WhatCar? : Group test – BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf

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ElectricMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » carsMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » are still a rare sight on our roads, but as the UKNissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th 30-Minute Electric Car Charger (in UK). Read more ... »’s chargingGovernment backing will see more electric vehicles on Scotland’s roads. Read more ... » infrastructure£43 Million Funding: up to 2020 announced as popularity grows for plug-in vehicles.. Read more ... » grows, so does the numberExtra charging points for electric vehicles in Fife. Read more ... » on sale.

The BMWSlowly yet surely: Electric car charger points installed across Exeter. Read more ... » i3Finally. "New battery to boost BMW i3 range" ...where do i sign. Read more ... » is the best. Our reigning GreenIn Israel: Seen #battery swap station with me own two eyes @btrplc great feat. More ev free parking+charging needs be!. Read more ... » CarMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » of The Year is extremely well thought-out, with its sci-fi looks, high-quality cabin and surprisingly punchy performanceGovernment backing will see more electric vehicles on Scotland’s roads. Read more ... » at all speeds.

By simply swapping a standard GolfHere's Everything We Know About Volkswagen's (Not So!) "First" Electric Car. Read more ... »’s engineFinally Here: Tesla Motors Introduces the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D. Read more ... » for an electric motorMy future "next car" :Plug-In Hybrid Model(s) To Join Next Audi A4 Range. Read more ... », VolkswagenSwatch says it has a better electric car battery. Read more ... » has ensured its e-Golf retains most of the standard car’s impressive practicality, but with the bonus of cheaper running costsICED Justice: Council powers on with plan to install more electric car charging points in North Lincolnshire. Read more ... ». So, which of these similarly priced electric cars is the better buyCouncil aims to turbo-charge electric car use in Oxford. Read more ... »?

 

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Both cars have three drive modes (Normal, Eco and Eco-plus) that are increasingly restrictive on performance, limiting powerMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... », torque and top speedBetter Late than Never: Renault Twizy, or rather Nissan "New Mobility Concept" gets kudos. Read more ... » as well as switching off the airMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... »-con to eke out every last mileFinally Here: Tesla Motors Introduces the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D. Read more ... » from the batteriesMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... ». They also have three levels of braking regeneration.

With both fully charged, the i3 managed 85 milesAC & DC: Zoe and Leaf: 8 people London to Cotswold’s #evRoadTrip @OldSwanMinsterMill and LegoLand Windsor. Read more ... » in our real-worldSwatch says it has a better electric car battery. Read more ... » rangeWhat the Future Holds: Car Makers’ #EV Commitments, a Brand-by-Brand Review. Read more ... » tests; the e-Golf beat that by only two miles, despite having a notably larger batteryMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... ». See the ‘Range testVauxhall Ampera #EV Hybrid (range extender) EV average ~ 158mpg in town. Read more ... » in detail’ for more on this.

Electric power means no gears and instant acceleration, which means both cars feel extremely punchy at low speeds.

However, because the i3 has an extra 54bhp and weighs 300kg less than the e-Golf, it keeps pulling hard at higher speeds, whereas acceleration in the e-Golf starts to tail off above 40mph. In fact, the i3’s 0Here's Everything We Know About Volkswagen's (Not So!) "First" Electric Car. Read more ... »-60mph timeChris Knapman takes a bite out of the Big Apple with the new yellow Nissan taxi that’s eyeing up London. Read more ... » of 6Next Nissan Leaf previewed by IDS Concept in Tokyo. Read more ... ».9Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid due in 2015 (20 Miles Max EV Range). Read more ... » seconds would embarrass some hot hatches.

The BMW is more than just fastUK: Ecotricity expanding clean-energy, fast-charging network for #ElectricCar Electric Car with Nissan. Read more ... » in a straight line. Its quick, nicely weighted steering and goodSo why Am I looking to buy a used Twizy for my London's daily commute? No, I'm not crazy. Read more ... » body controlMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » make it feel more agile in town. The e-Golf’s steering is slower, but gives you a better sense of connection with the road.

