Shortly after unveiling the facelifted Mk7 Golf, Volkswagen dropped cover on the first U.S. spec variant, the 2017 e-Golf. In addition to the new face, new active safety features, and bigger infotainment screens, the electric hatchback receives a significant powertrain update as well.
Between the front wheels of the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf resides a significantly more powerful electric motor. The 2017’s version makes 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 19 hp and 15 lb-ft over the outgoing edition. Volkswagen says that the extra power shaves over a second off the e-Golf’s 0-60 mph time, bringing it under the 10-second mark to 9.6 seconds. Top speed increases somewhat as well, to 93 mph.
Perhaps more important than the extra power is the extra range, of which there’s roughly 50% more of. The 2017 e-Golf’s battery grows from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh, increasing range from about 83 miles to about 124. That gives the e-Golf enough range to make a one-way trip from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Diego.
A 7.2-kW charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, which can fully recharge the e-Golf from a regular charging station in under six hours (previously, the e-Golf SE was fitted with a slow 3.6-kW charger). Good thing there are plenty of animals to see at the San Diego Zoo.
Fortunately, since even six hours is a considerable timeframe, both trims are now offered with a DC fast charger. Optional on the SE and standard on the SEL, it can recharge the battery to 80% in under an hour, which is far more practical, provided you can find a DC fast charging station.
The 2016 e-Golf was only offered in 11 locations — California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington D.C. — and Volkswagen did not mention any additions for 2017. Pricing was not announced, but the former shouldn’t shift much from 2016’s $29,815 for an e-Golf SE and $36,415 for an SEL Premium.