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 i3 will go and 17 percent further than a 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 suitable for the Nissan Leaf, but the charge network will only get better.

Hilton Holloway

Associate editor
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. 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.

Save money on your car insurance

Compare quotesCompare insurance quotes

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
    First Drive
    19 March 2018
    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class could be all the estate car you’ll ever want — or it could be overkill. Let’s see which...
  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?