VW Announces E-Golf Trim At Lower Price

By · March 05, 2015

2015 Volkswagen E-Golf Limited Edition

2015 Volkswagen E-Golf Limited Edition

Following a trend toward price reductions on all-electric vehicles, Volkswagen today announced a lower-priced version of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf. Previously only available in an SEL trim for $35,445 (plus a $820 destination charge), the new Limited Edition drops the entry level price by $2,000 to $33,450.

Participating dealerships will also offer the Limited Edition for a monthly lease price of $229—presumably based on the same terms at the prior SEL lease, which was $299 per month for a 36-month and $2,000 due at signing. EV leasing is popular because federal tax credits ($7,500 for a pure EV) are immediately applied to the lease basis price, while state incentives, such as the $2,500 rebate in California, are still applicable.

The all-electric version of the Volkswagen Golf, which went on sale in November 2014, joined a relatively crowded field of small battery-powered cars. It stands out by its smart mainstream style and ultra-popular platform.

This is the EV for drivers who like classic German automotive styling. Based on our test drives, it’s also the best handling electric car on sale for less than $40,000.

The 2015 E-Golf is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent. According to VW, these numbers make the E-Golf “the most efficient car in its class for the 2015 model year.” Yet, in the world of EVs, these efficiency numbers take a secondary role to the all-important range number: how far an EV can go on a single charge. In this respect, the VW E-Golf’s EPA-estimated range is 83 miles—compared to 84 miles provided by the Nissan LEAF.

How is the less expensive Limited Edition different from the SEL Premium? It features 16-inch steel wheels in place of aluminum-alloys, halogen instead of LED headlights, and cloth in place of leatherette seating surfaces. Core equipment remains unchanged, including DC Fast Charging, standard 7.2-kW onboard charger, push-button start, navigation, rearview camera and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Volkswagen offers a customized Bosch charging station, along with a new Roadside Assistance program.

The new more affordable price for the E-Golf puts it in direct line with other pure electrics with leases in the neighborhood of $200 a month—providing a viable competitor to EV leaders, such as the more popular Nissan LEAF. In February 2015, Nissan sold 1,198 units of the LEAF, while VW only moved 130 E-Golf vehicles.

Comments

· · 2 years ago

I am glad they have made a lower cost model e-Golf, but I would have chosen a different list of features to remove. I would have kept the heat pump and LED lights, but left the navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, parking proximity, Car-Net, etc. out.

The drop in lease price is the most important (though it is probably for the 10K/year lease, which is barely practical for anyone). The jump up to a 12K/yr lease is ~$15, and similar again to go up to 15K/yr. I don't know why anybody *wouldn't* lease - if you purchase at the end of the lease, you pay ~$9500 less than the MSRP in total.

I am driving an e-Golf on a 15K/yr lease, and the deal I got (no down payment plus $2,500 state rebate) is $360 (plus tax) / month, with a buyout of $13,055. So, if I purchase at the end of the lease, the total I will pay is $23,515.

· · 2 years ago

Awesome car with so luxury and features. its more prompt to have it in less price.

· · 2 years ago

If I were in the market for an EV, this is the one I would want. It isn't compelling enough for me to upgrade from my 2012 Leaf, though.

I wonder, is the EPA range affected by these changes? What about the real-world range?

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