Volkswagen announced its 2016 lineup, which in the US will include a new entry level e-Golf.
From the start, Volkswagen offered only one SEL trim (details) with a lot of standard features like LED headlights, heat-pump, 7.2 kW on-board charger, DC fast charging inlet, aluminum-alloys wheels, rearview camera... for $35,445 plus $820 destination charge.
There was an experiment with a $2,000 cheaper “Limited Edition” earlier this year (details). This trim didn't have heat-pump, LED lights, aluminum-alloys wheels nor leatherette seating surfaces.
For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen brings the SE entry level trim.
The most important differences are related to charging - 3.6 kW on-board charger instead of 7.2 kW, and no DC fast charging. Both features will be available in an optional DC Fast Charging Package. SE touchscreen will be smaller (6.5-inch instead of 8-inch in SEL).
As for pricing, here's where the e-Golf SE shines. With a starting price of $29,815 (including $820 for destination), this entry-level model undercuts the $29,860 2015 Leaf S (including $850 for destination).
Best of all, lease rates for the e-Golf SE start at $199 a month:
"Lowering the cost of entry to Volkswagen e-mobility, the new 2016 e-Golf SE offers most of the features of the SEL Premium model and includes a 3.6 kW onboard charger as standard. A new available DC Fast Charging Package adds the 7.2 kW onboard charger with DC Fast Charging. Pricing will start at $28,995, with a $199 lease price, fully competitive with the Nissan Leaf S."
Taking direct aim at the Nissan LEAF S.
Lowering the cost of entry to e-mobility, the 2016 e-Golf SE offers most of the features of the SEL Premium model. A 3.6 kW onboard charger is standard, but the DC Fast Charging Package (late availability) adds the 7.2 kW onboard charger with DC Fast Charging.
- New value-oriented SE model
- MIB II infotainment system with USB and VW Car-Net App-Connect
- New Driver Assistance Package (Late availability)
Both e-Golf models get MIB II infotainment systems; SE models feature a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and SEL Premium models have an 8-inch touchscreen. A new Driver Assistance Package, which includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), is available on SEL Premium."