2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI and e-Golf Review

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

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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

For those afflicted with range anxiety, Volkswagen has a partial and innovative cure. The e-Golf comes with an unusual roadside assistance program. If you run out of battery power within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of your home, the service will transport the vehicle to the nearest charging station and pay for a taxi to get you to your home or office. There is no limit on how often this service may be used.

BOTTOM LINE

My first impression of the latest VW, going back just about a year, was that Wolfsburg is offering the most refined Golf since it was launched as the successor to the Beetle in 1974.

Volkswagen now has a Golf for everyone, whether it’s for city dwellers and commuters who want to glide silently to the office or travelers who need to study Spanish between very infrequent stops at the filling station, and they all promise plenty of Fahrvergnügen for the drive.

The e-Golf will be available in 11 states including California and New York as well as in Washington, D.C. at launch but that list will expand in the coming years.

THE DETAILS

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Base price/price-as-tested TBA $21,995/$29,095
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 12,000-rpm motor 2.0-liter inline six
Horsepower/Torque 115 / 199 150 / 236
Transmission Single-speed EQ270 6-speed DSG automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 3090 3,126
Wheelbase (inches) 103.8 103.8
Length x width x height (inches) 167.5 x 70.8 x 57.2 167.5 x 70.8 x 57.2
0-60 mph (seconds) 10.4 6.8
Fuel economy (mpg) 70 – 90 (estimated range in miles) 31/42 (city/highway)

 

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