Is this EV a subpar performance or a great drive?
When people think of electric cars, there are often visions of futuristic, tech-filled and neon-accented flying machines, but this generation of electric cars may be more familiar than you think. As the electric revolution takes hold, the e-Golf is Volkswagen’s innovative new electric car, based on one of the most popular car models of all time.
Our friends at Listers Volkswagen gave Charlotte, a Mercedes A-Class driver (and one of our Account Managers,) an e-Golf to use for a week. She’d need it for her 25-mile commute to the office and a few customer meetings. Being someone who’s not used to life with an electric, and does a varied mileage, she’s the perfect driver to put the e-golf to the test.
At first glance you’d be hard pushed to know the e-Golf was electric, it looks, well, like a normal car!
The e-Golf is based on the SE Tech trim and is a very well-equipped car. With alloys, dual zone climate, auto lights, adaptive cruise control, satnav, front and rear sensors, DAB and Bluetooth, Apple car play/android auto, LED headlights and a heated windscreen, the list goes on! It’s a 5-seater with room to spare.
One of the additions that is often underestimated, and that you won’t find on a traditional Golf, is the addition of Car-Net, an app that allows you to set charging times. This means that if you’re charging off-peak it could cost you as little as £1.00 to drive over 100 miles. You also have the ability to defrost and pre-warm the car while on mains.
This ended up being a bit of a saviour for Charlotte who had this car during a lovely spring week with hail and rain, where temperatures rarely moved into double figures. The experience of waking up to a fully charged and pre-warmed car is enough to convert many to electric cars during winter!
Charlotte says: “The home charging and app connections were really easy and I found some of the interior tech really useful. It has a system to monitor your driving and scores out of 100 based on how ‘blue’ your driving is.”
Plug over Petrol Pump?
Charlotte doesn’t currently have a fast charger at home (although when she orders her EV from us, she’ll get one for free!) For now, she charged from a normal 3 pin plug which just about gave a full charge overnight. Volkswagen advertises 186 miles range, and this e-Golf managed 120 miles each time with a mixture of motorway and town driving.
The car does come with driving score tools and will educate you on how to improve the economy. As an example, it comes with adaptive cruise control but Charlotte quickly discovered this hurts the economy and turned it off. Over summer months we think the car would typically do 145 miles. A fast charge at virtually all motorway services will give you another 100 miles in 45 minutes, or just over 20 minutes if you find a 50kw charger (ZapMap can help identify these). The car is very nippy and responsive around town and very happy cruising up and down the motorway.
Charlotte says: “One feature I really liked was the pop up at 50 miles remaining range that asked me if I wanted to find a nearby charge point. It’s nice that the car can help you solve one of the bigger stresses with driving electric.”
Cost-wise this is slightly more expensive to buy than a Leaf or Zoe, but on salary sacrifice, it’s just over £300 a month. Combine that with about £10 of electric to run for a month and you have a very cheap way to get into a very capable and desirable car. An initial search on leasing.com shows retail costs of over £300 (once you factor in the deposit) which doesn’t include maintenance, tyres, insurance etc. and factor in fuel and you’re looking at typical costs of £500 a month for a traditional Golf in this trim, or around £330 on salary sacrifice with everything managed for you!
Would we Get One?
Well if you’re like 70% of our customers and do 10,000 miles per annum, commute below 100 miles and have a drive or garage, absolutely! Combine it with electric flex for when you need more range or factor in charge stops, it’s easier than you think.
If you don’t have a drive there are still options that make this do-able. Remember that if 2 more of your colleagues take electric cars through our Salary Sacrifice Scheme we can (subject to approval) put in free workplace charging so you can charge at work!
If you regularly need more range than perhaps the e-Golf can offer, you can have a look at the eNiro, Kona EV or more upmarket Jaguar I-Pace, all a little more expensive but all covering 250 miles with ease!
Charlotte says: “It’s one of the more expensive of the ‘run around’ electric vehicles, but a good starting point for those who don’t want to drive Nissan or Renault. I liked the fact It looks like a regular Golf, it doesn’t scream electric car. It even has a ‘traditional’ fuel gauge, but with a battery image instead of a fuel pump, which I thought was pretty cool!”
You can download a free Guide to the Electric Revolution below to find out what else is available and some of the great pricing on new electrics!
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