2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Review

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Like people, cars benefit from good genetics. Fortunately for the Volkswagen e-Golf electric car, starting with a Golf as the foundation gives it excellent DNA. The whole Golf range, including the GTI, has been a perennial 10Best Cars winner for the past decade. If a Golf two-door, four-door, or SportWagen can’t meet your automotive needs, then you either have a large family or we respectfully think you’re wrong.

Proof: Electric cars ARE cheaper to run than normal ones, The Tesla Model 3 standard range is the third most economical (32.3mpp), the Volkswagen e-Golf fourth (30.8mpp), with the BMW i3 fifth (30.0mpp). Keith Adams, editor of Parkers, the website behind the. – News from www.motoringresearch.com

New for 2016 is this entry-level e-Golf, the SE. It resets the starting point for the e-Golf to less than $30K, at $29,815—significantly below the continuing $36,415 SEL Premium model. Factor in tax credits from the federal and (some) state governments, such as Colorado, and the bottom line can drop into the teens. At that point, the e-Golf starts looking like a pretty attractive way to avoid gas stations forever. While electricity isn’t free, the e-Golf’s predicted annual energy cost, according to the EPA, is $550, or $650 less than it would take to fuel a VW Golf TSI automatic.

But more than cost, limited range is the biggest concern when considering an electric car. According to the EPA, there isn’t a single EV priced under $30,000 that can travel farther than 100 miles on a charge. (The Nissan Leaf SV, which has the newly available and larger 30-kWh battery pack, starts at $35,050 and can go 107 miles; the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which promises 200 miles, goes on sale late this year at an expected price of $37,500.)

The EPA estimates the e-Golf’s range at 83 miles. Yet the farthest we drove on a single charge was 52 miles, after which we recharged. The battery sucked up 19.0 kWh of electrons, or about 80 percent of the 24.2-kWh battery pack’s capacity. Which means that after driving 52 miles we had only 5 kWh left—something like 12 or 13 miles’ worth. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Michael Simari

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