#7- 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
Range: 83 miles
Battery Size:24.2 kWh
Power: 115 HP and 199 lb-ft
You’ll be happy to know that VW chopped a good $4,500 when compared to 2015’s model thanks to a new base trim level. In terms of overall sales of small EV’s, the Nissan Leaf is king selling ten times more compared to the E-Golf, but in Europre, it’s an entirely different story with the e-Golf outselling the Leaf. Lease rates start at $199 a month, so an e-Golf as a second car is an attractive option.
Outside, its standard Golf. The biggest giveaway are the low profile tires and special wind cheating wheels (which are replaced with steelies in the base trim e-Golf.) Up front, the grille is closed off for better aerodynamics and there’s a u-shaped piece of chrome under the grill. Its saving grace just might be its superior driving dynamics carrying over from regular Golf’s. You can thank VW’s modular MQB architecture for that.
Inside, it’s very professional (German?) with clean touchpoints throughout. It’s nearly identical to a stock Golf except for a EV power gauge replacing the rev counter. And with seating for five and 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space, the VW E-Golf is plenty versatile.
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