I was actually a little surprised because I didn’t think the quote I got for real, but it was so. So last Saturday my house of two became a four-car household. I’ve already driven them a few hundred miles since I went to Santa Monica to get them, and I am in love.
I actually didn’t even test drive the car before going to the dealer. I had driven a 2016 e-Golf a few years ago, but the 2017/8 has changed, but as a current MKVI owner, I wasn’t worried. But now that I’ve driven the cars a lot more I am in love. VW has worked their magic once again with the MKVII. The car is quieter than any BMW/Mercedes/Audi I’ve ever driven. It’s also comfy as hell thanks to the 16" tires.
The standard kit for the MKVII e is about the same as my TDI, but with a few additions which are nice. They include push start (kind of obvious on an electric car); an 8" glass touch screen which looks amazing; dual-zone climate control; and remote start features which I get free for three years - I can set the climate control, set the charging, and set departure times. I can also sort of do that within the car by setting departure times, but you can only set one temperature for all of the departure times.
Performance: I thought this would be a lot slower than even my TDI, but it doesn’t feel that way. I think the 0-60 is about 9 seconds, which is about a second slower than the TDI I think. But for city driving (50ish) it is plenty fast enough. And even at freeway speeds it does just fine. I can get up to 70 incredibly quickly.
Handling: it’s a Golf. Even with the low grip tiny tires it has wonderful handling. I’d be curious to see how it compares to the i3, though. And I’m sure the Bolt isn’t even in the same league.
The EV part: The only EV’s I know that you can drive with one pedal is the i3 and Tesla’s, besides the Golf. The Golf has four settings: D1, D2, D3, and B. I’ve read most of the manual and I don’t remember seeing what B stood for. But since I’ve gotten the car I’ve only driven it in B and have started to get good at it. The regeneration is pretty aggressive and starts as soon as you start backing off of the throttle. An interesting thing to note about B mode: under 40 mph the brake lights will come on even if you don’t press the brake. I think this is a good idea, but in traffic, you could look like an idiot. After several hundred miles I have also learned that regeneration is also regulated by the brake pedal. Here’s an example: I’m doing 40mph and I lift off and the regen goes to about 3/4 of the way. As soon as I lightly touch the brake regen goes all the way, but it’s still not activating the brakes.
BEV regen vs Hybrid regen: They are completely different. Even in modern hybrids, the transition from motor braking to mechanical braking is very abrupt and you can always tell. I can barely tell in the Golf, which is nice.
Charging/range: So I found after we bought the cars that my mom’s office charging station is completely free. I had been bugging her to find out, but it wasn’t a deal breaker because my commute can be replenished off 110 (aka Level 1) overnight, and it was calculated to be about $30 a month. But with free charging at my mom’s office which is also only a block away from school, I pretty much won’t ever have to charge at home, or even use public charging around town.
Both cars came standard with the DC Fast Charger, which means I could go anywhere up and down the coast if I wanted to. But, I don’t think I ever will because the stations are too expensive. The ChargePoint stations are the cheapest DC chargers and it would be about $9-11 for a half an hour session. The EVgo stations are even more expensive, but they are faster than the ChargePoint ones, so it will go quicker. But there are a TON of Level 2 chargers everywhere, and a lot of them are only $1 to use.
Gripe: VW done messed up and got the placement of the buttons wrong on the steering wheel. For someone reason, they decided to put the cruise control buttons on the wheel instead of keeping them on the light stalk like in the MKVI. Why they did this is beyond me, because the buttons on the stalk was way more intuitive. And to add insult to injury the separated the volume and seek buttons. Everyone knows you put the volume and seek buttons on the left side. This is a minor gripe, though, especially considering the steering wheel is a flat bottom one, which looks badass.
So back to that four car household thing. We’re keeping the MKVI Golf TDI because A: it’s paid off, and B: we still need a car for longer trips. And I’m keeping my Mercedes as it’s not worth anything; it’s my first car so it has sentimental meaning to me, and it only costs a few hundred a year to keep.
So I’m pretty stoked about my new purchases. I’m so happy to have a brand new car, and I’m even happier they’re BEV’s which are awesome to have when everything works out.