Volkswagen e-Golf interior
Aside from subtle hints, the Volkswagen e-Golf’s interior is much the same as any other Golf’s. That means great built quality, but little character
From the driver’s seat, everything looks pretty much the same as in any Golf – which is no bad thing. The central data display between the two dials is very easy to use through the controls on the steering wheel, and the touchscreen on the centre console (an 8.0-inch unit as standard, or a 9.2-inch unit as an option) is equally simple.
The only differences you’ll spot between this and other Golfs are the blue stitching (which is complemented by the colour of various trim details) and the power dial that sits where the rev counter would in a petrol or diesel car.
Overall the interior looks great. Rather than a sea of buttons and fussy details, such as you get in many other small family cars, you get a central touchscreen, a row of touch-sensitive pads, some shiny trim that links the four slim air vents and a couple of contrasting trim pieces to stop the whole cabin looking too dark and dingy.
Another feature you won’t find in every hatchback is the digital driver’s display. This replaces conventional analogue dials with a reconfigurable screen that you control using shortcut buttons on the steering wheel.
This whole arrangement looks very smart and feels even more special if you pick a model with built-in customisable mood lighting that stretches across the dashboard.
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Unlike most cars, the VW e-Golf comes with the same infotainment system in entry-level and top-spec models. There’s an 8-inch screen mounted on the dashboard – nice and high so you can glance at it easily while you’re driving – and a 10-inch display where you’d expect to find a set of analogue dials.
Both screens look nice and sharp and respond quickly to your inputs, but the blue-on-black menus icons for the central screen could do with an extra splash of colour to help you tell them apart.
There aren’t any physical shortcut buttons either, but you do get a strip of touch-sensitive pads under the screen that let you control the stereo volume and the temperature of the cabin. You can also tweak these settings using the VW Golf’s voice control feature, too – although this isn’t a patch on the more reliable system you get in a BMW 1 Series.
Something the VW Golf lets you do that you can’t in the BMW 1 Series, is mirror your Android phone on the car’s built-in screen using a cable, Bluetooth and Android Auto. Own an iPhone? You can go one step further and wirelessly link your iPhone using Apple CarPlay.
These let you use Google Maps and Waze through the VW Golf’s infotainment display, but the standard VW system is still pretty good, with clear, crips maps and concise directions that are easy to follow.