Finally, a zero-emissions compact that will bring a jolt to your commute.
For a half-decade, automakers have rolled out plug-ins with limp handling and languid cornering, while VW offered none. Only recently has the company released its first electric model, and even though the VW e-Golf’s limited range (83 miles) will relegate it to second-car duty for most, there’s something to like about the Golf’s voltaic variant: It drives like a Golf — taut and Teutonic. An added benefit: Its immediate burst of torque hustles the e-Golf to 30 mph more quickly than its conventionally powered hot-hatch sibling, the GTI. The GTI’s still a better fit for most, but greenies should know there’s an entertaining short-range alternative to the Tesla. [116 MPGe; 83-mile range; $36,265]
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