Facelifted 2017 VW e-Golf Gets More Power and Range in LA
The 2017 electric Golf can go farther, quicker
The main update to the e-Golf regards the battery, which now has increased capacity for a 50 percent greater driving range. The new lithium-ion battery's energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh.
VW says the 2017 e-Golf can cover up to 124 miles (200 km) on a full charge according to U.S. measurements. In Europe, the facelifted e-Golf's driving range is said to reach 300 km (186 miles).
The 2017 e-Golf comes with a standard 7.2 kW on-board charger in the U.S. (on both SE and SEL Premium trims), which enables the battery to charge to 100 percent in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium), the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.
VW has also updated the electric motor, with power and torque now boosted to 100 kW (134 hp) and 214 lb-ft (290 Nm) of torque — up 15 kW (19 hp) and 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) compared to the pre-facelift model. As a result, the 2017 e-Golf is more than a second quicker from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h), completing the sprint in 9.6 seconds. Top speed increases as well to 93 mph (150 km/h).
In addition to these upgrades, the 2017 e-Golf gets new high-tech features like the optional fully digital and interactive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that reunites all instruments on a 12.3-inch color screen. The system can be operated by gesture control in Europe, while the U.S. will get it in the next two years.
Assistance systems for the e-Golf include Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and pedestrian monitoring, as well as the optional Driver Assistance Package.
Styling-wise, the 2017 e-Golf gets new bumpers, front fenders, as well as LED headlights and taillights. Inside, new seating surfaces and trim complete the changes.