The updated car can cover up to 186 miles on a single according to New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) tests, and Volkswagen claims that 124 miles or more is possible in real-world driving.
Electric motor and battery
This ranks the new e-Golf above its, key rival, the Nissan Leaf, which according to NEDC tests has a 156-mile range - or about 110 miles in real-world driving conditions. However, the new Renault Zoe trumps both models with its claimed 250-mile range and estimated 186-mile real-world range.
The e-Golf has a 35.8kWh lithium-ion battery (up from 24.2kWh), producing 134bhp and 214lb ft of torque. Volkswagen says the car’s battery can be charged to 80% capacity in an hour using a 40kW fast charger. When using a conventional wall charger of 7.2kW, charging to 100% takes less than six hours.
Straight-line performance has also been improved, with the 0-62mph dash taking 9.6sec, eight tenths of a second quicker than before. Top speed is now 93mph, 6mph more than the outgoing car.
Upgrades and technology
Along with the technical changes for the 2017 e-Golf are the same aesthetic updates that have been applied to the facelifted Golf range. The refreshed look adds full LED headlights and tail-lights, along with tweaked front and rear bumper designs.
Inside, the new e-Golf gets Volkswagen’s Active Info Display, a 12.3in screen that replaces traditional instrument dials. Additionally, a centre console-mounted 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system now features gesture control as standard – a first for production EVs.
Along with smartphone connectivity that offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link functionality, the infotainment system also uses e-Remote technology to enable wireless control of air conditioning and battery charging.
New driver assist programmes added to the 2017 model are Traffic Jam Assist, which can autonomously control the throttle and brakes in traffic of speeds up to 37mph, pedestrian monitoring for front assist with City Emergency Braking technology, and an emergency stop system that can halt the car if it senses that its driver has been taken ill.
Pricing and on sale date
UK order books for the regular 2017 Golf range open in April. Sales for the e-Golf will likely commence at this time, although this is yet to be confirmed by Volkswagen.
Pricing will be revealed closer to this time, but Volkswagen officials have hinted at a small price hike over the outgoing model, which currently costs from £31,680.
Video of the new Volkswagen Golf