2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – Road Test and Review

By Jonathan Spira on 19 August 2014
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DSC_0375Volkswagen, which is the market volume leader in the United States for diesel-powered cars, is filling in the last piece in its portfolio, an electric vehicle, with the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.  Yes, there had been a dozen or so prototypes driving around the United States in the past but those were part of a closed pilot program.

Volkswagen waited until it was ready to launch the seventh generation Golf before bringing the e-Golf onto the market in order to avoid putting the all-electric powertrain into the outgoing version of the Golf.  Volkswagen points out it has sold 30 million Golfs worldwide thus far, but the e-Golf is the first zero emissions vehicle.

Having driven the new Golf several times before being introduced to the e-Golf, I was looking forward to finding out how it performed.  The new Golf, especially the TDI Variant, is unquestionably one of my favorite new cars for 2015, and Volkswagen set expectations fairly high by releasing the e-Golf last.  Indeed, the field for electric vehicles is packed in the United States.  Almost every car maker – BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota – offers one zero-emissions vehicle in California, and VW was the glaring exception.



Volkswagen outfits the car really well and doesn’t cut back on equipment in order to increase driving range.  In terms of what one might think of as “options,” the car is delivered standard with automatic climate control, navigation, a heated windshield, and it’s the first VW to have LED headlights.

The e-Golf, as all of the Golf variants to be sold in the United States, is manufactured at the automaker’s Volkswagen de México manufacturing facility in Puebla, Mexico.

It is powered by a 115-horsepower electric motor (for the technically minded, it’s an EEM-85 synchronous permanent-magnet AC motor) that develops a powerful 199 pound-feet of torque.  The Golf can accelerate from a standstill to 25 mph (40 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and it takes 10.4 seconds to get to 60 mph (97 km/h).  Volkswagen has chosen to electronically limit the e-Golf’s top speed to 87 mph (140 km/h).

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