The 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf shares the majority of its exterior design with the rest of the Golf family, which means it has the same sharpened lines and dynamic proportions as the other refreshed seventh-generation (A7) models.
It does, however, have its own distinguishing features. The most notable of these is the energy-efficient LED headlights on the SEL Premium model. These lights offer greater illumination than traditional Bi-Xenon units, yet use less energy in doing so. All 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf models now receive C-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRLs) in the front bumper, and LED taillights in the rear. Other clues that this is an all-electric Volkswagen are the unique badges and blue accents, as well as the absence of any tailpipes at the rear.
The 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf exterior has some unique functional elements as well. Great attention has been paid to help maximize the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. This is most evident in the 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels which are flushed tightly within the wheel arches, helping ensure airflow is smooth and efficient along the sides of the vehicle. The wheels are wrapped in low rolling resistance tires. In addition to the wheels, the radiator shutter and grille, underbody paneling, rear spoiler and C-pillar air vanes all play a role in helping the e-Golf cut through the air quite efficiently. The result of this is an impressive coefficient of drag of 0.27.
As with the exterior, the 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf features an interior that incorporates common elements found in the rest of the 2019 Golf line as well as several unique features. Despite the large battery pack lying underneath, the e-Golf cabin offers exactly the same interior volume as other Golf hatchback models, an impressive 93.5 cubic feet. It retains the highly versatile Golf cargo area, with 22.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 52.7 cubic feet with the seats folded. Similarly, it features the same use of upscale materials and premium build quality as other Golf models, as well as the updated ergonomics and driver-centric layout.
Great attention has been paid to helping perfect the 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf noise levels and acoustics from both inside the cabin and out. Without the vibration and noise from a traditional combustion engine, new sources of sound can become more noticeable inside the cabin such as wind noise, tire sound and electrically powered auxiliary components. To counter this new acoustic profile, Volkswagen has fitted the e-Golf with a low-speed sound system to help alert pedestrians of the vehicle’s proximity, and has fitted the interior with highly sound-absorbent, lightweight materials, creating an incredibly quiet cabin. Further, the electric power plant’s subframe is a pendulum mount design, which, along with a low-noise motor housing unit, helps to enhance the calm acoustics of the e-Golf, despite the motor high torque build up under acceleration.
The 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf also offers an interior feature list that is entirely its own, including aesthetic details like blue accent elements throughout the cabin and, with the black interior, decorative seams on the steering wheel and shifter. Perhaps most notably, the instrument cluster has been redesigned for the electric vehicle’s informational needs, with the traditional tachometer being replaced with a power display that indicates if the motor is ready, whether the battery is being recharged (via regenerative braking), or if power is being drawn off — as well as an indicator of available output.
To the right of the power display is a conventional speedometer, although its lower section shows an indicator of the battery’s current state of charge. Between these two gauges lies a color information display that presents critical data such as the current drive options selected, the estimated driving range, and the remaining estimated charging time and type of charge connection. Since the electric motor doesn’t offer the same auditory and physical signs as a combustion engine when it’s running, a “READY” message appears after the motor has been started.
The 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf offers a high level of standard and available equipment, including: KESSY keyless access with push-button start; heated front seats; a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; cruise control; a car alarm; and a rearview camera.
All 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf models feature the MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The display utilizes a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming.
The e-Golf SE models are equipped with a glass-covered 8.0-inch Composition Media unit with capacitive touchscreen display. Composition Media units offer SD card and USB (one port) multimedia interfaces, as well as a rearview camera, Bluetooth technology for compatible devices, a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM radio for a three month trial period, and HD Radio. It also has the ability to send and receive SMS text messages with Bluetooth with compatible phones and pair two phones simultaneously. SEL Premium models are equipped with a 9.2-inch Discover Pro unit, which features navigation, Gesture Control, EV-specific functions, and the largest-available and highest-resolution infotainment display of any Volkswagen model in the US. It offers 3D navigation including buildings and city models, and featuring one-shot voice destination and POI entry, and destination entry with search and auto-complete.
