The Volkswagen e-Golf: Comparing the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 Years

So you’re looking to buy a vehicle and it must meet this criteria: A used compact car from Volkswagen that’s also electric. How do the 2015, 2016. 2017 and 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf models compare?
Written by Kerry Gibson
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jun 21, 2022
The Golf is a compact car from German automaker,
Volkswagen
, that’s been around for nearly five decades. However, in recent years, it’s introduced an electric version. The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf now competes with subsequent model years on the used car market.
We’ll take a closer look at the key differences and similarities that determined the evolution of the Volkswagen e-Golf. This EV was produced until 2020, and it’s since been replaced by the company’s
ID.4 model
.

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen finally caved to the pressure of adding an EV to its lineup in 2015. The e-Golf was built using the same proprietary platform as many of its other models.
For the most part, it resembles its internal-combustion engine sibling, aside from a few cosmetic distinctions. Limited lights, 16-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and front grille shutter are all unique to the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.
Car and Driver
confirms that acceleration is moderately brisk and the suspension is firm. The 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack makes it heavier than its automatic counterpart. The electric motors produce 199 lb-ft of torque and 115 hp.
There are several settings available to customize the amount of regenerative braking and select from different driving modes. Unless drivers use very careful consideration, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf range is limited somewhere between 70 and 90 miles. Charge time is less than four hours with a 240-volt connection.
The premium interior includes a rearview camera, navigation, and heated front seats. It cost owners $36,265 brand new.

The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

The following year, Volkswagen introduced an entry-level trim with a significantly reduced price of $29,815. The premium model upgrades the 6.5-inch infotainment screen to eight inches, and includes leatherette upholstery. Owners could add a bundle that included automated emergency braking, hands-free park assist, and forward-collision warning.
The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf range is an estimated 83 miles, making it suitable for urban driving only. The power meter in the dash keeps drivers abreast of the effectiveness of the regenerative braking. It reaches a top speed of 85 mph.
Cabin size and dimensions are the same as the combustion engine Golf, despite the battery pack below the floor. The car combines commendable performance and acomfortable ride, as per
Car and Driver
. It averaged 94 MPGe during testing. 

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

In 2017, this EV got a newly optimized 35.8 kWh battery pack that didn’t actually affect the weight of the vehicle. The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf range increased to 125 miles.
The car’s output jumped to 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque.
Car and Driver
reports that all three trim levels come standard with a 7.2 kW onboard charger. This means recharging takes less than six hours with a 240-volt outlet.
Its low center of gravity provides excellent driving dynamics, thanks to its subfloor battery placement. The car will hum at low speeds to warn pedestrians of its presence, but this is inaudible from inside the cabin.
The fake exhaust holes in the rear bumper seem unnecessary, considering owners are buying an EV and not a gasoline-powered car. Inside, the infotainment screen is now a standard eight inches.

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

This car was built with the same equipment as previous models, so horsepower and torque remain unchanged. The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf range still sits at 125 miles. It won the best compact EV award, despite competitors offering twice the driving range.
Pricing increased to $32,790 for the lower trim, and just shy of $40,000 for the premium trim. Unless ambient lighting, a 9.3-inch screen, and a self-dimming rearview mirror are important to you,
Car and Driver
recommends sticking with the base model.
Compared to its predecessors, the main differences lie with the standard features and optional Driver Assistance package. The company promises over 110 MPGe.
Buying a used Volkswagen e-Golf is certainly an economical decision and you’re guaranteed a quality ride, unless you plan on traveling long distances.
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