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

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

At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its 2015 e-Golf electric in full production trim.

e-Golf

e-Golf

The e-Golf will launch in Europe in Spring of 2014, but it won't arrive in the US until some undisclosed time in 2015.

The five-door hatchback features a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which VW claims will provide the e-Golf with up to 118 miles of range (NEDC) or around 80 miles in the real world according to our estimates.

VW e-Golf Under the Hood

VW e-Golf Under the Hood

Some additional specs for the e-Golf include the following:

  • 114 horsepower
  • 199 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds
  • 87 mph top speed
  • Drag coefficient of 0.28
  • Three drive modes: Normal, Eco and ECO+
  • Four levels of regenerative braking: D1, D2, D3 and B
  • Optional CCS
  • 13-hour recharge on standard 230-volt socket or 8 hours with optional wall-box charger
  • Curb weight of 3,329 pounds
We suspect that the e-Golf will carry a US price tag of considerably less than $40,000, making it substantially cheaper than the BMW i3, but how does the e-Golf perform?

First reviews of the e-Golf are now coming in and, courtesy of Autocar, here's what we should expect:

e-Golf Interior

e-Golf Interior

"Much of the e-Golf’s appeal lies in its familiarity, which is something Volkswagen is clearly banking on in its quest to become a force in the electric car ranks."

"Performance wise, there’s little to complain about. With 199lb ft of torque available the moment you nudge the throttle in normal mode, the e-Golf bursts off the line with a strong and seamless surge of acceleration, hitting 37mph in 4.2sec..."

"Top speed varies depending on the driving mode, limited to 87mph in normal, 71mph in Eco and 56 mph in Eco Plus."

In the ever-so important "Should I buy one?" category, Autocar says this:

VW e-Golf to Go On Sale in US in 2015

VW e-Golf to Go On Sale in US in 2015

"The answer to this depends largely on your motoring needs....for those who require a car exclusively for journeys under the claimed 118-mile maximum range — and have easy access to high power 40kW electric charging — it appears to be a genuine alternative to the current crop of petrol, diesel and even hybrid-powered hatchbacks."

In all honesty, the VW e-Golf seems like it could easily outsell the BMW i3 two to one, provided that it's priced right and that VW actually wants to sell it.

If its US price is in the low to mid-$30,000s, then the e-Golf may well become an immediate hit in the states.  If priced above $40,000, the e-Golf can't compete with the i3, so it becomes a loser right out of the gate.

Source of full e-Golf review: Autocar