The Volkswagen e-Golf enters the electric car fray mostly to appeal to stricter emissions regulations in some U.S. states. But it does represent a big step for VW in the U.S., as the company's first EV here. It also shows that the seventh-generation Golf makes a pretty convincing case when turned into an electric car, keeping all of its practicality and quality without the sacrifices made by some other EV-adapted hatchbacks.
What's New for 2015
The e-Golf is new for 2015, sharing the redesigned body from the rest of the Golf family. Having gone on sale in November, the e-Golf is currently available only from select VW dealers in 10 states, including California and New York, and in Washington, D.C.
Choosing Your Volkswagen e-Golf
The e-Golf comes only in one trim, SEL Premium, for a base price of $35,445 before destination. That's largely equivalent to the highest trim level on the TSI and TDI Golf models. That price also doesn't include government incentives buyers may qualify for, including a $7,500 federal tax credit. The electric motor produces 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, with an estimated range of up to 83 miles.
Your choice on the e-Golf comes down to color, and whether or not having an electric car works for you. But without any loss of cargo space and with a lot of features for the money, the e-Golf presents few compromises.
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