2019 Volkswagen E-Golf Electric

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2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Charan Narain Khandelwal Content Writer Updated on: November 4, 2019


The electric cars of this generation are savvy pieces of machinery that you can spot from a mile away. Their aggressive modern styling screams for attention announcing that its one different from the bunch, but the e-Golf follows a different ideology altogether. Volkswagen took the well recognized and iconic face of the gas-powered Golf and turned it electric, retaining most of the interior and exterior looks.

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Pros

DC Fast Charging

Excellent Drive Quality

Premium Interior Materials

Cons

Limited Availability

Short range

What's New?

DC fast charging now standard

New Safety features like Blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31895

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

134 hp @ 3000 rpm

torque

214 lbs.-ft

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.8/59.5

dimensions

wheelbase

103.5 in.

length

168.1 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

3459 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

52.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

827 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

126/119/111 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

ev battery warranty

8 yr. / 100000 mi.


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Styles

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Arctic Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

8.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric SE

SE

power
134 hp @ 3000 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
119 combined

$31,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $31,895 MSRP (126/119/111) 134 hp @ 3000 rpm, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric SEL Premium

SEL Premium

power
134 hp @ 3000 rpm
fuel
Electric
mpg
119 combined

$38,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Premium 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $38,895 MSRP (126/119/111) 134 hp @ 3000 rpm, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


The earlier variants of the e-Golf left more to be desired, which is why the new ones have returned with more power under the hood. The 2019 e-Golf makes 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque from its 100 kW electric motor and has a range of 125 miles on a single charge from its 38.5 kWh battery. It is further accentuated by a comfortable ride quality and a spacious trunk, showcasing practicality at its best. All in all, Volkswagen has taken all the things one loves from the Golf and packed them behind an electric motor. You get the same material quality, driving experience, and practicality, minus the tailpipe of course. 

White 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf Front Three quarter View
2019 Volkswagen E-Golf Front Three quarter View
2019 Volkswagen E-Golf Rear Three quarter View
2019 Volkswagen E-Golf Rear Three quarter View

7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Features

7.5/10

The New Volkswagen e-Golf comes in two variants, the base SE model and the SEL Premium model. Both the variants use the same 100 kW motor with a 38.5 kWh battery providing 134 horsepower. The SE model is priced at $31,895 while the costlier SEL Premium model is for $38,895.

Trim SE SEL Premium
MSRP $31,895 $38,895
Key Features 4 wheel ABS Cornering Lights
  Daytime Running lights Blind-spot monitoring
  Engine Immobilizer Pre Collision Safety features
  Post-Collision Safety Systems Emergency Braking Preparation
  Dual Front Mounted Airbags LED Headlamp
  Rear Height Adjustable Headrests Adaptive Cruise Control
  Dusk Sensing Headlamps Front and rear parking sensors
  Tire Pressure Monitoring Compass
  Traction Control Leatherette Interior
  8 SpeakersKeyless Ignition  
  Hands-Free Entry  
  Heated Mirrors  
  Trip Computer  
  Heated Mirrors  
  Trip Computer  

We Recommend

Out of the two, the more affordable SE model is the one we prefer, provided you opt for the Driver Assistance package. The SE model provides more value for money and you're not missing out on performance as both variants come with the exact same engine. The Driver Assistance package also gives access to some crucial safety features which, by the way, are standard in the higher SEL Premium model.

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Engine and Performance

“It feels utterly smooth and effortless because the torquey direct-drive electric powertrain never shifts.” - Edmunds.com

Power and Performance

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf puts out 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque from its 100 kW electric motor. The power delivery is quick and responsive. Small increments to the pedal also feels wholesome as the car reacted swiftly. 

The power figures aren't exactly attractive, but provide the best bang for the buck.

The transmission is a 1-speed direct drive, which is the norm for cars of its type. While one may miss the mechanical feeling of shifting through gears, the silent acceleration provides a different kind of exhilaration.

Models

VW e-Golf

Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

Nissan Leaf SV

Hyundai Ioniq Base

MSRP

$ 31, 895

$36,620

$36,550

$30,315

Engine

100 kw @ 3300-12000 rpm

150 kw

110 @ 3283-9795 rpm

88 kw @ 2850-6000 rpm

Transmission

1 Speed auto

1 speed auto

1 speed auto

1 speed auto

Horsepower

134

200

147

118

Torque

214 lb ft

266 lb ft

236 lb ft

218 lb ft

The Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and the Hyundai Ioniq are the top competitors of the VW e-Golf. The Bolt offers 200 horsepower from its 150 kW electric motor while the Leaf spits out 147 horsepower from its 110 kW electric motor. Although both these cars outperform the e-Golf, the are priced a few thousand dollars higher. The e-Golf performs better than the Ioniq which has 118 horsepower 88 kW electric motor. However, the Ioniq costs a thousand dollars less. The e-Golf’s price to performance ratio is among the highest making it a good value for money option.

