It now starts at $30,495, before the maximum $7,500 federal tax credit.

Volkswagen unveiled the 2017 e-Golf for the U.S. market back in mid-November last year, but it’s only now the fully electric compact hatchback finally has a price.

The cheapest version money can buy is going to set you back $30,495 (excluding destination charges) for the entry-level SE trim. That makes it $1,500 more expensive than its predecessor, but there are some big improvements that VW hopes justifies the premium.

2017 VW e-Golf Interior

2017 VW e-Golf Interior

For starters, gone is the 24.2-kWh battery of the 2016MY e-Golf as instead the new version has received a 35.8 kWh pack, which has effectively boosted range between from 83 to 125 miles. Not only that, but the 7.2 kW charger is now standard equipment across the lineup and it will recharge the battery in less than six hours when using a 240V charging station.

If you’re willing to pay more, the SE model can be had with an optional $995 fast charger that comes as standard on the upper-spec Limited Edition (from $33,795) and SEL Premium ($36,995). Using DC fast charging, VW says the battery is going to be replenished to an 80 percent level within an hour.

The new lithium-ion battery pack not only has an increased energy capacity, but also better battery chemistry that has further improved the e-Golf’s fuel economy. While the 2016MY version returned 126 MPGe in the city, 105 MPGe on the highway, and 116 MPGe in the combined cycle, the new model will do 126, 111, and 119, respectively.

Another reason why the e-Golf is now pricier has to do with the fact the electric motor is more powerful. Output has increased by 19 hp (15 kW) to 134 hp and by 15 lb-ft of torque to 214 lb-ft. Consequently, performance has been improved and the sprint to 60 miles per hour is going to take 9.6 seconds or roughly a second less than before. Top speed has increased as well, from 87 to 93 mph.

2018 Volkswagen e-Golf battery

2018 Volkswagen e-Golf battery

Like before, the VW e-Golf is available with a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, while EPA estimates the annual fuel cost will be $550 based on 13 cents per kilowatt-hour.

With all of that said the landscape is changing, and improving fast in this space. The e-Golf's main competitor, the new 2018 Nissan LEAF, got a full refresh, also gained performance improvements (30% faster from 60km/h-100km/h) and had its range bumped from 107 miles to ~150 mile in its base trim - for $690 less (from $29,900).

Press release below:


Upgraded model offers longer range, better fuel economy and more power than predecessor

  • Value-oriented e-Golf SE trim starts at $30,495
  • Increased battery capacity gives 2017 e-Golf an EPA-estimated range of 125 miles— a 50 percent increase over the previous model year
  • EPA-estimated 126 city MPGe and EPA-estimated annual fuel cost of $550
  • Upgraded electric motor produces 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque
  • Sharpened styling includes new front-end treatments, interior décor and colors
Herndon, VA (September 14, 2017) – Volkswagen of America Inc. announced today the pricing of the 2017 e-Golf. Volkswagen’s fully-electric e-Golf is upgraded for model year 2017, with a longer EPA-estimated range, better fuel economy and more power than its predecessor. The starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the e-Golf SE is just $30,495 plus destination ($820).

A look at the cargo room of the 2017 VW e-Golf

A look at the cargo room of the 2017 VW e-Golf

For 2017, Volkswagen is using an updated lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 kWh, up from 24.2 kWh. The revised battery helps increase the vehicle’s range from an EPA-estimated total range of 83 miles to 125 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on all trims, which enables the battery to be charged in less than six hours at a 240V charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on Limited Edition and SEL Premium), the battery can be charged up to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

Improved battery chemistry also helps improve the overall fuel economy of the 2017 e-Golf.

For city driving, the EPA estimated fuel economy is 126 MPGe; highway driving is rated at 111 MPGe; and combined city/ highway at 119 MPGe, improved over the 2016 EPA estimates of 126, 105 and 116, respectively.

The electric motor on the 2017 e-Golf has been upgraded as well. Where the 2016 e-Golf utilized an 85 kW electric motor developing 115 horsepower, the new 100 kW electric motor develops 134 horsepower. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 199 pound-feet to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds—and its top speed increases to 85 mph.

In addition to these engineering improvements, the 2017 e-Golf is wallet friendly. Based on 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, the EPA has estimated an annual fuel cost of just $550. A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for purchasers; dependent on state, additional credits may be available.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

New styling inside and out modernizes the overall appearance of the 2017 e-Golf. New color options, restyled bumpers, front fenders, headlights, grille and décor head the stylistic changes, along with revised seat trim inside.

The value-oriented e-Golf SE ($30,495) trim now offers more standard equipment, including an 8-inch glass-covered touchscreen display, LED taillights, cruise control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and the 7.2 kW on-board charger. A DC Fast Charging package is available for $995.

The e-Golf Limited Edition ($33,795) includes the myriad standard features of the SE trim, and adds DC Fast Charging capability, V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, and Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), with a new feature called Maneuver Braking (arriving late in the model year), which can help driver avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision with stationary objects while parking.

The e-Golf SEL Premium ($36,995) offers an optional Driver Assistance package ($1,395), including the 12.3- inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Lane Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist and Light Assist. (Late availability for the Driver Assistance Package).

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