Volkswagen announced pricing on the e-Golf for the United States today, and has decided that only the fully loaded SEL Premium model will be sold in America.
From $35,445 – or $27,945 if your are the type of person who like to factor in the $7,500 federal credit, then VW adds $820 in destination and delivery fees for a net amount of $36,265.
Given that the Nissan LEAF is the benchmark when it comes to smaller ranged EVs, and the e-Golf has a LEAF-like 24.2 kWh battery, the comparison to high trim level Nissan (SL) from $35,120 has to be made. On that basis, the car is not unreasonable at all – however, we still find it disappointing there isn’t a more entry-level price variant offered.
Still, this means things like high speed CCS charging (80% fill in 30 mins) comes as part of the standard package, as well as 7.2 kW L2 abilities.
As for range, VW notes that it has yet to be EPA rated, but to expect 70 to 90 miles per charge – so again, not terribly helpful. The all-electric Golf goes on sale in November in selected regions.
“Built on the Golf’s sporty Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, and powered by a compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery (built in-house at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig facility), the e-Golf follows the Golf’s “fun-to-drive, yet practical” formula, with all of the benefits of an electric vehicle.”
Here is the spec sheet as given by VW on the e-Golf:
- Standard 7.2kW onboard charger
- Combined Charging System (CCS) that allows 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes
- Average range between 70 and 90 miles, depending on driving style and charging behavior
- Class-leading 199 lb-ft of torque, with 115 horsepower
- Largest interior space in a compact EV—an impressive 93.5 cubic feet, same volume as Golf
- Versatile cargo area, with 22.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats; 52.7 cubic feet with seats folded
- Three driving profiles designed to preserve energy (“Normal”, “Eco”, and “Eco+”)
- Three driver-selectable regenerative braking levels
- 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation system and infotainment center
- Bluetooth® technology
- SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking system
- Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- LED headlights
- Bespoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- Keyless access
- Heatable front seats
- Rearview camera; and front and rear Park Distance Control
So, while we know Nissan can breath easy when it comes to VW taking any sales of significance away from their LEAF, does the e-Golf appeal to you as a ‘premium’ short range EV option?