• Range increased to 186 miles
  • More power from electric motor
  • Costs £27,690 including plug-in car grant

Volkswagen has announced updates for its e-Golf electric family hatchback, which means the car is now officially rated for a range of 186 miles on the New European Driving Cycle. 

The increase is thanks to a larger-capacity lithium-ion battery that’s grown from 24.2kWh to 35.8kWh. 

Power is increased to 134bhp, a 20bhp increase on the previous model. Torque is also increased from 199lb ft to 214lb ft, which means an improved 0-62mph time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 93mph. 

2018 Volkswagen e-Golf
2018 Volkswagen e-Golf

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The e-Golf can be charged to 80 percent full in 45 minutes using a 40kW rapid charger, or from empty to full in just under five and a half hours using a wallbox. 

Owners can use Volkswagen’s smartphone app to control certain aspects of their car – turning the air conditioning on remotely, for instance, or setting a preferred time for the car to charge. 

The Volkswagen also sees some interior upgrades, with the German manufacturer’s Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system now an option. It has a 9.2-inch touchscreen and uses gesture control. 

Another new option is the Active Info Display, which replaces the traditional instruments with a 12.3-inch TFT screen that can be personalised to display different information to the driver. 

The recommended retail price of the revised e-Golf is £32,190 on the road, which is reduced to £27,690 with the government’s plug-in car grant. 

Gallery: 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf