Ten Second Review
Volkswagen e-Golf Lease Review - The Vokswagen e-Golf is exactly that, a standard Golf with the engine stripped out and a battery put in its place. Following on from the success of the e-Up, this model features a 113bhp battery motor that plugs into a standard household charger, taking 13 hours to charge to full from flat. The home charger units at service stations bring this down to about 8 hours, but the fast charge system will charge the battery up to 80% in 35 minutes.
As with every Golf, what is really praised here is the drive. The smooth and silent engine accelerates as well as any petrol powered vehicle, and this handles as well as most golfs on the market, and certainly better than the Cabriolet, another heavy Golf variant. You do get more wind and road noise simply because there is more air in the body, but otherwise this is as refined as an electric model will get. This also comes with some neat extras, but VW haven’t gone out of their way to try and be futuristic. A few blue LEDs separate this dash from the modern golf. Standard equipment (although there is only one trim) is fairly competitive, with = climate and cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, DAB radio, Bluetooth sat-nav, and LED headlights, as well as being fully app compatible when charging (you can heat and cool the car manually from your phone.
These are accentuated by a clever system designed to convert the excess energy created during breaking and use that to power the battery, in much the same way as with the Bluemotion models. With five selectable modes this can come in quiet useful, especially when nipping in and out of traffic. With plenty of economy modes, this car is well equipped to the needs of the modern electric driver. Finally this works well as a practical alternative, as all Golfs should, with plenty of room in the back for full sized adults and a strong boot capacity. As for safety equipment, this comes with all the refinements of a top of the line Golf with stability controls and several airbags This is a great electric car for the modern age and sets a tough precedent for VW to adopt throughout its models.