2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. Its Competition

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Two all-electric compact hatchbacks compete with 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, one from a mass-market brand and one from a luxury maker.

The Nissan Leaf, by far the world's best-selling electric car, offers a higher 107-mile range than the 84-mile e-Golf, at about the same price.

It's a dedicated design that won't be mistaken for anything else, while the e-Golf is one of the stealthiest of all electric cars.

On the luxury end, at a price $10,000 to $15,000 higher, the technology-forward BMW i3 also got a range boost this year, to about 110 miles.

The i3 also remains the most energy-efficient car of any kind sold in the U.S.

Two other, much lower-volume electric cars, are the Ford Focus Electric and the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

The electric Focus is expected to get its own range boost this year, to 100 miles or more from its current and very noncompetitive 73 miles.

The Mercedes B-Class is a unique model to the U.S., but it's much more conventional in appearance and starts about $10,000 higher as well.

No word yet on whether it'll get a boost from its current 87-mile range rating.

But the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will offer a range of 200 miles or more, though ratings haven't been released—and that will change the game entirely this year, leaving all four of the others at a disadvantage.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
Browse Used Listings
2017 BMW i32017 BMW i3
Browse Used Listings
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Browse Used Listings
2017 Nissan Leaf  2017 Nissan Leaf
Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
The BMW i3 is a technological and stylistic tour de force—yet like any technology, it's nearing its sell-by date.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV could become the first mainstream electric car, with a 238-mile range and a base price in the high $30,000s before incentives.
Eclipsed by the Chevrolet Bolt EV's 200-mile-plus range, the Nissan Leaf is best enjoyed with the substantial discounts dealers are eager to offer.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
Coming Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy
EPA Class   
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonMidsize Cars
Style Name   
4-Door SE60 Ah5-Door HB LTS Hatchback
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2017 BMW i32017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2017 Nissan Leaf