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Time to try an EV. Opinions sought.

  • 11-02-2022 10:34am
    Registered Users Posts: 167 ✭✭

    So having been a die hard petrol head for the last 20 years I have turned to the dark side and I am looking to get into an EV. I currently drive a Golf R which is up for sale. I am back to the office 3 days a week and the GOLF R is not a good commuting car. In terms of driving habits, I commute 100km to work 3 days per week with the odd trip down the country for meetings(300-400km in a day). Otherwise its 10-20km trips to the shops/kids activities/grandparents and some trips to the airport(50km). I have the use of a charging point at work so can charge while working and charge while sleeping at home. My wife has a 5 series diesel car which I can use if I think range/charging will be an issue on longer/more remote journeys. My car is mostly used for work duties but I use it at the weekend for Daddy day care duties so need 5 doors, reliable and safe. I plan to change both cars to EVs as soon as possible.

    I had the opportunity for an extended test drive in a VW ID4 and liked it a lot. However I never buy brand new cars and typically avoid financing cars. I like german cars and have mostly owned BMW and VWs in the past.

    I am split between a few options.

    PHEV – like a 330e/530e. Charging/range issues are less important but would prefer to go EV. It would just about get me to work one way on a charge but this means pluging it in after every journey.

    VW GTE – Again range is pants but not a huge change from my current car which is an up side.


    E-Golf – 250km-ish range will get me over and back to work at least twice but I have been keeping an eye on donedeal and they don’t seem to shift that fast. I know they are an ICE platform with an EV system retrofitted but are they bad or worth considering as my first EV?

    Telsa- Very interested in this brand but entry price point is very high

    BMW i3 – Seems pretty small and range is low but think I can live with that.

    VW ID3 – Second hand ones are starting to come down to the mid/high 30s.

    Ford Mustang Mach E - Like Telsa, very interested but price point puts me off.

    Without going out and testing driving lots of cars I would be keen to get some opinions from people that have owned EVs.

    Any and all info appreciated.