2017 Volkswagen e-Golf reservations start this week in Norway

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch with 300 km NEDC range at Mondial de l’Automobile 2016 in Paris

 

Once the Volkswagen e-Golf was the most popular car in Norway.

 

In 2015, the Volkswagen e-Golf was the most sold plug-in car in Norway, in some months this model was even the most sold car overall, beating ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars with ease. But in 2016 this is no longer true.

Now Volkswagen is trying to regain the electric leadership in Norway with the facelifted and improved e-Golf. If you live in Norway you’ll be able to reserve it starting this week, this probably makes it the first country to get it.

 

This is what Volkswagen underlines in the new e-Golf:

  • Exterior upgrades with new LED lights and new front bumper, new LED lights and new rear bumper
  • New infotainment system with 9.2 ” color touch screen, 3D display, App Connect and Car-Net Guide & Inform
  • Significantly more standard equipment including heat pump, parking sensors front and rear, new upholstery etc.
  • New enhancements electrically adjustable driver seat with memory, Active-Info Display and safety system Emergency Assist
  • More powerful battery pack with extended range 300 km measured by NEDC
  • More powerful electric motor of 100 kW/136 HP
It is believed that the starting price of the new e-Golf will be approximately 10-15 % higher than the current e-Golf.

 

Now that less premium brands like Opel and Renault are about to sell electric cars with more range, 300 km NEDC range seems very little for more expensive automakers like Volkswagen and BMW.

 

At least in the BMW i3’s case in Europe, it has a very useful 11 kW internal 3-phase charger, but this probably won’t be the case for the Volkswagen e-Golf. The unverified information I got says that it’ll have a simple 32 A single-phase charger.

 

Overall I think the Volkswagen e-Golf is a great electric car. It’s no accident that its ICE version is the most sold car in Europe. But unless it costs considerably less than Opel Ampera-e I can’t see it succeed.

 

In Germany orders should also be possible soon, since the older model is no longer available in Volkswagen’s online configurator.

 

While most first deliveries should start in January next year, we might see some happening this year in December, just in time for Christmas.

 

What do you think? Can the Volkswagen e-Golf be successful now that alternatives with better range are arriving?

 

 

More info:

http://www.volkswagen.no/no/models/e-golf/nye-e-golf-2017.html

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.

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7 Responses

  1. sapcmc says:

    Who in his right mind is going to reserve a BEV that is already outdated with launches of the Ampera-e and the new Zoe?

  2. Yogurt says:

    The Zoe and whatever Nissan throws out will probably be the most sucessful due to price and range…
    For 2017 I dont think Opel will have much impact due to highly limited product availibity…
    I have seen it forecast that Europe will only gets 5k of them…
    BMW definetly needs more range if they are a premium brand…

  3. sapcmc says:

    BMW this days is all about fluff and no substance. Same or worse can be said about Mercedes Benz or Audi …

  4. EHE says:

    When I buy a car I don’t want to buy a battery on wheels. The size of the battery has to be sufficient, but besides that it is more important that the car is practical to use. It is a reason why VW Golf sells better that most other cars. It is big enough for most people, the interior has the right details and it’s a nice looking car. Personally I don’t like the design of many of the models on the market. Renault Zoe looks ok, but hast not got fast DC charging and is a bit to small. Tesla S looks great on the outside, but the interior is very disappointing for a premium car. Opel Ampera-e might be a good alternative, but so far I have only seen pictures of the car and I think it will take a long time before the car is available in the local show rooms. So I definatly think a lot of people will be interested to buy the new e-golf. Personally I will consider to upgrade from my 2015 e-golf to the new one.

  5. Terawatt says:

    I completely agree with your assessment. The e-Golf is a great car, but ultimately completely uncompetitive in 2017 unless the price drops considerably.

    But some people just don’t get the word! I’m sure they’ll fulfill enough reservations to make a waiting list. And if so, perhaps they are smart to wait with the price drop until the brand-blind who wants a Golf more than anything has shelled out – and then start selling to the general public so to speak. The ZOE could be ordered already on October first, so it shouldn’t be possible, but I bet VW Norway can sell all the cars they can get for at least six months.

    • EHE says:

      When you compare fossil fuel cars, you never consider the size of the gas tank. But for some reason the only important ting is the size of the battery when you compare electric cars.

      From my point of view the only important thing about the battery is that it is reliable and has sufficent capacity to cover 90% of my trips on a single charge. For the remaining 10% it is important to be able to recharge in a reasonable amount of time. As long as these conditions are covered I am more interested in the other qualities of the car.

      The new e-golf will be competitive when you compare with Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, BMW I3, Kia Soul and Hyundai Ionic. And Opel Ampera-e and Tesla model 3 is not really here yet and will not be available for new custommers for a long time.

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