-Golf can go 125 miles (201 kilometers) before requiring a charge, versus a mere 83 miles (134 kilometers) in an earlier version. Wolfsburg has accomplished this by optimizing the car’s battery pack using revised cell chemistry. The battery has the same number of cells but increases capacity from 24.2 kWh to 35.8. At the same time, thanks to an upgraded electric motor, horsepower and torque go up as well, from 115 to 134 and 199 pound-feet to 214 pound-feet respectively.

The update includes new bumpers, new C-shaped daytime-running-light strips and elegant and presumably aerodynamic 16” aluminum wheels.

Also for 2017, VW has made the 7.2-kW onboard charger standard, which translates to a six-hour charge using a Level 2 240-volt charger. DC fast charging is standard on SEL Premium and Limited Edition models and optional on the SE, giving those vehicles an 80% charge in roughly an hour.

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