Acceleration

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf isn't turning any heads with its acceleration. It takes 8.4 seconds to get to 60 mph from a standstill. However, these numbers justify the price at which the car is placed at. On paper, the car does seem slow, but you may be distracted by the torquey response of the silent single speed direct drive. 

Models

VW e-Golf

Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

Nissan Leaf SV

Hyundai Ioniq Base

0-60 MPH

8.4 seconds

6.8 seconds

7.8 seconds

8.9 seconds

Quarter mile

       

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf’s humble 0-60 of 8.4 seconds isn't the best in its class, beating only the Hyundai Ioniq, which also isn't that far behind. It is a full 2 seconds slower than the Chevrolet Bolt which takes the lead among the competitors.

 Braking and Handling

Braking on the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf is done through 11.3 in and 10.7 in disk brakes in the front and back respectively. The brakes manage to stop this 3560 lb car, going 60 mph in 128 feet.

The e-Golf has 4 levels of regenerative braking. However, the most aggressive setting fails to provide a one-pedal driving experience.

Staying true to the badge of “Golf”, the e-golf is steady and balanced in corners. The e-Golf leans less in turns compared to a Golf due to its low mounted battery pack. The e-Golf’s direct-drive provides a smooth drive quality quite effortlessly.

Model

VW e-Golf

Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

Nissan Leaf SV

Hyundai Ioniq Base

Brake Front (in.)

11.3 x 1.0 in

11 in

11.1 in

11 in

Brake Rear (in.)

10.7 x 0.4 in

10 in

11.5 in

10.3 in

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3560 lb

3582.5 lb

3468 lb

3031 lb

60-0 MPH (ft.)

128 ft

128 ft

128 feet

124 ft

Among the competitors, the Chevrolet Bolt is the most powerful car here but also the heaviest. Even so, it manages a 60-0 of 128 feet. The Ioniq being the lightest only manages a stop distance of a disappointing 124 feet. The Leaf and the e-Golf are on par with each other at 128 feet.

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Fuel Economy

Compared to gasoline vehicles, the fuel efficiency of electric vehicles is measured in MPGe (Miles per Gallon equivalent) which is a unit to measure the distance an electric vehicle can cover from an amount of electric energy which is equal to the energy consumed by burning one gallon of gasoline.

The e-Golf is efficient, providing a solid 126 MPGe in the city. Its efficiency takes a hit on the highway where it manages 111 MPGe, which is the second-highest among its competitors. It has a combined MPGe of 119.

The e-Golf lacks in range, estimated at 125 at a single charge. The Chevrolet Bolt sports a range estimated at 240 miles on a single charge, nearly double that of the e-Golf.

However, to make up for that, DC fast charging comes standard in the e-Golf which can charge the car up to 80% in an hour of charging in any DC fast charging station.

Model

VW e-Golf

Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

Nissan Leaf SV

Hyundai Ioniq Base

MPG (city)

126 miles

128 miles

124 miles

150 miles

MPG (highway)

111 miles

110 miles

99 miles

122 miles

MPG (combined)

119 Miles

119 miles

112 miles

136 miles

Range

125 miles

240 miles

150 Miles

124 Miles

In a sudden turn of events, the Hyundai Ioniq becomes the top contender, providing 150 MPGe in the city and still maintaining 122 MPGe on the highway. It has a range of 124 miles on a single charge.

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Interior

8.5/10

The interiors of the e-golf follow suit of the exterior, with a refined and elegant design. The insides are well put together, providing a convenient design that is easy on the eyes, the exact design Volkswagen was going for.

The e-Golf, being a hatchback, has a passenger capacity of 5 people. It provides ample front as well as rear space to passengers thanks to its boxy design. Getting in and out of this hatchback is quite trouble-free thanks to its squared-off doors while the size of the door makes it easy to open in tight spaces.

The e-Golf shines when it comes to its driver's seat. The generous adjustment range of the steering wheel and the seat allow almost anyone to fit.

Model

VW e-Golf

Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

Nissan Leaf SV

Hyundai Ioniq Base

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1 in/ 55.9 in/ 41.2 in

39.7 in/ 54.6 in/ 41.6 in

41.2 in/ 54.3 in/ 42.1 in

39.5 in/ 56.1 in/ 44.7 in

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1in/ 53.9in/ 35.6in

37.9 in/ 52.8 in/ 36.5 in

37.3 in/ 52.5 in/ 33.5 in

38.2 in/ 55 in/ 31.5 in

All the cars seat 5 people comfortably. The interior space available among the competitors is fairly similar to the Nissan Leaf with the maximum front space and the Hyundai Ioniq with the most Rear space. The difference in space among the four cars, however, is of fractions of an inch.

