2016 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2016 Nissan Leaf

When you drive the e-Golf, you'll find that many of the electric car stereotypes don't apply. Although the e-Golf is a fun car to drive, these days, drivers like you have many options to choose from when buying a zero-emissions vehicle. That's why we've compared the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2016 Nissan Leaf to see which model has the edge.

To start with, not much separates these two vehicles when it comes to the standard mileage range. Although other Leaf trims can boost that range somewhat, drivers should expect quite a bit higher MSRP. When keeping things affordable, however, both appear to have way more than enough for your daily commute and evening errands, if not more. Therefore, range anxiety should be of little concern.

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2016 Volkswagen e-Golf VS 2016 Nissan Leaf
83 miles Standard Range 84 miles
Up to 126 city/105 hwy MPGe Up to 126 city/101 hwy
115 hp, 199 lb-ft of torque Motor Specs 107 hp, 187 lb-ft of torque
Up to 52.7 cu ft Cargo Volume Up to 30.0 cu ft

Differences Between the 2016 VW e-Golf and 2016 Nissan Leaf

Differences can be found under the hood, however, through the electric motor. Though both offer plenty of torque, the e-Golf still has the edge when it comes to both torque and horsepower outputs. Despite this sporty power, the e-Golf also manages to have superior highway MPGe. Plus, you have the option of choosing what kind of ride you want to have through the e-Golf's three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Eco+.

Inside, the e-Golf boasts the latest in VW infotainment through the MIB II system. This comes with VW Car-Net App-Connect for seamless smartphone connectivity through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, something not found in the 2016 Leaf. The e-Golf also offers significantly more cargo space since it comes from the same design as the popular and versatile VW Golf.

Unfortunately, we can't share every feature here regarding the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2016 Nissan Leaf. That's why you'll need to contact us at Volkswagen Santa Monica to take the e-Golf for a test drive. Now that you've seen some of the ways the e-Golf has an edge in the segment, let us know of any questions you have.

Boasting the best in efficiency and engineering, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf stands tall above its peers in the electric hatchback class. Take a look at how it compares to the 2016 Nissan Leaf, and see for yourself what an impressive package the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf promises drivers in Santa Monica.

High-Powered Electric Performance

The new Volkswagen e-Golf's elecric motor achieves 115 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than many electric and hybrid vehicles on the market. The e-Golf complements that power with a stunning 126 MPGe city* and 105 MPGe highway. With zero tailpipe emissions, the e-Golf achieves a range of 83 miles, and its front-wheel drivetrain gives it a robust confidence. The e-Golf handles wonderfully, and its narrow wheelbase ensures tight and precise turning throughout the Beverly Hills area.

The 2016 Nissan Leaf likewise achieves great fuel economy at 126 MPGe city and 101 MPGe highway — it is an electric vehicle, after all. However, it can’t match the performance of the e-Golf, and it only gets up to 107 available horsepower. The Leaf is also a longer car, which makes it less able to turn with the precision of the e-Golf. That additional bulk doesn't give it more cargo space than the e-Golf, though, as the rear seats of the e-Golf fold flat and give it nearly double the cargo space of the Leaf.

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

Comparing Available Features

With round one over, it's clear the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf wins in performance. Now, let's take a look at available features that keep drivers safe, comfortable, and entertained on the Los Angeles roads.

2016 e-Golf

  • Forward collision warning
  • Front assist
  • Park distance control
  • Park steering assistant
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Blind spot monitor

2016 Leaf

  • Nissan advanced airbag system
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Vehcile dynamic control
  • Traction control system
  • Conventional cruise control
  • Front seat belts
  • Front-seat height-adjustable head rests
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

Choosing the Best Vehicle for You

The 2016 Nissan Leaf offers drivers inredible fuel economy, but it isn’t enough to take on the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf. The new e-Golf guarantees drivers better fuel economy on the highway while delivering greater raw power. It also gives drivers more available cargo space and a larger suite of safety, comfort, and entertainment features that easily ecclipse those of the Nissan Leaf.

Learn More About the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf at Volkswagen Santa Monica

Ready to learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf? Give us a call at 855-459-7323 or fill out our online form to arrange a test drive of this fantastic electric vehicle. We look forward to getting you behind the wheel of your new e-Golf at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA!

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

*126 city/105 highway MPGe (2015 e-Golf, single-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the e-Golf equivalent to 126 MPG measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 105 MPG in highway driving. 2016 EPA estimates not available at time of publication. Actual mileage will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.