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Volkswagen Broadens e-Golf Availability, Unveils Bargain Friendly Limited Trim

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On: Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 7:14AM | By: Carl Malek

Volkswagen Broadens e-Golf Availability, Unveils Bargain Friendly Limited Trim

With the successful launch of the revamped Volkswagen Golf, the company has decided to build on the popularity of its versatile hatchback by announcing a new trim level for its most eco-friendly Golf variant, the e-Golf. Buyers interested in owning an e-Golf but were turned off by its high price tag will greatly benefit from this move, which in turn will help increase e-Golf sales.

Known as the Limited Edition, this variant will serve as a "base" model for the e-Golf range, slotting underneath the range topping SEL trim in the pricing ladder. The Limited Edition will retain much of the same standard equipment that can be found on the SEL, including navigation, a rear view camera, push button start, and a convenience-minded fast-charging system. However, to help it live up to its claim as the cheapest e-Golf, the Limited Edition will ditch items such as leatherette seating surfaces, alloy wheels, LED headlights, and the model-exclusive heat pump. These omissions are also evident in its $33,450 MSRP, which is a whopping $2,000 cheaper than the SEL model though still slightly more expensive than the $29,010 needed to obtain a base Nissan Leaf. Lease buyers will also see a slight price cut with the Limited Edition boasting a $229 per month lease payment, which is very good for its class.

Like its SEL-trimmed sibling, the Limited Edition is powered by an electric motor is capable of producing 119 horse power and a modest 199 lb-ft of torque. A race car it is not, but the futuristic power plant does allow the e-Golf to get an equivalent 126 mpg in the city and an equally lofty 105 mpg on the highway which adds up to a combined rating of 116 mpg. As a neat bonus, the electron-powered hatchback can travel up to 83 miles on a fulll charge, which is better than many rivals and should allow the e-Golf to be a reliable companion for both city driving and road trips, though we suggest prior planning before undertaking a cross-country road trip in the e-Golf.

Look for the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition to arrive at a Volkswagen showroom near you later this year with pre-ordering information expected to arrive closer to its official on-sale date.



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