Today gas is relatively cheap and all the buzz about the next-generation electric cars with their 300+ mile driving ranges, may keep you from buying an electric car today. While the Chevy Bolt has been a game changer thanks to its 200+ mile range and more accessible price, there are some draw backs, like its cheap feeling interior. If you don’t need to travel 200 miles in one day or maybe even two days, there may be some better options available, like the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf. If you’re in the market for an electric car, here are five reasons why the e-Golf should or shouldn’t be on your shopping list:
1Longer driving range, but it still can’t match the Bolt:
Yes the e-Golf still can’t match the Bolt’s 238 mile driving range, but VW did give the updated 2017 e-Golf a 50% longer driving range, which puts it at 125 miles. If you’re keeping track, that’s longer than the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Ford Focus Electric. If you really have range anxiety, than the e-Golf is probably still not ideal, but the 2017 model is an improvement.
2It looks and feels like a regular Golf:
This is the e-Golf’s biggest selling point. If you don’t like the Nissan Leaf’s funky styling or the upright look of the Bolt, the e-Golf may appeal more to you, since it’s almost identical to the standard Golf. Most drivers won’t even notice the difference between the gas powered Golf and the e-Golf. The C-shaped LED daytime running lights and a rear bumper that’s missing conventional tailpipes are the two biggest differences. But once inside, most people won’t even notice that the e-Golf isn’t a regular Golf, since it’s just as spacious and comfortable as the regular model.
3It drives just like the regular Golf, but with a bit more zip:
In addition to the battery upgrades, the 2017 e-Golf’s electric motor now generates more horsepower and torque at 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft. of torque. The added power means that the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf can now reach 60 mph a second faster at 9.6 seconds and has a top speed of 93 mph. On paper 9.6 seconds may seem a bit slow, but it feels much faster thanks to the instantaneous torque. Around town the e-Golf feels more planted than the i3 and tackles curves much better than the Nissan Leaf.
4You can’t buy it everywhere:
Like so many other electric cars, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf isn’t available in all 50 states. Right now you can only get it in the 10 zero emissions states, plus Washington D.C., so if you don’t live in one of the west or east coast states in the U.S., you won’t be able to buy or lease an e-Golf. Even with its limited availability, VW sold 4,000 e-Golfs in 2016 and that number is expected to grow, but unfortunately VW has no plans to offer it in all 50 states.
5I.D. concepts are almost here:
If you’re the type of car buyer that would rather buy than lease a car, you may want to lease your next electric car. Why? The new range of next-generation electric cars with much longer driving ranges, around 300 miles are just around the corner. This means that resale values for today’s electric cars will plummet once models like the production versions of the VW I.D. concepts start to arrive around 2020.
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Wrap Up:
VW hasn’t announced the pricing for the updated 2017 e-Golf or even when it will be available. The 50% longer driving range should help the e-Golf continue to find buyers until the ID. concepts arrive, although it’s going to be an even harder sell once the Model 3 arrives. The next Nissan Leaf is also around the corner and it should also get a significant battery upgrade as well.