VW launches e-Golf 48hr test drives 07 | 06 | 2019

    VOLKSWAGEN HAS LAUNCHED 48-hour test drives for prospective e-Golf buyers, allowing an in-depth experience of the brand’s highly prized electric hatchback. The initiative comes ahead of next year's launch of the forthcoming ID.3, the first in a new generation of VW EVs. (Related: VW unveils portable EV charging station)

    Customers can now arrange a two-day e-Golf test drive, picking the car up from their local retailer and dropping it back up to 48 hours later. To book a 48-hour test drive, just get in touch with your local Scottish VW dealer.

    The move is the latest in a string of initiatives introduced by Volkswagen to encourage drivers to experience its range of electric vehicles, a range centred on the award-winning e-Golf and the forthcoming ID.3 (Related: VW T-Cross on-sale)

    The e-Golf starts at £30,340 (with Government Plug-in Car Grant deducted) in the UK, and has a range of up to 144 miles (WLTP). Its synchronous electric motor produces up to 136PS and 393lb/ft of torque, both available almost instantly.


    “The charm of the e-Golf is it has all of the talents of the familiar Golf hatch, with the simple addition of an electric powertrain,” Tim O’Donovan, Electric Vehicle Product Marketing Manager at Volkswagen UK, said.  

    “What the new 48-hour test drive offers is the chance for people to learn first-hand how simply the e-Golf will fit into their lives. The two-day experience lets people challenge the e-Golf with all sorts of scenarios particular to their car needs, and for the e-Golf to demonstrate its numerous qualities.”


    Naturally, as a zero-emission vehicle, the e-Golf is exempt from the Congestion and Ultra Low Emission Zone charges, while road tax is currently rated at £0 and running costs are considerably reduced versus those of petrol- or diesel-engined equivalents. To top off the savings for company car drivers in particular, the e-Golf will benefit from a Benefit In Kind rate that is slashed to just 2% from April 2020.


    Volkswagen also recently launched the volkswagen.co.uk/electric section of its website devoted to informing customers about its electric and electrified vehicles, as well as the ID. HUB – volkswagen.co.uk/id – a separate area of volkswagen.co.uk designed to offer facts about Volkswagen’s upcoming ID. family of electric vehicles.

    This section of the site also provides wider information about EV ownership, and allows pre-orders for the ground-breaking ID.3 as its world premiere approaches.

    Related: VW Golf celebrates 45th birthday

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    Jim McGill


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