2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Best Compact AAA Green Car Guide
With its impressive range, optimized battery charging equipment and a very quiet ride, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf stands out in the growing crowd of electric vehicles. It possesses the superb driving characteristics and versatile hatchback design of the Volkswagen Golf, plus the benefits of an eco-friendly electric drivetrain. The AAA Green Car Guide, lauding the 2016 e-Golf’s fun-to-drive nature, value and “green” qualities, just named it the Best Compact Car.
AAA Testing and Green Car Guide Awards Criteria
The AAA federation — the Automobile Club of Southern California and its Automotive Research Center — tests cars on the basis of 13 categories, including: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess and visibility. Scores of 0 to 10 points in each category are totaled to determine the top vehicles. The guide summarizes vehicle specifications, test scores, data and observations and lists its strengths and weaknesses.
“The VW e-Golf SEL Premium is well-equipped and fun-to-drive, and the best part about it is that it’s a greener version of a traditional Golf.” – Megan McKernan, Manager of the Automotive Research Center
“Our team is very proud to be named to the top of AAA’s list. This award is a testament to the many strengths of the e-Golf—cutting-edge technology, versatility, efficiency and value along with the fun-to-drive element that is so characteristic of the Volkswagen brand.” – Joerg Sommer, Vice President of Product Marketing for Volkswagen of America
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Trims and Pricing
Eco-minded consumers have a choice of two trims for the 2016 e-Golf. A value-oriented e-Golf SE lowers the price of entry to e-mobility with a starting price of $28,995 and $199/month lease offer. It comes equipped with a 3.6 kW onboard charger, but can be upgraded to the 7.2 kW onboard charger with the DC Fast Charging Package ($1,675). The e-Golf SEL Premium has a 7.2 kW onboard charger as standard equipment, enabling the EV’s battery to be recharged in less than four hours using the available 240-volt wall box. Using the SAE standard DC fast-charging infrastructure, the battery can be charged to up to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.