Volkswagen Prices First Electric Car; 2015 e-Golf Will Cost $36,265

2015VolkswagenE-Golf

Volkswagen today announced pricing for the all-new 2015 e-Golf as the electric hatchback prepares to "charge" into dealerships in the fall. VW's first fully electric, zero-emissions vehicle starts at $36,265, including an $820 destination charge, for the SEL Premium model.

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The e-Golf, which we first saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, is powered by a compact electric motor and 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, good for 115 horsepower and 199 pounds-feet of torque. It's mated to a single-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen said the e-Golf has an average range of 70 to 90 miles and a 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger, achieving an 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes. The hatchback offers three driver-selectable modes: Normal, Eco and Eco Plus.

2015VolkswagenE-GolfInterior

Standard exterior features include 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, power adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, LED headlights, and body-colored exterior mirror caps, moldings, door handles and bumpers. Standard interior features include V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces with front manual lumbar support, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, split-folding rear seats, heated front seats, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, and a leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and steering wheel. Tech features include a 5.8-inch touch-screen multimedia system with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio and VW Car-Net connected services in addition to keyless entry, a backup camera, front and rear Park Distance Control, and an automatic post-collision braking system.

Fans of the regular Golf's competitive interior and cargo space won't have their style cramped by the electric version. The e-Golf boasts the same 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, as well as overall interior space of 93.5 cubic feet, as its gas-powered sibling.

2015VolkswagenE-GolfCargo

What's not identical between the two is starting price. The e-Golf's $36,265 price tag is nearly twice that of the regular 2015 Golf, which starts at $18,815 with destination. It's also significantly more expensive than 2015 versions of competitors the Nissan Leaf ($29,860) and Fiat 500e ($32,650), but on par with the 2014 Ford Focus Electric ($35,995). Buyers will decide if it's worth the extra charge when the e-Golf goes on sale in November in select states.

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Comments 

Hybrit

Nice job VW, very nice looking ev. Probably worth the price, but the big question is whether it's worth spending an extra $6,000 over the vw's price to get the excellent BMW i3.

Overpriced

The price is deal killer for me. When you look into competition this car is the most expensive. VW is not known for reliability either. My daily driver will need replacement in 1-2 years from now. I am looking into highly fuel efficient car. The more I look and calculate ownership/gas cost (projecting $4/gallon) the more Toyota Prius looks like the best deal out there.
I know 3 families with Prius and they all would buy it again. I have friends with VW and most of them would not buy it again.
This is relatively new technology. I have doubts in VW capability to make it reliable. They have so many issues with regular gas engine cars.
My weekend car is 911 turbo and I have my fair share of dealer visits. I need reliable fuel efficient daily driver, and don't care about looks.

pBen

I drive an EV (fit) and I've driven a Prius for multiple days (rental) and for city driving (and money not being an issue) I'd drive an EV. The Prius is really sluggish at start compared to the instant acceleration of an EV and maintenance is minimal at this point. The Prius is complex - though I'd have to say, for long drives (LA SF) I achieved 45-48 mpg and the ride was pretty nice ... but for city driving (kids to school, stores, short work commutes) give me either a low cost peppy 4-door gas machine or an EV.

As for VW ... can't believe the power train will be an issue but it's been a long time since I owned a VW (71 bug, 80 Vanogan). I had a good mechanic!

wein

EV is beginning to look very attractive, our next car very well be an EV. The Golf will be at the top of our short list. Based on past personal ownership experience we trust VW to do a good job especially since Electric is not a new technology.

jyd

Possibly the most boring, bland VW ever. It almost put me to sleep but the price shocked me awake.

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