Having driven the e-Golf I can attest to the driving experience being similar to driving a corpse which is a dreadful analogy to make. But it's true. Despite being VW's fully electric Golf variant it's a woeful way in which to spend time driving. A Golf has always been about the handling but as each new generation is spawned The Golf submits to more and more middle-class values. Which means it's owners secretly smoke a lot of pot and vote Conservative.
Nevertheless, now it's time for a bit of impartiality. Launched in 2014 the updated 2017 e-Golf has new battery technology, revised styling and a host of connectivity features both in the car and in the customer’s hand via their mobile smartphone.
Volkswagen claim to have increased the real driving range by 50 per cent compared to the outgoing model, it's now 124 miles. Just don't mention the lies of "diesel-gate".
Volkswagen simply increased the size of the lithium-ion battery from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. Naturally, power is up by 15kW in comparison to the previous generation e-Golf, to 100 kW, or 136 PS.
That means the performance figures are improved too, with the 0 to 62 mph time now 9.6 seconds and a top speed, where the law permits, of 93 mph. Torque is boosted from 270 Nm to 290 Nm.
As before, the drive is via a single-speed gearbox. When the e-Golf needs charging the battery can go from empty to 80 per cent full in just 45 minutes when a 40 kW DC rapid charger connection is used.
As with all Golfs the e-Golf will come with all manner of driver safety aids, driving aids and the latest connectivity and tech but most people will just want to know if the e-Golf has LED daytime running lights... It does.
The e-Golf is available to order from today (1st Sep 2017) and is priced at £32,190 RRP OTR, or £27,690 with the Plug-in Car Grant included.