2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf is an exciting electric vehicle with excellent comfort features, high-quality materials, and advanced technology. It’s very similar to the standard VW Golf – minus a gas tank, exhaust system, and internal combustion engine, of course. Since they’re so similar aside from what propels them, this silent version of the Golf is just as spacious as the gas-burning one, for both passengers and cargo. That’s because the e-Golf was designed so that its battery doesn’t intrude upon this cargo space, which is a common problem with other EVs. The rear hatch and low load height provide easy access to the generous space behind the back seat. There are also plenty of clever places to stash items in the cabin, such as door pockets that accommodate water bottles.
Power, Range, and Charging
A 100 kW AC synchronous electric motor powers the e-Golf with the strength of 134 horses and a zippy 214 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard charging time on a 120-volt (common household) outlet is about 26 hours, but when it’s plugged in to a 240-volt outlet it can charge in under 6 hours. The DC fast charging feature will bring the e-Golf to 80 percent of its battery capacity in about 1 hour. The range on a full charge averages 110 MPGe. While this range may not lead the pack of 2019 EVs, the e-Golf is a nimble and dynamic car that’s a lot more fun to drive than its competitors. It also features a drive-mode selector for Normal, Eco, and Eco+, as well as three levels of regenerative braking to recycle braking energy back to the battery.
Trims and Standard Equipment
There are two trim levels, the SE and SEL Premium. The base SE comes with power heated cloth front seats with adjustable lumbar support, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Climatronic dual-zone climate control, daytime running lights, LED taillights, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, a USB port, SiriusXM All Access (with complimentary 3-month trial subscription), Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. This sound system, which also operates under voice control, still has a feature that’s seen less and less these days: a CD player.
Safety features on the SE range from a backup camera to side-curtain airbags for both rows. The optional Driver Assistance Package adds adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, forward collision warning with emergency braking and pedestrian monitor, and rear traffic alert for a mere $650.
The more extensively equipped SEL Premium adds leatherette seats, an adaptive front-lighting system, LED headlights, interior ambient lighting, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, an upgraded infotainment system with a larger (9.25 inches) touchscreen and integrated navigation. On the safety side, it receives adaptive cruise control, park distance control, a blind-spot monitor, and front assist with pedestrian alert. Both trims are eligible for factory accessories such as sun shades for the side windows, sporty metal caps for the accelerator and brake pedals, splash guards, roof rack attachments, and a trunk liner with CarGo blocks for holding items in place.