So glad that thread exists... I asked similar questions with my previous Egolf lease (2016) and was basically told to go hug a tree and that I bought the wrong car and was supposed to hypermile
I am now on Egolf #2 (2019) with the same issues and wishes (but more power, noticeably more, yeah 2019)...
On my 2016 I did max performance tires (forget which brand now) in an attempt to reduce the annoying squeal when you braked lightly on a painted line, and the overall lack of grip of the ecopias.. It worked for a bit but the squeal eventually returned, albeit less loud - so I figure the squeal is a function of the transition from regen to pads and then hitting a low friction surface which throws all the braking math out the window... I lost about 10% range on performance tires only, on my mixed freeway/city commute, and also if I'm honest the car lost of it's immediate "take off" with the heavier tires. VEry noticeable despite the small difference on the initial tip in of the gas pedal.
Now with the 2019 I'd like to repeat and do better possibly. I hate the stock wheels visually, the numb turn in of the car on 16s, and the lack of grip. I've been concerned about those flimsy looking lightweight aftermarket wheels but then again relaized the car is only heavier by 300 lbs, so one 2 passengers, so shoouldn't matter.... I'd really like to not lose performance though, losing range I'm fine with but I enjoy the E-Golf take off... I was hoping your 17" experiment with a lightweight would yield positive results... Even considered 18" GTI wheels but looks like unsprung weight is an issue as 18s are substantially heavier and lighter tires cannot compensate... Tire rack has tire weights and it's a significant variatin but hard to look up (gota look at each one's specs)
Have we got all the numbers posted here in a convenient format ? Stock wheel alone, stock + ecopia ?
Your 17x8 et35 Advanti DST Storm wheel alone, plus tire ?
The other poster 16" ?
Did you guys notice range loss only ? or did you maintain the same weight per corner (wheel + tire) and therefore presumably maintain the same acceleration (or, egads, improve?) ?
Cost of said combo ?