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I dont want to tow anything with an eGolf but it would be very useful if I could fit a towbar, for a bike rack. VW do not list one as an option and I can imagine that there are all sorts of reasons for doing so. One being it may not even fit. As yet none of the 3rd party providers can supply one for what is a niche product but I am hopeful that this will change in time. If anyone sees one appear in the next year or so I would be very grateful if you could let me know.
 

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I am pretty sure you cannot add one I looked into it but went for a Thule set of bars and bike carriers for when I finally get my car. I looked on the Thule site at the time for a rack for the rear and they don’t do one but list the e-Golf in the roof bars they do make.

There is also a US e-Golf clip on YouTube from VWoA showing bikes on the roof of an e-Golf.

Saris also don’t make anything the VW dealer thought I was joking when I said I get three bikes on the back of my Lupo and it was a major consideration for me.
 

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I don’t want to tow anything either. But similarly have a tow hitch mounted bike rack that I would want to use. VW chat said “not an option on a Golf.” Yet they could not explain how the VW-branded Compact III bike rack offered by e-Golf Configurator actually attaches, given the description states “This clever carrier uses a super simple quick release system to fit to your towing hitch, enabling you to...” I guess just an error on Configurator?
 

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I don’t want to tow anything either. But similarly have a tow hitch mounted bike rack that I would want to use. VW chat said “not an option on a Golf.” Yet they could not explain how the VW-branded Compact III bike rack offered by e-Golf Configurator actually attaches, given the description states “This clever carrier uses a super simple quick release system to fit to your towing hitch, enabling you to...” I guess just an error on Configurator?
In due course, when there are enough cars around, someone if not VW will make one. For the price that car manufacturers charge for these a specialist could probably fabricate one. However, no idea if there are any legal or other implications with this approach.
 

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The E Golf is pretty good at twoing. Many people installed tow bars on the eGolf and they look pretty neat because they are usually hidden under the bumper. One of the most common is the Curt 11412 Class 1 Hitch. Amazon has it for around $130. It's very easy to install.
There are bigger threads on other eGolf forums that detail the hitches and the installation process. Most of the people use them for bike racks since the roof mounted racks are heavy, add drag and also noisy. Not to mention clearance around the car. I am planning to install one myself very soon because I want to tow a small trailer with all kinds of stuff. If you want more information, let me know, I'll send some pics.
 

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I am due to pick up one of those compact III bike carriers when I pick up my car on Thursday! I will let you know how I get on (and post a picture if i can). I will be a bit miffed if it doesn't work as having a car that doesn't have a bike carrier option is going to result in endless arguments when I disappear on a Saturday morning in the family volvo....
 

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In the EU the eGolf is not homologated for towing and so I would be nervous about my insurance if I did so. I am not sure if just having a tow-bar fitted for a bike carrier counts though. I remember wanting to do this and located a product but being put off by the hacking about and cost required. I'd be glad to know of effective and inexpensive solutions.
 

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Not sure how the insurance works in EU (I'm in Canada) but in most cases the insurance will be interested in what the car was doing at the time of the claim. Wether you have a tow bar or not shouldn't affect the claim in any way if you were NOT towing. That's why I think the eGolf may be homologated for towing AND NOT for having a towbar. It makes a difference since with a towbar you can do other things, like mounting a bike rack or a ski rack. But just to be safe, you should probably check with your insurance company.
 

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Picked my car up today and no bike carrier (or at least a bike carrier but no way of attaching it to the car). Pretty crap to be honest - this was going to be my car for going to sportives etc - it now can't be! Salesman most apologetic and they've refunded the cost but am back to folding the seats down and taking the wheel off....
 

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The E Golf is pretty good at twoing. Many people installed tow bars on the eGolf and they look pretty neat because they are usually hidden under the bumper. One of the most common is the Curt 11412 Class 1 Hitch. Amazon has it for around $130. It's very easy to install.
There are bigger threads on other eGolf forums that detail the hitches and the installation process. Most of the people use them for bike racks since the roof mounted racks are heavy, add drag and also noisy. Not to mention clearance around the car. I am planning to install one myself very soon because I want to tow a small trailer with all kinds of stuff. If you want more information, let me know, I'll send some pics.
Kataleen,
Please post pictures of your trailer hitch installation.
Thanks
Terry
 

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After successfully installing the Curt 11412 Hitch, I also figured out the wiring problem witch which I was having trouble understanding. Nothing a good old multi-meter can't solve!
I added pictures of the hitch install as well as the wiring process here. Got a chance to test it and works like a charm.
If anyone needs more information, let me know, I'll be happy to give more info.
I'll post some pictures with the trailer soon.
 
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