Garia Via Golf Cart (Street Legal)
- Sleek and Unique Design
- Vast Amount of Standard Features
- Auto Locking Parking Brake
- Optional Lithium Ion Batteries
- Safer than the Standard Golf Cart
- Parts Sourcing can be difficult at times
- High Price Tag
- Limited Performance Package
|Top Speed||25 mph|
To start off, we would like to state that the Garia Via is street legal version for the United States. If you’re looking for the street legal version for the rest of the world, you’re going to want the Garia Monaco Review found here.
With its headquarters based in the lustrous pastures of Denmark, Garia has been in the Golf Cart Market for over a decade now. And as Garia would say, they are in the “golf car market” versus the golf cart market. That distinction is immediately known when an initial observer takes a look at the beautifully designed Garia vehicle. It almost contains the disposition of a vehicle designed for the future as it drives quietly with thoughtfully created design lines and quality components.
Garia started in 2005 and is a privately held company that uses some of the best European Components to create a vehicle with luxury, quality, and passion. The Garia Via was designed to be a street legal addition to the Garia vehicle lineup, therefore the vehicle will go 25 MPH instead of a slow 19 MPH. With loads of extra features, the Garia Via includes an integrated cooler with additional storage options. For example, the front hood (or bonnet depending on where you’re from) opens up for a place with covered storage. This is rare to find on vehicles within this market segment. Additionally, an overlooked feature is the golf bag holder design. It allows your bags to sit at a 45-degree angle. A 45-degree angle allows for quick visual to locate your club and makes it easier to remove your club from the bag. This is of importance for those with shoulder issues.
Of note is to highlight that the Garia Via is using an auto brake which means it will set automatically. There is no need for setting the brake every time you stop. It uses an electromagnetic parking brake to hold the vehicle in place.
If features aren’t enough for you, then the sleek design and thoughtfully selected components will surely stand out from the rest of the crowd. From a sport leather steering wheel to a futuristic dash cluster, the entire intent of the Garia was designed to be appealing visually while also functional. The seats are seamless and the entire roof drains water through a simple roof drain to avoid getting you wet.
The suspension system is made out of aluminum which is beneficial for a lower weight and has a rust proof frame for those in coastal regions. It is also a sport suspension system which allows for a responsive drive but also has enough suspension to make it comfortable still.
On the safety side, it has hydraulic brakes which is nice for quick and easy stopping. Compared to the Garia Golf, the Garia Via is a much safer vehicle with an automotive front windshield and self-canceling turn signals.
Now, this is a spendy unit, however, the performance package for the motor and controller does not seem to display this pricey tag. With an 3 Kw AC motor and a 275 Amp controller, the Garia Via will perform, but it is not leaps and bounds over other manufacturers in this space. On the other hand, it does offer the option to include lithium ion batteries from Samsung SDI which means you’ll no longer be worrying about watering your batteries consistently and won’t worry about replacing them every 3-6 years depending on where you live.
In summation, we like the Garia, however, you have to be the one to decide if you think the value is worth the price.
|Frame||Lightweight aluminum frame. 5 years warranty.|
|Front Suspension||Double wishbone suspension made from aluminum with automotive ball joints and coilovers.|
|Rear Suspension||Live rear axle mounted with trailing links, Panhard rod and coilovers.|
|Overall Length||2330 mm/ 92″|
|Overall Width||1540 mm/ 58″ (incl. mirrors)|
|Overall Height||2-Seater: 1850 mm/ 73″
Roadster: 1206 mm/ 47.5″
|Weight||550 kg/ 1200 lbs|
|Motor||High efficient 3-phase AC motor|
|Output Rating||3 kW (4 Hp)|
|Peak Power||11 kW (15 Hp)|
|Batteries||Trojan 6 x 8V T-875 (Lithium Ion optional)|
|Motor Control Unit||Curtis 275 amp|
|Charger||Onboard Delta Q charger|
|Maximum Forward Speed||40 km/h /25 mph|
|Maxmimum Reverse Speed||11 km/h /6 mph|
|Range (Up To)||40-64 km/ 25-40 miles (depending on speed, use etc)|
|Turning Radius||2600 mm/ 102″ (outer circle)|
|Charge Time||Approx. 7 hours (for full charge)|
|Brakes||Hydraulic brakes with discs in the front and drums at the rear|
|Parking Brake||Automatically engaged electromagnetic parking brake|
|Weight (w/ Batteries)||550 kg/ 1200 lbs|
|Tire Size||205-50-10 or 205-30-12|
|Payload Capacity||350 kg/ 770 lbs|
|Seating Capacity||2 persons|