Volkswagen e-Golf Hits the Stage in LA

Volkswagen e-Golf Hits the Stage in LA

If the BMW i3 was priced below expectations in Germany, then the Volkswagen e-Golf is priced at expectations.

VW e-Golf Makes US Debut At Los Angeles Auto Show

VW e-Golf Makes US Debut At Los Angeles Auto Show

Separated by a mere 50 Euros ($68.45 USD), Germany buyers will certainly not be swayed by price when choosing between the VW e-Golf and BMW i3.

Pricing for the e-Golf is now officially set at 34,900 Euros ($47,782 USD) in Germany.  Meanwhile, the BMW i3 has a base MSRP of 34,950 Euros ($47,850 USD) in Germany.

While we know the specs for the i3, the attributes for the e-Golf are just now coming out.  Among the numerous details released on the e-Golf are these vital specs:

  • 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • 8-year / 160,000 km battery warranty
  • Range of up to 190 km NEDC (~80 +/- 3 miles on EPA cycle)
  • 12.7 kWh per 100 km
  • 115 hp electric motor
  • 270 Nm torque (199 pound-feet)
  • 0 to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds
  • 0 to 60 km/h in 4.2 second
  • Top speed of  87 mph
  • 30 day free ICE rental per year for first 3 years of ownership in Germany
Appropriately, Volkswagen says that, dependent on driving conditions, range is from 130 km to 190 km (80.8 to 118 miles).  Again, this is an NEDC figure.

As for availability, Germans can order a VW e-Golf starting today.

The question now becomes, which vehicle, the BMW i3 or VW e-Golf, will outsell the other?

No Compromises on Storage Space

No Compromises on Storage Space

e-Golf Interior

e-Golf Interior

Volkswagen e-Golf launch press release posted below in its entirety:

Das e-Auto. The new e-Golf is here

- Volkswagen bestseller is now also available as all-electric car - Extremely efficient, consuming 12.7 kWh, equating to just €3.28 per 100 km - Range of up to 190 km - Handling and ride of the Golf coupled with extensive range of standard features - 8-year or 160,000-km guarantee on the battery

Das e-Auto. The new e-Golf is here.enlargeThe Golf is the most successful European car of all time. In launching the new e-Golf *, Volkswagen is now bringing the bestseller onto the market as a full production electric vehicle as well. The especially agile and efficient compact car supplements the highly economic fleet of 3 Euro vehicles and boasts an extensive range of standard features. The e-Golf can be immediately recognised by its signature LED headlights and is available from €34,900.

In launching the e-Golf, Volkswagen is bringing its second electric vehicle onto the market inside six months. The agile and efficient e-Golf impresses with best-in-class qualities from the off, leading the way with low power consumption of 12.7 kWh/100 km. In addition to the environmental aspect, the practically silent and thus gliding e-Golf is also very inexpensive to run, as power costs are just €3.28 per 100 kilometres. Thanks to a particularly innovative overall technological system, improved aerodynamics (cw=0,281) and perfected rolling resistance, the new, all-electric Volkswagen is over 15 per cent more energy-efficient than the best steel-built direct competitor. Joining the e-up! ** and eco-up! ***, the e-Golf thus extends the Volkswagen brand's fleet of highly efficient 3 Euro vehicles.

The e-Golf is 'Das e-Auto' - it has the same handling, comfortable ride and generous amount of space that has seen the Golf so appreciated for decades by over 30 million car buyers. The e-Golf is in addition fitted with a very good range of standard features, including four doors, the high-end 'Discover Pro' radio/navigation system, heated windscreen, automatic climate control, parking heater and ventilation, leather steering wheel, aerodynamically optimised 'Astana' alloy wheels and, being used for the first time by Volkswagen, full LED headlights. Another especially economic and likewise standard feature are the LED daytime running lights, which by virtue of their signature C-shaped format immediately identify the e-Golf as a Volkswagen electric vehicle.

The electric engine delivers 85 kW / 115 PS and from a standing start develops maximum torque of 270 Nm. This deployment of power produces a superb driving performance: the e-Golf reaches a speed of 60 km/h within 4.2 seconds and after just 10.4 seconds the Volkswagen is up to 100 km/h. A fascinating factor here is the pull-away performance, which is extremely comfortable and totally free of any delay. Depending on the nature of the route, driving style and load, the range is between 130 and 190 kilometres. The new e-Golf is available in Germany now. Prices start from €34,900 (including the 8-year / 160,000-kilometre battery guarantee).

Under the slogan 'electrified', Volkswagen will be launching a series of e-mobility weeks in March on the site of Berlin's former Tempelhof Airport. The Wolfsburg-based company will be offering selected industry guests a comprehensive and detailed overview of Volkswagen capabilities in the field of electrically powered motoring. From 14th - 16th March there will also be the opportunity for members of the public to avail themselves of the numerous facilities on offer, such as test driving vehicles fitted with the innovative engine systems. The e-mobility weeks will be rounded off with public concerts in the evening. For further details of the full programme and the bands performing, please see www.emobility.volkswagen.de.

* e-Golf power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined); CO2 emission in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+

** e-up! power consumption in kWh/100km: 11.7 (combined); CO2 emission in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+

*** eco-up! fuel consumption in natural gas (CNG) kg/100 km: 3.6 kg/100 km (urban) / 2.5 kg/100 km (extra urban) / 2.9 kg/100 km (combined), CO2 emission in g/km: 79 g/km (combined); efficiency class: A+