2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI and e-Golf Review

We Test Drive the New Fuel-Efficient 7th Generation Golf

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Gauges are large and clear and all 2015 Golfs are equipped with a 5.8” touchscreen that supports a variety of entertainment features, including Bluetooth streaming, USB, and HD radio. Also impressive was the inclusion of an Apple Lightning connector below the center stack. It’s the first car I’ve seen that supports what is now a two-year-old connector standard.

The navi isn’t terribly different from past VW navis and it does what it’s supposed to do with crisp graphics and clear instructions.

DRIVING THE 2015 VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF

The e-Golf 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).

The new motor and its transmission were developed by Volkswagen in-house and are manufactured at its plant in Kassel, Germany. The e-Golfs, along with the other new Golfs destined for the North American market, are assembled in Mexico.

The 700-pound (317.5-kilogram) lithium-ion battery can reach 80% of its charge in as little as 30 minutes when connected to a standard Combined Charging System port. Otherwise, plan on four hours when connected to a 220-volt outlet and 20 hours on 120-volts for a full charge.

Volkswagen chose to go with a key to start the e-Golf, something I found odd in an age where fewer and fewer drivers have to take a car key out of their pockets. The car is quiet, eerily so. With heavy acceleration, one only hears a rush of air, presuming the radio is off. The turn signal can come off as unusually loud as well, particularly when the vehicle is stopped.

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