The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2015 Nissan Leaf may seem stiff, but when the numbers are looked at closer there's no competition.
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf 2015 Nissan Leaf
$33,450 MSRP $29,010
126 city/ 105 highway MPGe Fuel Economy 126 city/ 101 highway
85kW AC synchronous electric motor Engine 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor
115hp Horsepower 107hp
199 lb-ft Torque 187 lb-ft
52.7 cu. ft. Max. Cargo Space 30 cu. ft.
93.5 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 92.4 cu. ft.
83 Miles Per Charge 84

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2015 Nissan Leaf

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf differs from the 2015 Nissan Leaf so drastically that it's a clear winner.

The electric vehicle segment may not be the most competitive, but with the continued search for alternatives to using gasoline it may become the fastest growing. The Volkswagen e-Golf is the newest addition to the market, but it certainly is one to watch. When comparing the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2015 Nissan Leaf, there’s likely an assumption that the Nissan, with its five-year head start in releasing an electric vehicle would dominate, but as it turns out the automaker is already falling behind in keeping up with modern expectations.

There’s no denying the 2015 Nissan Leaf has a lower starting MSRP, though the numbers aren’t so significantly different that it should make much of a difference, especially when considering value. One of the main faults of the base trim level Nissan Leaf comes standard with a 3.3kW charger, which takes roughly21 hours to charge from a standard 110 outlet or eight when plugged into a 240 volt outlet, while the e-Golf boasts a 7.2 kW charger, which can charge up in just four hours with a 240 volt wall charger or charge up to 80-percent in 30 minutes at DC fast-charging stations. For those not interested in waiting much before traveling, this could make or break a decision.

Looks can be deceiving, but not always

One of the main things shoppers like about the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is its styling, which is almost exactly like the Golf its design is based on. Aside from blue lines in the headlights and a shutter grille to distinguish it, most people have a difficulty distinguishing it as an EV. Not only does it look the same, but the battery pack takes nothing away from cargo space, leaving it with the same maximum cargo capacity of 52.7 cubic feet. Then there’s the 2015 Nissan Leaf, which falls into the temptation to make an EV look futuristic, leaving it looking exactly like it must be an electric car. For those not seeking to make a statement, this could be seen as a downfall.

Overall reviewers rate the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf above the 2015 Nissan Leaf for performance. One of the worst expectations drivers can have for an EV is that it will feel sluggish, and the Leaf seems to meet this expectation in both city and highway driving. In contrast, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf surprises test drivers by offering up a driving experience similar to the gasoline-powered Golf, some even feeling it is smoother thanks to the balance added by the battery pack.

Not sure if the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is the right model for you? Stop by New Century Volkswagen or schedule a test drive online to see for yourself. 

Can you see yourself driving off in a 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf?