Like humans, cars benefit from “genes” or in this case, the platform or chassis they were built upon; to offer up a challenge to the likes of the Ford Focus EV or the Chevy Volt EV, Volkswagen offers the trusty 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf EV Hatchback. The e-Golf is an attractively-priced electric vehicle that stands upon the fun, stable, and proven Golf platform.
There is Little Change in the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf EV Hatchback
On the outside, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf EV Hatchback looks no different from the standard Golf hatchback apart from the obvious badges that indicate that this is the EV variant of the popular Golf. For 2016, it sports LED day time running lights that are integrated on the bumper as the fog lights and are shaped to look like a front scoop. The red band as seen on Golf GTI’s the grille that continues to the headlights is replaced with a blue band along with an “electric vehicle” badge where the GTI, used to be. Under the hood is a very humble 115hp electric motor that puts out 199lb-ft of torque instantly available at a step of the go pedal with the single speed direct drive in an FWD layout.
On the inside of the 2016 e-Golf EV Hatchback, the instrument cluster needed to be replaced by an informative power meter that monitors your range and other EV essential info. For this review vehicle, the particular trim we have is a base model so interior quality is average as it features cloth interior from seats to the door panels. One thing to note is interior space is not reduced due to the battery packs on the floor thereby retaining the original dimensions of the petrol-powered Golf.
Driving the electric powered 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf EV Hatchback is also average as the modest 115hp AC motor can only do so much in pulling the +211 pound more than the regular Golf. 0-60 times are at a slow 9.4 seconds and while the instantaneous torque is nice and smooth but at the same time delivers that boost of pulling power when needed, it lacked the numbers to provide for a fun ride as power was on the low side. What’s good is because this is still a Golf, despite the slow ride, the chassis still serves up a stable ride even when cornering.
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