Compare 2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2016 Nissan Leaf
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
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4-Door HB S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LEAF 4-Door HB S N/A N/A $27,486 $29,010
LEAF 4-Door HB SL N/A N/A $34,843 $36,790
LEAF 4-Door HB SV N/A N/A $32,394 $34,200
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4-Door Limited Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
e-Golf 4-Door Limited Edition N/A N/A $32,443 $33,795
e-Golf 4-Door SE N/A N/A $29,275 $30,495
e-Golf 4-Door SEL Premium N/A N/A $35,515 $36,995

Nissan Leaf vs. Volkswagen e-Golf: Compare Cars

The Nissan Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car in the world, with almost 250,000 units sold as of mid-2016. But it's only one among a handful of all-electric, five-seat small cars sold in the U.S.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,486
$32,443
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,010
$33,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$484 / month
$563 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Nissan Leaf remains a somewhat appliance-like drive, but its new range rating of 107 miles raises it to the top of its class—and it's still smooth, quiet, and calming to drive. The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.4 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
50 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.5 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
51.7 -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.3 35.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 60.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 -
Length, Overall (in)
175 168.1
Height, Overall (in)
61 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.5
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 70.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
30 52.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
24 22.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3256 2455
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
187 214
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
107 134
Engine Type
Electric Electric
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
126 126
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
114 119
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
101 111
Battery Range (mi)
84 125
Transmission
Trans Type
1 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
7.94 3.61
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 2.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.70
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan LEAF Volkswagen e-Golf
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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