The 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf is using a lithium-ion battery with energy capacity of 35.8 kWh. A 7.2 kW on-board charger is standard on all e-Golf trims, which enables the battery to be charged in less than six hours at a 240V charging station. All e-Golf models now also feature DC Fast Charging, enabling the battery to be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a commercial DC fast charging station.
The 2019 e-Golf is powered by a 100 kW synchronous permanent-magnet alternating current (AC) motor. In standard drive mode, it’s capable of delivering 214 lb-ft of torque along with 134 horsepower, all the while not using a single drop of gas and producing zero tailpipe emissions. The compact electric motor sends its power to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission.
Depending on driving style, vehicle settings, charging behavior, and other factors, the EPA-estimated total range for the e-Golf is approximately 125 miles. For city driving, the EPA estimated fuel economy is 126 MPGe; highway driving is rated at 111 MPGe, and combined city/ highway at 119 MPGe.
Providing power for the e-Golf electric motor is a lithium-ion battery resting in the center tunnel just ahead of the rear axle and below the rear seats. Thanks to the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) flexible architecture, Volkswagen was able to place the large battery within the chassis architecture to eliminate any additional cabin intrusion or reduction in interior space. The battery has a limited warranty that covers eight years or 100,000 miles (whichever occurs first).
All 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf models have a 7.2 kW onboard charger as standard equipment. While the standard charging cable can plug into any 110/120-volt electrical socket and charge the battery in roughly 35 hours, a more optimal solution exists in the optional 240-volt wall box (sold separately) that utilizes the 7.2 kW to charge a battery in less than six hours. All e-Golf models come equipped with a standard Combined Charging System (CCS) which allows the car to use the SAE standard DC fast charging infrastructure (at available commercial stations), delivering direct power at up to 50 kW, and bringing the battery’s state of charge up to 80 percent within an hour.
INNOVATIVE DRIVER CONTROL
The 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf features two technologies that allow the driver to control the vehicle’s energy use: three driving profiles designed to preserve energy (“Normal”, “Eco”, and “Eco+”); and three different levels of regenerative braking (“D1”, “D2”, and “D3”/”B”).
The e-Golf automatically defaults to the “Normal” driving profile, which offers the full horsepower and torque of the electric motor, enabling the e-Golf to reach 60 mph from rest in just 9.6 seconds and continue on to an electronically-limited top speed of 85 mph. If greater range is needed, the driver may select from either “Eco” or “Eco+” modes.
In “Eco” mode, maximum power is limited to 94 horsepower and 162 lb-ft, and adjustments are made to the air conditioning system and the response curve of the accelerator pedal. Top speed in “Eco” mode is electronically limited to 72 mph and 0-60 mph performance is approximately 13 seconds.
In “Eco+” mode power output is limited to 74 hp and 129 lb-ft; top speed won’t exceed the electronically limited figure of 56 mph and the accelerator pedal response curve is flattened even further. The vehicle’s air conditioning is also switched off to help maximize efficiency. Regardless of the drive mode selected, however, full accelerator pedal “kick-down” will result in the maximum power and performance of the “Normal” mode.
In addition to the driving modes, the regenerative braking system can also be used to help manage the e-Golf range. There are three driver-selectable levels available: “D1”, “D2”, and “D3”/”B”. By helping to control the amount of energy that can be recuperated from braking, the e-Golf can achieve additional driving range. If the battery is fully charged and the vehicle is in standard “D” mode, no regenerative braking will occur. If the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal or taps the shift lever to the left, the first level of regenerative braking, “D1,” is activated, wherein a small amount of energy is recuperated (and the car is slowed slightly).The Levels “D2” and the maximum “D3”/“B” offer increasing levels of regenerative braking and energy recuperation.
To help protect occupants, the 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags as standard (front and side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), along with a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
A standard feature on the 2019 Volkswagen E-Golf models is Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System helps address this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
The Golf also feature a standard rearview camera and includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions.
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