2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI and e-Golf Review
We Test Drive the New Fuel-Efficient 7th Generation Golf
While the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been on sale in Europe since late 2012, it’s first arriving in the United States now and is being built in Puebla, Mexico (alongside the new Beetles and Jettas) for the U.S. market.
In the U.S., the Golf is available across all variants as a four-door hatchback; the entry-level ($17,995 MSRP) gasoline-powered Golf 1.8T comes as a two-door as well. VW has stubbornly clung to the hatch concept since the launch of the original Golf (Rabbit, in the United States) in 1974 and it’s finally starting to gain traction in the States.
The new Golf is being launched with three powerplants, gasoline, diesel, and electric. The e-Golf will soon be at dealerships, followed by a Golf SportWagen that replaces the Jetta SportWagen (which was really a Golf anyway). Built off the new Golf platform, the e-Golf is the first U.S. VW with full LED headlights. It comes with C-shaped LED daytime-running lights, different bumpers, and of course no tailpipe.
While making the new Golf better looking and sportier than ever, Volkswagen clearly looked back at heritage Golfs and borrowed heavily from the first- and fourth-generation models.
The Golf is visibly more aerodynamic, has a lower, wider track, a wider stance, and a lower roofline.
The TDI model will clearly be the leader with its fuel economy and range, but the e-Golf, which can range over 100 miles (160 kilometers) in its eco-plus mode (normal is 70 to 90 miles or 112 to 145 kilometers), is something to think about for those city drivers who don’t need drive great distances.