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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Hatchback Review

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Today's Deal - Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf Hatchbacks for sale near you

What Edmunds Says

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf should feature the same deft blend of refinement, performance and plentiful features found in the gasoline- and diesel-powered models, with the advantage of all-electric, zero-emissions propulsion.

Pros

Outstanding cabin materials and construction; battery's low center-of-gravity should deliver impressive grip and handling; promises impressive cargo capacity for battery-laden hatchback.

Cons

Less power than Ford and Honda electric vehicles; likely to carry premium VW price.

Available e-Golf Models

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  • 0-cyl. Electric engine 
  • Bluetooth 

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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Hatchback

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What's New for 2015

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is an all-new model.

Introduction

Forget for a moment that the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is largely designed to satisfy the electric car demands of American lawmakers. That doesn't diminish its importance as Volkswagen's first electric car in the United States, nor the instant power and acceleration -- the EV calling card -- that will enhance the handling performance of one of our favorite hatchbacks. If you're searching for an EV with a small-car footprint, you have plenty to look forward to with the new e-Golf.

The 2015 e-Golf will be available only as a four-door hatchback. It will share the same redesigned appearance as the regular new Golf, although a shuttered grille and some unique wheel and LED lighting treatments will highlight it as the electric model. With its lithium-ion battery pack placed under the front and rear seats, the e-Golf will have roughly the same cargo capacity as the standard model.

The low-slung battery array should even help the e-Golf stick to the road better than the regular models, although the additional weight will likely negate any real handling gains. Regardless, we're certain the e-Golf will be tons of fun to throw around.

The electric motor generates 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, which is sent through a single-speed transmission. Volkswagen says the e-Golf can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 10 seconds and cover 70-90 miles on a full charge. Top speed is electronically limited to 87 mph. Three driving modes -- Normal, Eco and Eco+ -- prioritize performance or efficiency. Eco extends range, while Eco+ conserves energy by limiting the motor to 74 hp and a top speed of 56 mph. A heat pump is designed to ensure optimal range in cold weather.

A standard 7.2 kW onboard charger allows a full recharge in four hours, using an optional 240-volt wall charger available for garages and carports. Charging on a standard household plug takes about 20 hours. The e-Golf will also be capable of using DC "fast charging" outlets, which can replenish 80 percent of the battery in about 30 minutes.

Look for the 2015 e-Golf to start somewhere around $35,000 (before tax credits and incentives), much like competitors including the Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf, when it goes on sale near the end of this year. Initially, the e-Golf will only be available in SEL trim, which includes a 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

Check back for a full review of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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