The i3 feels less sure of itself when pushed harder, because its skinny tyresContinental introduces new tyres for Hybrid and Electric Cars with low rolling resistance. Read more ... » cause its front end to wash wide surprisingly early. This, combined with its quick steering, makes it feels nervous and flighty. The e-Golf’s more relaxed turn-in and lower, wider stance ultimately helps it feel the more confident and means it grips harder in corners.

Ride quality is another areaBreakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance graphene charges batteries in 4 minutes. Read more ... » where the i3 is second best. It feels firm – although never uncomfortable – over broken surfaces and potholes at low speeds, and it fails to settle at motorwayGovernment backing will see more electric vehicles on Scotland’s roads. Read more ... » speeds. The e-Golf’s softer set-upThe e-up! This fall of 2013: Volkswagen Unveils Its First Production Electric Car. Read more ... » can’t match that of a regular Golf, because you feel more bumps. However on most roads, and especially at high speeds, it feels more secure than the i3.

The Golf is also a more relaxing place to spend time, mainly because it does a better job of dealing with wind and road noise. The i3 is worse in both respects.

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Tall adults will have enough head- and legroom in the front of either car, but the i3’s narrower body means less room for shoulders. There’s a wide range of adjustment on both cars’ front seats, but the Golf’s backrest adjusts using a wheel, meaning it’s easier to fine-tune a position£43 Million Funding: up to 2020 announced as popularity grows for plug-in vehicles.. Read more ... » than with the i3’s lever.

Forward visibility is good in both, but the VWThe cheaper battery: Bosch invents new electric car battery to double mileage. Read more ... »’s larger rear screen and thinner pillars give it a better over-the-shoulder view.

The e-Golf is the more spacious in the back, offering more head- and shoulder room, as well as more kneeroom. The i3 also has only two rear seats, although a couple of adults will sit in relative comfort. Families will find the Golf easier to live with because three children can sit across its rear seats.

The Golf’s bootMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » has a wider opening and the load bay is longerWhy electric cars better catch on. Read more ... », deeper and wider than the i3’s, with another 80 litres. Slotting in a suitcase can be a tight squeeze in the i3, while the VW makes an easy job of it.

Both cars’ rear seats split (the i3’s 50What the Future Holds: Car Makers’ #EV Commitments, a Brand-by-Brand Review. Read more ... »:50, the e-Golf’s 60:40Zoe Rumour to release by Oct 2013, and by 2014, Renault Zoe (2014) #EV could* have 220 mile range.. Read more ... ») and fold to extend the load area. The i3’s seats are more fiddly to fold, although they do lie flatter than the Golf’s when down.

BMW has done a superb job with the i3’s dashboard. Its layout is seriously userMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... »-friendly and the materials all feel solid – the useMercedes C 350 (Max 20 Miles EV Range) Plug-in Hybrid Coming Soon. Read more ... » of recycled materials offers unique but surprisingly high-quality textures.

BMW’s iDrive infotainment systemMitsubishi Unveils All-Electric Car With Solar Roof. Read more ... » remains one of the easiest to use on the marketThe innovators: cheaper batteries could help electric cars hit the mainstream. Read more ... », and the i3’s 6.5The UK will get versions of the #Tesla #EV Model S from around mid-2013 @ ~ £45k. Read more ... »-inch colour screen is super-sharp.

Aside from some blue detailing on its steering wheel, gearlever and doorLess Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show. Read more ... » cards, the e-Golf’s interior is much the same as any other Golf’s. That means the plastics feel dense and solidly constructed, although you might find the design a little dull by comparisonLondon: EVMeerkat does the BMW i8 Test Drive.. Read more ... ». It’s certainly functional, though: the 8Spilling all Beans on Toyota Prius 15EV miles Plug-in Hybrid for 2013 model. Read more ... ».0-inch touch-screen is really responsive, with simple menus and the climate controls are easy to reach and logically laid out.

