2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2017 Nissan Leaf

The Volkswagen e-Golf combines the refinement, fun-to-drive nature and stylish and versatile hatchback design of the VW Golf family with the benefits of an eco-friendly electric powertrain. For the 2017 model-year, the e-Golf is much improved over its predecessor, with improved range, more power and new features. Another compact electric car is the Nissan Leaf. Let's see how the two vehicles measure up in this 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2017 Nissan Leaf comparison.

The e-Golf has the advantage for performance. While the two electric cars have excellent MPGe ratings, with 126 city/105 hwy for the e-Golf and 124 city/101 hwy for the Leaf, the 2017 e-Golf benefits from a new lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity that's been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge. In comparison, the 2017 Leaf only has a range of 107 miles. The e-Golf also benefits from its new and more powerful electric motor, which delivers an output of 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the Leaf only produces 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf VS 2017 Nissan Leaf
126 city/105 hwy MPGe 124 city/101 hw
124 miles Range on a Single Charge 107 miles
134/214 Horsepower/Torque 107/187
52.7 cu-ft Max. Cargo Space 30.0 cu-ft

Advantages of the 2017 e-Golf over the 2017 Leaf

The e-Golf possesses an interior that incorporates the stylish and functional elements found in the rest in the rest of the Golf family, as well as several unique features. Despite the large battery pack lying underneath, the e-Golf cabin offers exactly the same interior volume as other Golf hatchback models, at an impressive 93.5 cu-ft. It also retains the highly versatile Golf cargo area, with 22.8 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats and 52.7 cu-ft with the seats folded. In comparison, the 2017 Leaf offers a maximum cargo space of only 30.0 cu-ft.

Another advantage of the 2017 e-Golf is its driver assistance systems, with more features offered for the 2017 model-year. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking adds pedestrian monitoring, which will warn the driver acoustically and visually, supply increased braking pressure, and if the driver does not react, apply the brakes in order to help mitigate a collision with a pedestrian as well as other vehicles. The optional Driver Assistance Package for the SEL Premium includes Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor Plus, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Light Assist.

If you live in the Orange County-area and would like to learn more about 2017 e-Golf or wish to take it for a test drive, then don’t hesitate to contact us at Capistrano Volkswagen!