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Volkswagen e-Golf Named Best Compact

2016 AAA Green Car Guide lauds vehicle for its performance and value as the e-Golf joins AAA’s list The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf has been named Best Compact in the 2016
16 Jul 2016 09:18
Volkswagen  e-Golf Named  Best Compact

2016 AAA Green Car Guide lauds vehicle for its performance and value as the e-Golf joins AAA’s list

The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf has been named Best Compact in the 2016 AAA Green Car Guide.

This is a comprehensive report published annually by the largest member of the AAA federation – the Automobile Club of Southern California and its Automotive Research Center.

“Our team is very proud to be named to the top of AAA’s list,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President of Product Marketing for Volkswagen of America.

“This award is a testament to the many strengths of the e-Golf—cutting-edge technology, versatility, efficiency and value along with the fun to drive element that is so characteristic of the Volkswagen brand.”

Manager of the Automotive Research Centre, Megan McKernan, said: “The VW e-Golf SEL Premium is well equipped and fun to drive, and the best part about it is that it’s a greener version of a traditional Golf.”

 

The AAA tests

AAA tests cars on the basis of 13 categories, including: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility.

Scores of 0 to 10 points in each category are totaled to determine the top vehicles.

The guide summarizes vehicle specifications, test scores, data and observations and lists its strengths and weaknesses.

Each year, the research center tracks significant changes to a vehicle from model year to model year.

If no significant changes were made to the power train in 2016, a prior model year’s results were used.

 

The winner

The 2016 e-Golf is based on the award-winning Golf architecture, which redefined the hatchback category with enough space for five adults and more cargo space than any midsize sedan.

The e-Golf is powered by a synchronous permanent-magnet alternating current (AC) motor, capable of delivering a 199 lb-ft of torque along with 115 horsepower, all the while not using a single drop of fuel and producing zero tailpipe emissions.

The EPA-estimated range for the e-Golf is 83 miles and the combined EPA-estimated 116 MPGe puts e-Golf at the top of the 2016 Iompact EV class.

The 2016 e-Golf features a suite of new connectivity features that includes USB connectivity and VW Car-Net® App-Connect technology, as well as a number of newly available driver assistance systems.

The e-Golf offers a high level of standard and available equipment, including: Keyless access with push-button start; a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces.

As well as it includes a rearview camera; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Park Distance Control (Park Pilot); and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).

source: Volkswagen

 



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