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You can already get around £3000 off the Golf from brokers, but there are no discounts on the i3. The Government£43 Million Funding: up to 2020 announced as popularity grows for plug-in vehicles.. Read more ... » is more generous – both qualify for a £5000 electric vehicleMitsubishi Unveils All-Electric Car With Solar Roof. Read more ... » grantPlug-in car grant extended with extra £400m until March 2018. Read more ... ».

The Golf is marginally more expensive to buy, and isn’t predicted to hold on to as much of its value during the first three years. In fact, its steeper depreciation and higher electricityNissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th 30-Minute Electric Car Charger (in UK). Read more ... » consumptionLess Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show. Read more ... » are enough to make the e-Golf the more expensive car to own privately over three years, despite it having lower insuranceElectric car insurance explained. Cheaper, affordable, green, first-time drivers appeal. Read more ... » and servicing costs.

Until April 2015, every pure-electric carICED Justice: Council powers on with plan to install more electric car charging points in North Lincolnshire. Read more ... » will be freeFree? Why Electric Cars may soon be even more Cost Effective. Read more ... » from companyWhat the Future Holds: Car Makers’ #EV Commitments, a Brand-by-Brand Review. Read more ... » car tax. However, from this pointRepost: 'I've saved £2,000 in less than a year with my electric car:' Is it worth ditching the petrol pump for a plug socket?. Read more ... » until April 2016 the rules changeElectric cars gain momentum. Read more ... », putting both of these cars into the 5% tax band. From then until April 2017 they go in the 7Next Nissan Leaf previewed by IDS Concept in Tokyo. Read more ... »% bracket. As a resultChris Knapman takes a bite out of the Big Apple with the new yellow Nissan taxi that’s eyeing up London. Read more ... », the e-Golf will cost a 40% taxpayer more in tax than the i3, but by a very slim margin over three years.

Both cars come with alloys, climate controlScotland’s first all-electric car club launches in St Andrews. Read more ... », automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, rear parkingIn Israel: Seen #battery swap station with me own two eyes @btrplc great feat. More ev free parking+charging needs be!. Read more ... » sensors, DAB, sat-nav, Bluetooth, USB and aux sockets and a multi-function steering wheel. The e-Golf adds LEDMitsubishi Unveils All-Electric Car With Solar Roof. Read more ... » headlights, front parking sensors and benefits from a standard rapidNissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th 30-Minute Electric Car Charger (in UK). Read more ... »-charging inlet – allowing for half#vauxhall #ampera #electricVehicle #review - Finally had a Test Drive of this "legendary" #ev. My Thoughts on it.... Read more ... »-hourBetter Late than Never: Renault Twizy, or rather Nissan "New Mobility Concept" gets kudos. Read more ... » charges if you have accessNissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th 30-Minute Electric Car Charger (in UK). Read more ... » to one.

The i3 has been crash tested by Euro NCAPHow much does your cast (fuel) cost you. Read more ... », where it received four stars. The e-Golf hasn’t been tested but the regular car managed five stars and very good adult, child and pedestrians scores. The Golf comes with more airbags (seven versus six), a cityCross-country EV charging network launched. Read more ... » braking system and the option of rear side ’bags, but both get tyreContinental introduces new tyres for Hybrid and Electric Cars with low rolling resistance. Read more ... » pressure monitoring, ESP and an alarm.

Verdict

These are two of the best electric cars on sale todaySwatch says it has a better electric car battery. Read more ... ». The i3 continues to wow with its superb cabin, while its strong performance and real-world range also give it plenty of appeal.

The e-Golf wins, though. It might be slightly more expensive to own, but it’s considerably more practical, has a more comfortable ride, is better to drive and comes with more standard equipment. Considering all that, we think it’s just worth the extra.

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