The e-Golf Evolution: Volkswagen's Step Into Electrification

The e-Golf Evolution: Volkswagen's Step Into Electrification

Well, ever wondered how the legend of the Volkswagen Golf will stand up to the Electric Revolution? Here's our first move into the eco-driving century: EeGolf.

In this article, we get a sneak into the e-Golf Evolution as we dig deeper into the journey of Volkswagen on its electrification. From its onset to the latest, this is the entire electric marvel that you need to know.

So, let's get started.

Features and specifications of the e-Golf in 2024

The e-Golf Evolution embodies Volkswagen´s efforts toward new mobility by being friendlier to the environment. While the automotive world gears to electric power, e-Golf in 2024 is already outdated. Its first debut was over 10 years ago and we can already see how much the technology has evolved. 

Let's discuss the e-Golf in more detail.


The e-Golf, when it debuted, offered a respectable range for its time, typically averaging around 125 miles on a single charge. In the 2017 e-Golf model, they increase the range to 300 miles on a single charge. However, in comparison to newer electric vehicles, this range falls short. Modern electric cars often boast ranges exceeding 400 miles, making the e-Golf less competitive in this aspect.


In terms of design, the e-Golf maintains a classic aesthetic that aligns with Volkswagen's signature style. However, its appearance may be perceived as dated when compared to more recent electric vehicle designs.

While it retains the sleek lines and compact form factor characteristic of the Golf lineup, it lacks the avant-garde styling elements seen in newer models.

Driver Assistance

The e-Golf's suite of driver assistance features, while groundbreaking at the time of its release, now lags behind contemporary standards.

Basic safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring are available, but advanced semi-autonomous driving capabilities found in newer models are notably absent.


Convenience features in the e-Golf are adequate but may feel outdated to modern consumers. A standard touchscreen infotainment system provides essential functions such as navigation and smartphone integration, but the interface may lack the responsiveness and advanced features found in newer systems.

Additionally, while the e-Golf supports fast charging, its charging times may be longer compared to newer electric vehicles equipped with more advanced charging technology.

Evolution of the VW e-Golf

Well, in the case of the VW e-Golf, nothing really changes. It is, from day one, an ever-developing vehicle with a course that has promised dedication as leaders of electric vehicles by Volkswagen.

This is evident from the pace made from Generation 1 to Generation 2, from the contemplation of battery sizes, and charging capabilities to horsepower. There's a huge improvement in EV battery capacity, charging capabilities, and horsepower.

Details of those changes will help to show how they have assisted in evolving the e-Golf into something better and more efficient.

First Generation (2014-2016)

This e-Golf, which first arrived on the market in 2014, was a whole new model—the most significant thing being that it represented the first electric car from Volkswagen (along with the e-Up!). A 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery secured EPA-rated, uniform top-driving-range status with a value of 190 km (118 miles) on a single charge.

The electric motor itself provides 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, which should, in turn, give rather predictable yet peppy driving, considering the added output for the battery pack. Standard charging ranged from 3.6kW onboard chargers to most but the very base trim had an available option for a 7.2kW onboard charger for improved charging times.

Additionally, the e-Golf featured DC fast charging capabilities with a speed of 44 kW, significantly reducing the time needed to recharge the battery.

In terms of pricing, the e-Golf was competitively positioned in the market with a price range of €18,000-20,000, offering a cost-effective entry into electric mobility. The vehicle's energy consumption was efficient, with a rate of 16.8kWh/100km, reflecting Volkswagen's commitment to sustainable driving.

Dimension-wise, the e-Golf maintained the compact and practical design synonymous with the Golf range, providing ample interior space without compromising on maneuverability. 

The first-gen e-Golf came with regenerative braking, touchscreen infotainment, and all expected basic safety features—part and parcel for what the rest of the Golf range presented.

Second Generation (2017-2021)

The second generation of the e-Golf hit the streets back in 2017, bringing about quite a number of payable differences over the predecessor. It saw its battery capacity rise to 35.8 kWh, which extended the range to something near 300 km, or 186 miles, on a single filling.

These improvements answered the cries of the biggest concern of electric car owners: range anxiety. The electric motor's output was also boosted to 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque, providing a more spirited driving experience.

Also available on the updated second-gen VW e-Golf is a now-standard 7.2 kW onboard charger with DC fast charges allowing for an 80% charge level for the battery pack in only 45 minutes. Otherwise, newer available options include adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and a new 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control.

Additionally, the outer surface of the e-Golf has also been redesigned, sporting small design touches on the bumpers, new LED headlights, and some small aerodynamic body improvements.

How to charge an e-Golf at home?

Charging an e-Golf at home is a convenient way to ensure your vehicle is always ready for your next journey.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Step 1: Choose the Right Charging Equipment

Level 1 charging: This uses a standard 120-volt household outlet. Very low power provided by this method—loyal to 4-5 miles of added range per hour of charging, since taking one's batteries above about 75% charge can be unnecessarily time-consuming—seems, given enough total hours of vehicle inactivity that typically occur each night, it could be a practically useful form of overnight charging, surely for daily drivers.

Level 2 charging: Level 2 Charging provides a power level suitable for adding a large number of miles to your range per hour—at least 16 to 50 miles, depending on your car. For that to be possible, a Level 2 charging station set up at 240 volts is the best way to go.

Step 2: Install the Charging Station (for Level 2 Charging)

A Level 2 charging station can be added and used with a certified electrician who is well versed in proper placement on your wall for easy access to your e-Golf and best practices in where to park your e-Golf.

Step 3: Connect the Charger to Your e-Golf

Plug the charger on the E-golf to its charging port. In most vehicles, it is found at the front of the e-Golf. Ensure that the connection is secure and proper with level 1 and 2.

Step 4: Start Charging

Once connected, it will have an automatic charging. There is an e-Golf dashboard's sidebar that shows the steps in the charging process, such as an estimate of the time remaining before the battery can be fully charged.

Step 5: Monitor the Charging Process

Regularly, the process is available with close monitoring, more easily traced from the dashboard display of an e-Golf or from an app on your smart device if the charging point is an intelligent one.

Step 6: Disconnect the Charger

After stopping the charging procedure and before taking the VW e-Golf on a trip, it is necessary to first disconnect the charging system from the car and the power outlet; and then store the EV charging cable safely.

Is the e-Golf a good car?

The e-Golf is a solid choice for those seeking an electric vehicle (EV) with a smooth, quiet ride and instant torque for responsive city driving. Its improved range and faster charging options enhance its practicality, though longer trips may still require planning.

It is the car that is expected to stun the outsider with its comfort, kit, and technologies that are user-friendly. If its pricing is higher compared to some rivals, then the lower running costs and potential incentives will easily turn this to be a cost-effective electric car.

The VW e-Golf will offer the best of them for anyone in search of the mentioned benefits and add versatility and fun in a package that will provide about equal parts of a sound city driver.

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