Volkswagen e-Golf range, battery & charging

The Volkswagen e-Golf has a big battery that provides reassuring range

The e-Golf has all the range it needs to cover most driver’s daily mileage with ease. However, trips out of town may require a little more planning, as the real-world range means long motorway drives will almost certainly require one or more stops to recharge.

Volkswagen e-Golf range

The 144-mile range quoted for the e-Golf was calculated under a newly introduced testing procedure that promises to more accurately reflect real-world driving conditions. Depending on your driving style, as well as traffic conditions and the weather, in our experience a range of 130 miles is a realistic expectation for general driving. That’s still plenty for most, but with rivals like the Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro all offering usefully better driving range there's no doubt that this is a weak area for the e-Golf.

If the e-Golf is your only car, it’s likely you’ll want to make occasional longer journeys, too, and here there’s a practicality trade-off for cheap-as-chips electric motoring. You’ll need to factor in a 45-minute stop at a rapid charger when the battery warning light comes on, and while this can be relatively simple on motorways, it’s not quite as easy when planning B-road routes.

It’s also worth considering the optional heat pump when specifying your e-Golf, especially if you’re planning longer journeys. At over £800, it looks expensive, but in cold weather it saves a substantial amount of battery power by recycling waste heat energy from the drivetrain and ambient air, and thus provides a useful amount of additional range.

Charge time

The e-Golf is supplied with a standard 2kW three-pin plug charging cable for domestic sockets, with a smart charging unit inline. Volkswagen also provides a Type 2 charging cable for connection to public fast-charge points, or a professionally installed wallbox charger if you have one at home. The brand currently partners with PodPoint for home wallbox installations, and the e-Golf uses the CCS rapid charging system, which is becoming the standard charging format, and gives you access to the vast majority of public rapid chargers.

You don't need to buy a cable to use CCS public chargers; all rapid charging stations have the cable wired in, so just check on Zap-Map that the charging point you're aiming for offers CCS charging, and you know the cable will be there when you get there. 

The regular mains supply will take a whopping 17 hours to fully charge your e-Golf battery from empty. Fit a 3.6kW wallbox and that figure drops to just under 11 hours, while a 7.2kW wallbox will see you fully charged in under six hours.

With access to a rapid charger, you could be fully charged in as little as 45 minutes. These are typically found at motorway service stations, and the cables are attached to the chargers, so you won’t need your own.

Battery warranty

Volkswagen offers a battery warranty of eight years or 99,360 miles – whichever comes first – for all of its electric vehicles.