Volkswagen e-Golf order books open
Costing £25,845 on the road – which includes a £5,000 Government grant (£30,845 RRP) – the battery powered, eco-friendly vehicle has a range of up to 118 miles, does a standard full charge in 13 hours and can be fast-charged to 80 per cent in just 35 minutes.
It has been based on the standard seventh-generation Golf, which was named both World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year in 2013, and offers the same practicality, refinement and advanced technology but with a purely electric drivetrain and no emissions.
Available in the UK solely in five-door hatchback guise and in a single well-equipped trim level, it can be charged from a household three-pin socket with the cable provided.
The equipment specification has been based on the standard Golf SE, and sees the fitment of dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, model specific 'Tilleves' alloy wheels and 'Discover Pro' satellite navigation, with an eight-inch colour touchscreen.
The e-Golf takes 10.4 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph, which might not seem too speedy on paper but is definitely on the money for a family car. By comparison, the frugality-minded Golf Bluemotion, which is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel motor, completes the benchmark sprint in 10.5 seconds. The e-Golf's top speed is 87mph.
In addition to the standard driving mode, there are also two economy profiles – Eco and Eco+ – with both settings cutting the maximum available power and top speed to preserve power and maximise range.
The e-Golf can be ordered from any one of 24 VW electric vehicle specialist dealers around the UK, and first deliveries are expected at the end of June.