First Look: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

By Product Expert | Posted in VW e-Golf, VW Golf Alltrack on Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 9:46 pm
How far can the 2017 VW e-Golf drive on a full charge

How far can the 2017 VW e-Golf drive on a full charge?

It seems the automotive landscape is changing, and for those concerned with fuel economy and environmental impact, these changes appear to be for the better. We’re not quite to the point where we’ll be seeing the skylines filled with cars, but we have to say that EVs are seeming futuristic to us. Recently, we learned that the 2017 VW e-Golf is getting an impressive boost to its range, but just how far can you drive it on a full charge?

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf can drive up to 124 miles on a single charge

One of the reasons that electric vehicles are slow to catch on is that the range has traditionally been fairly limited. The e-Golf first came out as a 2015 model year and it currently has a range of up to 83 miles. Now, on average, most drivers put less than 30 miles a day on their cars, which means you would only need to charge your vehicle every other day. Considering the fuel savings, this doesn’t sound like a big deal. But what about those who commute, or at least want the option to travel farther? Our charging station infrastructure isn’t bad in Las Vegas, but visit somewhere more rural and you could be struggling.

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Well, not VW is upping the practicality of the e-Golf for the 2017 model year by increasing the range to 124 miles. The SE and SEL Premium trims are losing the smaller on-board charger, with the 7.2 kW one once again coming standard. The charging time is less than 6 hours for traditional charging, but the DC fast charging option means the model can get up to 80 percent full in less than an hour.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Exterior
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Interior

Other updates to the 2017 VW e-Golf

Range is an important improvement for the e-Golf, but it’s not the only thing that makes this model year better. EVs are notorious for being less fun to drive than traditional gasoline models imply because they have a lower power output. VW has enhanced the powertrain to deliver 134hp and 214 pound-feeet of torque. The model now has a 0-60 time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 93 mph. Will it outpace a GTI? Of course not, but it also won’t leave you struggling to reach highway speeds compared to other compact cars.

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The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf will also have more driver assistance features and better infotainment options upon release. Stay tuned here at the Findlay North Volkswagen Blog for more specifics.

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