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.

  • crawlgsx

    Every Volkswagen ever has/had electrical issues (my current one included). I would never even consider buying an Electric VW…. What a nightmare that car would be in the longrun!

    • nocadrummer

      I’ve only had one VW with an electrical problem. It was my 1980 U.S.-made Rabbit. And its problems only cropped up after my local dealer did some work on it and apparently forgot to connect one wire which shorted out. After replacement of the harness, it was fine. Other than that, it had over 330,000 miles on it when I traded it in on a VW Fox, which I eventually traded in on a 1994 Jetta III, and that was traded in on a 2007 Jetta (V).
      Personally, I’d love to see that VW BlueSport show up on dealers’ floors.

      • crawlgsx

        I have a 2006 VW Passat wagon. Just in the last 6 months I have spent $2500 in electrical repairs. First the steering column sensor went (cant even take the key out of the ignition, car wont start, etc). Cost me $1100 requiring a bunch of other things. Couple months go by, Rear Right calipers Electric Motor goes. Causes flashing “brake” failure light. Constant dinging while driving the car even though the caliper itself functions perfectly fine. It also takes out the Parking Brake module. ~$1600 later I get a new whole caliper (dealer wont replace just electric motor), new sensor, and labor.

        Personally I am all funned out of VW’s over engineering.