The Volkswagen e-Golf debuted in 2015 as a low-key alternative to the more in-your-face EV options. As it rolls into 2018, we expect no changes to this limited-availability hatchback. If you are considering the e-Golf, you will want to act soon because it will only remain in production through 2020 before Volkswagen discontinues it.
We expect the 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf to roll in with a virtually unchanged exterior when compared to the previous model year. With it being a compliance vehicle that is only available in 10 states — California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont — along with Washington, D.C., this lack of change shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Inside, we expect the 2018 e-Golf to retain the current model’s simple and well-laid-out cabin design.
We also expect the 2018 e-Golf’s powertrain to remain unchanged. If this is the case, it will use the same 134-horsepower electric motor fueled by a 35.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack. This will give it a range of up to 124 miles. Charging the e-Golf from zero to 80 percent will take as little as 30 minutes on a DC quick charger.
Because the IIHS has only tested the standard Golf for safety, it’s hard to say how the e-Golf would perform in a crash. That said, the standard Golf missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to an “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap crash test and its lack of advanced automatic emergency braking. We expect this to remain the same in 2018.
Stay tuned for a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
There is no official on-sale date for the 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf, but stay tuned for updates. Regardless of whenever it goes on sale, finding one on a dealer's lot will be extremely difficult.
There is no word on pricing, but with no changes, we expect the 2018 e-Golf’s prices to remain similar to the 2017 model, which range from $31,345 to $37,845 (destination fees included). These prices are before any federal or state credits for buying an EV.
Pictured: 2017 e-Golf