While it started getting popular in some European markets, VW e-Golf still hasn’t launched with official pricing in the US.
Today, VW finally revealed pricing for the all-electric vehicle today and it’s only a slight price hike.
The 2017 e-Golf received a significant range increase with an EPA rating of 125 miles thanks to a new 35.8 kWh battery pack.
With the new battery, the vehicle received a slight price increase of about $1,500 in the US. Here are the new MSRP prices with options:
- The value-oriented e-Golf SE ($30,495) trim now offers more standard equipment, including an 8-inch glass-covered touchscreen display, LED taillights, cruise control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and the 7.2 kW on-board charger. A DC Fast Charging package is available for $995.
- The e-Golf Limited Edition ($33,795) includes the myriad standard features of the SE trim, and adds DC Fast Charging capability, V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, and Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), with a new feature called Maneuver Braking (arriving late in the model year), which can help driver avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision with stationary objects while parking.
- The e-Golf SEL Premium ($36,995) offers an optional Driver Assistance package ($1,395), including the 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Lane Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist and Light Assist. (Late availability for the Driver Assistance Package).
Here’s a gallery of pictures of the 2017 VW e-Golf:
Despite its significant range upgrade versus the previous version, the 2017 VW e-Golf remains very much a compliance car for the German automaker and a placeholder until its more serious electric vehicle effort starting in 2019.
An electric vehicle based on converting an existing gas-powered vehicle is always less efficient and more difficult to sell when compared to their less expensive gas-powered counterparts.
For example, here’s what the e-Golf’s motor compartment looks like:
It’s quite clear that the vehicle is not a serious electric vehicle program, but VW has put enough efforts into it, and with a ~$30,000 starting price, that it might actually be somewhat competitive with other EVs, like the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, for a short while.
We are definitely more excited about VW’s first vehicles built to be electric from the ground up on a new platform. Those will first roll out starting in 2019 and the German automaker is seriously investing in them.
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