The newest generation of the Volkswagen Golf family has launched to much praise and critical acclaim. A variant of the vehicle seems to exists for any type of customer and driving preference. For instance, the standard gas-powered Volkswagen Golf moves the masses, enthusiasts have the incredible Golf GTI and Golf R performance variants, buyers looking for a fuel-efficient diesel option may take shelter in the Volkswagen Golf TDI, and those looking for the ultimate in fuel economy can look at the Volkswagen e-Golf. And that’s the model we’ll look at today.
The Volkswagen e-Golf offers three different driving modes to deliver the kind of driving behavior the customer desires. The three include Normal mode, Eco mode, and Eco Plus.
- Normal mode leaves the power and efficiency in their standard settings, delivering a balanced driving experience
- Eco mode dials back the horsepower and acceleration in favor of extending the e-Golf’s range
- Eco Plus moves the conservation to the far end with the mode fine-tuning the air conditioning for better energy conservation on extended drives. And, if you suddenly find yourself missing the extra power and acceleration, all it takes is a full press of the acceleration pedal and normal mode is re-engaged at the ready.
The e-Golf is capable of an 83-mile electric range, but the compact electric hatch has a few tricks at its disposal to make the most of it. For instance, it’s equipped with three different regenerative braking modes that are selected via the gear selector. These modes will take the kinetic energy while braking and apply it back into the battery, further extending the electric range.
Take a look at the video for a closer look at how the Volkswagen e-Golf’s driving and regenerative braking modes work.