They may look the same on the outside but they’re both quite different.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf and e-Golf share many of the same features, with the engine being drastically different. TFL’s Roman Mica recently had the chance to test drive both and see what the difference was between the two.
Under the hood, the regular combustion-engine Golf has a 1.8-liter, direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That Golf is capable of producing 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The Golf can be bought with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The regular Golf gets 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 29 combined. The version Roman drove was the Wolfsburg edition, which is new for 2017. That edition features more technology inside and other features. It gets about 300 miles on a tank of gas.
That range is significantly more than with the e-Golf, which has a range of 83 miles.
However, the fuel economy with the e-Golf is significantly better with 126 mpg city, 105 mpg highway and 116 mpg combined.
Under the hood, the e-Golf offers an 85 kilowatt electric motor that puts out 115 horsepower and comes with a 24.2 kilowatt lithium battery.
If a person charges a car like the e-Golf at their home with a regular standard home plug, it takes about 12 hours to refuel. If they have a level-2 charger, it takes four hours, and a super charger takes 30 minutes.
The price is also different between the two Golfs. The regular engine Golf Roman tested costs $23,515, while the electric was $29,815. Most people tend to lease the electric Golf since technology is changing rapidly.
Which version of the Golf did Roman like best? Where are most of the e-Golfs sold? And how did each perform on the road? Find out by watching the complete TFL video above.