2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

The Golf Goes Electric. All-electric hatchback.

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The Volkswagen e-Golf, an all-electric version of the refined, practical Golf, is powered by a 115-horsepower AC synchronous motor and delivers between 70 and 90 miles of range on a full charge. As with many of the current electric versions of existing gasoline-powered cars, the e-Golf feels broadly similar to a standard VW Golf. Thanks to the electric motor's instant torque, off-the-line throttle response is more lively, but the e-Golf runs out of passing power at higher speeds, where the gas-powered Golf and GTI hit their stride.

At a starting price of $35,445 before government incentives, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf comes well-equipped. LED lighting, iPod integration, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and Volkswagen's park distance control are all standard. This makes the e-Golf a great starter car with high value for young and new drivers.

The e-Golf's 24.2 kWh battery pack is compatible with SAE standard DC fast charging stations, allowing 80-percent recharge in about 30 minutes. With the onboard wall-charger, the e-Golf's batteries can be recharged in 4 hours via a 240 volt connection or in about 20 hours at a regular 110/120 V outlet.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $35,445

As Tested: $35,445

  • 10 sec
  • 0-60
  • 115 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 87 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: AC synchronous permanent magnet 85 kwh
  • Horsepower: 115 hp
  • Torque: 199
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct
  • Curb Weight: 3,391 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 103.6 in
  • Length: 168.1 in
  • Width: 70.8 in
  • Height: 57.1 in
  • Turning circle: 35.8 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc plus regenerative via motor, ABS
  • Suspension: Front MacPherson strut, rear multilink
  • Traction: traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 10 sec
  • Top Speed: 87 mph
  • Combined MPG: 105 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: IIHS Top Safety Pick+

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