Volkswagen of America has introduced a more affordable e-Golf SE to better compete with the Nissan Leaf.

Volkswagen of America has introduced a more affordable e-Golf SE to better compete with the Nissan Leaf.

This new version carries a starting price of $29,815 (including $820 destination) before incentives which makes it just $45 cheaper than the Leaf. Details regarding equipment are scarce at the moment, but Volkswagen says it comes with most of the goodies offered on the SEL Premium. It gets a 3.6 kW on-board charger as standard while later on it will be offered at an additional cost with an optional 7.2 kW on-board charger with DC fast charging.

Inside the cabin it hosts a 6.5-inch touchscreen display part of the MIB II infotainment system whereas the more expensive SEL Premium (from $36,415) comes with a bigger 8-inch screen. The latter also gets a new Driver Assistance Package encompassing Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Parking Steering Assistant.

The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf has a maximum range of 83 miles (133 km) and has an EPA rating of 126 MPGe city / 105 MPGe highway / 116 MPGe in the combined cycle. Power comes from an electric motor producing 115 bhp (85 kW) and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque which is enough electric muscle for a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in less than 10.4 seconds.

As a final note, Volkswagen of America has announced the $33,450 e-Golf Limited Edition will be discontinued, despite being introduced just several months ago.

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