Words by Declan Glynn
Historically, the multi award-winning Golf is Volkswagen’s best-selling model, and is among the world’s top three best-selling cars, with more than 35 million built since the launch of the MK1 model in 1974.
Thanks to its upmarket presence and feel, practicality, comfort, outstanding build quality, and generous equipment levels, the VW Golf continues to be one of the world’s favourite family cars.
The wonderful e-Golf adds one more feature to the Golf’s envious list of attributes – silence.
The electric motor delivers its power instantly, so the car responds quickly and quietly, making the e-Golf simple to drive, smooth and remarkably relaxing.
There are three driving modes in the e-Golf – Normal, Eco and Eco+ – which do vary how much range you can get out of a single charge.
There is also a ‘B’ mode that can be engaged from the gearbox , which will convert the car’s lost momentum into charge in the battery, and is enough to slow the car without the driver needing to press the brake pedal.
The VW e-Golf was initially launched in 2014, and it received the same cosmetic and equipment tweaks as the rest of the Golf range in 2017.
Along with this upgrade came an increase in the energy capacity of the e-Golf’s lithium-ion battery, from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh.
Power output was hiked to 136 bhp, and the car’s range was boosted to 230 km when tested under strict new WLTP testing procedures.
As with all electrically-powered vehicles, battery range will ultimately depend on driving style, use of heating and ventilation, and weather conditions.
The e-Golf comes in its own highly specified trim levels – namely ‘e-Golf’ and ‘e-Golf Executive Edition’ – which are priced from €35,995 and €39,495 respectively (inclusive of current Government incentives).
In addition to the impressive standard equipment in the e-Golf, the ‘Executive Edition’ adds 17-inch ‘Madrid’ alloy wheels, LED tail lights with running indicators, a full leather interior with sports comfort seats in front, Active Info Display, rear view camera, heated front seats, tinted rear windows and keyless access.
Charging the VW e-Golf is a simple procedure. You can charge it through a normal household three-pin plug, which takes around 13 hours for a full charge.
Alternatively, you can have a dedicated charging point installed at your home, bringing charging time down to between four and five hours.
However, the quickest option is a public charging station, which can charge the battery to 80% in just 45 minutes using the CCS rapid charging system available for the e-Golf.
My review car was a new VW e-Golf Executive Edition, which looked particularly striking in Atlantic Blue metallic paint.
Driving an e-Golf brought with it a huge element of fun, with no journey failing to leave a huge smile on my face.
The surge of power when you drive an e-Golf has to be experienced to be believed.
With 136bhp (100Kw), and a healthy 290Nm of torque available, the 1-speed automatic gearbox ensures a real wow-effect from a standing start, all the way up to a top speed of 150km/h – where legally permitted.
The e-Golf can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 9.6-seconds.
The VW e-Golf takes all the quality, practicality and comfort of the standard Golf and adds the attraction of zero-emission motoring.
There are many grants and incentives available when you buy a new VW e-Golf, such as €5,000 VRT relief, €5,000 SEAI Grant (Private) or €3,800 (commercial), €600 Home Charger SEAI Grant, Savings on toll charges, 0% BIK, and annual road tax of just €120.