2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium: Even More to Like

Published: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 7:16 PM

2017vwegolf475For 2017 the Volkswagen e-Golf gets an extended range of 125 miles on a full charge, up from 83 miles on older models. Also the 7.2kW on-board charger is standard on all trims.

Since I don’t have an electrical outlet in my garage (all electricity is up a steep hill), I was planning on charging the e-Golf at the quick-charge station that is just a mile from my house. Since I am a EV novice I had no idea that there are two quick-charge formats: SAE Combo and CHAdeMO (there’s a third but that one is unique to Tesla). Suffice it to say that the quick-charge station near me was NOT the one I needed, the e-Golf has a SAE Combo charger, the one near me was CHAdeMO. Once again I contacted a kind neighbor who allowed me to charge the car on his home charger. The good news is that with the extended range of the e-Golf, I only had to borrow his charger once during my week-long review drive.

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf comes in two trims; SE and SEL Premium. This review will focus on the SEL Premium trim.

With the SEL Premium trim you’ll get an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation which includes charging station locations. The stereo system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2017vwegolfdashThe e-Golf is equipped with a 134-horse powered electric motor producing 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. It can get up to 125 miles range on a full charge and cruise along at 85 mph which will get you a speeding ticket most places. It also coasts when you take your foot off the pedal instead of engaging the brakes and going into regenerative mode and slowing the car down. That helps to make the e-Golf more zippy.

Since it’s a Golf you’ll get all the great Golf features. Seating is good but front seat and back with plenty of head and leg-room. The back hatch makes for easy loading and unloading of cargo. The interior looks up market and very European in the placement of gauges and knobs.

Driving the e-Golf is just like driving a gasoline powered car in it’s acceleration and handling, it’s just a lot quieter. I did not have one bit of range anxiety with the extended range and it was easy to plug in the car for charging.

Looking for an electric vehicle with good range and plenty of room for passengers and cargo? Give the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium a test drive.