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2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Walk Around


Like its siblings, the e-Golf is conservatively styled, but that doesn’t mean dowdy in this case. The hatchback body looks crisp and mature. Some might even call it classic. If you’re looking for an EV that doesn’t look like one, this is it. The only clues are the shuttered grille and lack of a tailpipe, which actually result in a sleeker appearance. The e-Golf also gets unique LED lighting in front and a special wheel design.

Interior

The no-nonsense theme carries over to the inside, which features clean, angular shapes and well-defined controls. Most surfaces are covered in soft, nicely grained materials. The 6.5-inch touchscreen found on the SE is informative and easy enough to use, but visibility is much better with the 8-inch unit used in the SEL Premium. The e-Golf gets some blue accents and an electric power display, but is otherwise identical to other Golfs inside.

The upright, relatively boxy body provides impressive head and shoulder room for this class. Front passengers will be plenty comfortable on long trips, and the back feels spacious enough for a pair of full-size adults. Surprisingly, the battery pack doesn’t interfere with cargo space at all. You get a 22.8 cubic feet of it behind the rear seat, and an exceptional 52.7 cubic feet with it folded. That’s more than some small crossovers.

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