If you're looking for an electric-powered family hatchback and have around £27,500 to spend, then Volkswagen is targeting the e-Golf precisely at you. That's pretty much the figure you'll now pay after the government's £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant is subtracted from the initially offputting asking price. Which represents a £2,765 price reduction. And puts the e-Golf far more on price parity with its closest rival, the 40kWh version of the Nissan LEAF.
In the UK, the e-Golf is available with five doors only, and in a single well-equipped trim level based on the standard Golf SE, with the addition of 2Zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, e-specific 'Tilleves' alloy wheels and Discover Pro satellite navigation, with an eight-inch colour touchscreen. For the e-Golf the Discover Pro system includes added functionality including a range display, and the option to pre-programme the vehicle's heating or cooling systems. For smartphone users (Android or iOS), the Volkswagen 'Car-Net' app enables many vehicle functions to be controlled remotely, including charging, heating or cooling and more. Three years' subscription to Car Net is included as standard.