2017 Volkswagen E-Golf Boosts Driving Range to 125 Miles
Volkswagen announced last week that the new 2017 Volkswagen E-Golf will increase its driving range by 50 percent compared to the outgoing 2016 model. The 2017 E-Golf will use a 35.8-kWh battery pack to provide an EPA-estimate average driving range of 125 miles—offering 130.3 miles in the city and 117.7 miles in highway driving.
The 2017 E-Golf goes on sales in the spring. Pricing has not yet been announced. (Pricing for the 2016 model, which provides 83 miles of range, started at about $30,000 before incentives.)
The E-Golf’s bigger battery puts the VW electric car in second place for range among affordable electric models. The Chevy Bolt, with 238 miles of range, has an impressive advantage for range. Yet, models like the 124-mile Hyundai Ioniq and 114-mile BMW i3 are arguably nicer overall vehicles in terms of creature comforts, design and driving manners. (Tesla models, while offering around 300 miles of range, begin around $70,000 and commonly sell for around $100,000.)
The improvement in the E-Golf’s driving range does not come at the expense of performance. The 2017 model’s power output increases from 115 to 134 horsepower, while torque ramps up from 199 to 214 pound-feet. Zero-to-60 mph sprints now take 9.3 seconds and the 2017 E-Golf has a top speed of 93 miles per hour.
The 2017 e-Golf will also feature a sleeker front fascia and new headlight design. Buyers will also have the option for a new 12.3-inch display that replaces the gauge cluster, as well as a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control.
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