It’s just like Volkswagen to produce a better electric hatchback than almost anyone else – one that does everything you might reasonably require of it to a distinguished standard – and then be totally content that, when all is said and done, it’s just another Volkswagen Golf.

That, after all, is precisely the point. The e-Golf isn’t a philosophical statement. It’s easily understood, easy to use and about as uncompromised as any mass-market, pure-electric car can be right now.

A predictably confident statement, and every bit the EV we'd expect from Volkswagen

There are compromises, of course. These are early days for electric motoring, and choosing to adopt it means accepting certain non-negotiable realities about how far and how fast you’re going to drive, where you’re going to charge and, sometimes, when you’ll be able to drive home again.

Yes, the Nissan Leaf is more usable and the BMW i3 more entertaining and desirable. But the e-Golf is an excellent EV – and as the landscape matures, it will be well placed to take advantage and with its enlarged range - you wouldn't bet against it.