Infotainment

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf SE comes equipped with an 8” touchscreen infotainment display, while the SEL Premium comes with a larger 9.3” screen. The car comes standard with Volkswagen’s innovative Car Net App Connect allowing seamless integration with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and also the lesser-known MirrorLink. An eight-speaker sound system also comes standard. The SEL Premium trim comes with an add on Navigation system. Also, the car comes with a USB port as standard.

Other features include:

  •  AM/FM radio
  • Auxiliary Audio 
  • Satellite Radio
  • Memory Card Slot

Cargo Volume

The Volkswagen e-Golf has identical cargo space to its gas-powered brother. The battery isn't placed in the trunk, which is unusual for Electric vehicles adapted from their gas-powered sibling. The golf already has a decent amount of trunk space which increases more than 3 times with the seats folded down.

Model

VW e-Golf

Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

Nissan Leaf SV

Hyundai Ioniq Base

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

12.04 ft3

16.92 ft3

23.59 ft3

12.36 ft3

Cargo Volume with rear seats down (ft.3)

43.47 ft3

56.6 ft3

30 ft3

49.79 ft3

With the seats up the e-Golf has the least amount of cargo space as compared to its competitors thought. The Nissan Leaf leads in that criteria. However, the Leaf falls behind when comparing cargo volume with seats down, in which, the Chevrolet Bolt leads. 

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Exterior

“There are some subtle differences to the exterior styling (the e-Golf-specific wheels are the easiest way to tell) …” -Edmunds

The e-Golf has a length of 168 inches, is 71 inches wide with a height of 58 inches. The ground clearance is standard in its class at 5.6 inches.

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf holds an uncanny resemblance to the Volkswagen Golf. Apart from the unique Daytime running lights and alloys, there are no differences. The iconic boxy shape is easily recognizable. 

Model

VW e-Golf

Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

Nissan Leaf SV

Hyundai Ioniq Base

Curb weight (lbs.)

3560lb

3582.5 lb

3468 lb

3031 lb

Length(in)

168 in

164 in

176.4 in

176 in

Width(in)

70.8 in

69.5 in

70.5 in

71.7 in

Height(in)

58.3 in

62.8 in

61.4 in

57.1 in

Ground clearance (in)

5.6 in

6 in

5.9 in

5.5 in

Wheelbase (in)

103.5 in

102.4 in

106.3 in

106.3 in

Track width (in) F/R

60.4 in/ 59.2 in

59.1 in/59.1 in

60.6in/ 61.2 in

61.2 in/ 61.6 in

In comparison, the Ioniq is the lightest in the class, almost 500 lbs lighter than the others. The Ioniq and Leaf tie for the longest while the Ioniq leads in width. With an average ground clearance of 55 inches, the Ioniq leads again in wheelbase and track width.

Exterior features:

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Led Headlights and Taillights
  • Iconic 16” Alloys Wheels
  • Classic VW Golf body

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Safety

Unfortunately, the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf hasn't been crash-tested yet. This is not uncommon for vehicles with low sales volume. Even so, the e-Golf comes equipped with an array of driver-assistance features. However, these features while standard on the SEL Premium trim, are available through an optional “Driver Assistance Package” for the SE trim.

Some other safety features include:

  • 4 wheel Anti-Locking Braking system
  • Traction Control
  • 6 Occupant Sensing Airbags
  • Anti-whiplash Front Head Restraints
  • Side Impact 
  • 3 Rear Head 
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Stability Control
  • Remote Anti-theft Alarm 
  • Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance 
  • Pre-Collision Safety System

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Competition

2019 Chevrolet Bolt LT EV

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt is the only car in this class to beat the Volkswagen e-Golf in direct comparison. It outperforms the e-Golf in almost every category except Fuel Economy, where the e-Golf and Bolt perform at par.

The Bolt, however, is heavier and for the extra performance, you will have to shell out a few extra thousand dollars.

2019 Nissan Leaf SV

The Nissan Leaf SV a true rival to the e-Golf. On paper, both perform almost identical across various categories. Although being slower than the Leaf in acceleration, the e-golf shines in cargo space and fuel economy. The e-Golf also costs significantly less.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq

Although costing less than any other car in this class, the Ioniq is overshadowed by all of its competitors. Even being the lightest car of the bunch doesn't help its performance numbers. Ioniq’s strong point is its Fuel economy, whereas the range per charge is the same as the e-Golf.

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf electric Final Verdict

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf is an electric car with a familiar face. The car provides a comfortable ride along with all the modern safety features one could hope for, and it does it with style. Even the range isn't as extravagant, it is satisfying for a car of this price point.

The New Volkswagen e-Golf is truly a testament to the engineering and experience of Volkswagen wrapped in a neat, boxy package.