Official EPA Test Results

Official EPA Test Results

The results are in for the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.

According to the EPA, the e-Golf has a rated range of 83 miles, or 1 less than the Nissan LEAF (see EPA chart above for official tests results city/highway/combined for all 2015 Model Year EVs).

In terms of MPGe, the EPA rates the e-Golf at 116 combined, but the breakdown for city/highways is as follows:

MPGe Figures For 2015 Model Year EVs

MPGe Figures For 2015 Model Year EVs

Of note is that the 2015 VW e-Golf's ratings are a result of testing only in B-Mode (maximum regenerative braking mode).

Note: e-Golf Tested in B-Mode

Note: e-Golf Tested in B-Mode

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With a base MSRP of $35,445, the VW e-Golf isn't as cheap as the Nissan LEAF, but it does have a competitive lease rate.

Revealed exclusively to InsideEVs, Mark Gillies, Manager of Product & Technology at Volkswagen of America, tells us the lease deal on the 2015 e-Golf is as follows:

  • $299 Per Month
  • 36 Month Lease
  • 36,000 Miles
  • $2,000 Due At Signing
Vw lists the e-Golf’s “competitive set” as such:
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Ford Focus EV
  • Nissan LEAF

"Competitive Set" Comparo

All e-Golfs come fully loaded.  This includes standard CCS.  No other vehicle offered in the U.S. has CCS as standard equipment.

Here is the full e-Golf spec sheet from Volkswagen:

2015 e-Golf Rear Hatch (Seats down)

2015 e-Golf Rear Hatch (Seats down)

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
Lastly, and this may be a deal-killer for some, the VW e-Golf's battery pack is air-cooled, same as the Nissan LEAF.