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.

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6.4
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
6.6
The BMW i3 is a technological and stylistic tour de force—yet like any technology, it's nearing its sell-by date.
7.4
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.
5.8
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.
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Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonMid-Size Cars
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4-Door SE60 Ah5-Door HB LTS Hatchback
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Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
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5455
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