Volkswagen has announced that the 2015 e-Golf will have a starting price of $35,445 (plus $820 destination charge) when it goes on sale in selected US states in November. The new EV will also lease for $299 per month.
Prices for the competing Nissan LEAF range from $29,010 to $35,120; the Ford Focus Electric starts at $35,170.
Built on VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the e-Golf boasts 115 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. Range is between 70 and 90 miles, according to Volkswagen.
The new EV has a standard 7.2 kW onboard charger, as well as CCS-compatible DC fast charging. Safety features include a rearview camera and front and rear Park Distance Control.
VW claims the e-Golf has the largest interior space of any compact EV – 93.5 cubic feet, the same as the legacy Golf. For some buyers, the e-Golf’s capacious cargo space could be a strong selling point: 52.7 cubic feet with the seats folded, more than the Prius (40 ft3), and far more than the LEAF or the Focus EV (these two respectively have 30 ft3 and 45 ft3 with seats folded, but both have awkward-shaped cargo areas).