2017 Volkswagen e-Golf review: Great hatch, great electric car

Introduction

The Volkswagen Golf is about the most reassuringly normal car going. You know what you're getting, and you know it's a safe option in a car market increasingly muddied with SUV-like alternatives and more extreme-looking rivals. The pure electric Golf, or the e-Golf, is just as reassuringly normal in the electric car class.

 

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Body Style: 5 door hatchback

Seats: 5

MRP from £28,230 including £4500 gov. grant

Did you know? The e-Golf does 186 miles officially, but a Nissan Leaf will do 235 miles. If occasional long distance journeys are a concern for you, don't forget to consider plug-in hybrid alternatives like the VW Golf GTE, Hyundai Ioniq and BMW i3 range extender. 

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 7.0 / 10

The VW e-Golf is instantly likeable. It's so effortless to drive - from the eery linear acceleration, calm refinement and well-judged adjustable regenerative braking - that it takes almost no brain power at all to drive. Plus, being one of the most understated electric cars, it'll suit anyone who doesn't want the extrovert styling often associated with EVs - as demonstrated by the futuristic BMW i3 and Renault Zoe.

The problem is that it's substantially more expensive than a Nissan Leaf on monthly finance or when buying outright, and when a high-spec 1.5 TSI G...