Volkswagen e-Golf vs Ford Focus Electric – Comparison & Range Test (video)
December 31st, 2017 Mark Kane
2017 Ford Focus Electric
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs Ford Focus Electric Maximum Range Challenge
The Volkswagen e-Golf and Ford Focus Electric both got a major upgrade for
the 2017 model year, with their battery capacities upgraded by about 50%.
The 2017 Ford Focus Electric now boasts a 33.5 kWh battery which can go up
to 115 miles (185 km) according to EPA, and has a base price (after the
federal tax credit and dst charge) of $22,495.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is quite similar, with a 35.8 kWh battery, good
for 125 miles (201 km) of EPA range, and an effective base price of $23,845.
Editor’s Note: We would be remiss to not mention that the “2017” model year
e-Golf just recently arrived in the US and Canada, after being held back for
the majority of the year while waiting on the company to sell-through a
‘whack’ (technical term) of its older 2016 model. So one needs to consider
that there is a rapid depreciation issue today in buying a “new” 2017 of a
VW lot, especially as the majority of other models have the “2018” tag on
Looking into these EVs’ new range abilities, The Straight Pipes has decided
to review the updated cars side-by-side, during a 200 km (124 mile) range
And as it turns out, the e-Golf did the job with a small amount of range
left, while the Focus Electric run out of electrons (further validating the
accuracy of the US/EPA range ratings system to the real world). But
ultimately, the review is much more than just a range comparison.
The Straight Pipes is entertaining in the way it discovers that the e-Golf
is better car in terms of quality, tech, and trunk size – winning the
mini-comparison contest between the two.
The bigger winner is however the absent Hyundai IONIQ Electric, which was
tested earlier and deemed even superior to the e-Golf. The IONIQ Electric,
despite a smaller 28 kWh battery, is a lot more ‘slippery’ on the road, and
therefore has a 124 mile (200 km) EPA range, and an effective price of
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