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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

An electric car doesn’t come without its compromises, but nobody gets close to buying one without considering those. The most pressing one concerns range. At its most efficient, our test e-Golf was on schedule to do 150 miles before creeping to a halt. That doesn’t sound much, but it’s about 33 percent further than a battery-only BMW i3 will go and suitable for the 17 percent further than a Nissan Leaf

The e-Golf uses new European-standard Combined Charging System fast chargers, which are fewer in number around the UK at present than the Chademo equivalents Nissan Leaf, but the charge network will only get better.

The car could do with a switchable low-speed beeper to warn pedestrians of its presence

At the same time, charging costs remain low and EVs are exempt from the London congestion charge and vehicle excise duty. For now.

That’s probably just as well, because our residual value experts don’t predict great things of the e-Golf or its peers. Volkswagen Golfs are accustomed to retaining 40 percent of their value over four years, not 25 percent.

You might also be surprised to find that, for a car with such a honed spec, there's a hefty list of options. None will make a huge difference to the resale value though, but we'd opt for the reversing camera and the steering wheel paddle option. It's heated, too.