Volkswagen gave its Golf model a major update for the 2015 model year, including a new platform.

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The 2015 e-Golf does away with fossil fuels for an electric drivetrain.

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The e-Golf comes standard with electricity-saving LED headlights and running lights.

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Low rolling resistance tires enhance the car's efficiency.

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The e-Golf only comes as a four-door hatchback.

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An 85-kilowatt motor drives the e-Golf's front wheels, making 199 pound-feet of torque.

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A 24.2 kilowatt-hour battery pack sits low in the center of the e-Golf, giving this EV good weight balance.

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The battery pack does not impinge on the car's interior space, allowing the Golf's full passenger and cargo capacity.

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All e-Golfs come in SEL Premium trim, meaning leather-covered front seats.

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The rear seats offer typical comfort for an economy hatchback, so may not feel quite worthy of a $35k/£30k car.

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The SEL Premium trim comes with navigation system and other amenities as standard.

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The steering wheel has buttons controlling the instrument cluster display, stereo and cruise control.

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A monochrome display on the instrument cluster shows trip, audio, navigation and phone information.

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This drive selector lets you select different levels of braking regeneration for when you lift off the accelerator.

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A rear view camera is the only driver assistance feature on the e-Golf.

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The voice command system is a bit limited, not offering control over the stereo.

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The maps on the navigation system look good, but address entry needs to be streamlined.

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The head unit includes traffic information, and uses it to compute routes.

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Charging stations are included in the points-of-interest database.

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HD radio comes standard on the e-Golf's stereo.

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For devices plugged into the car's proprietary audio port, the head unit shows a full music library interface.

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Volkswagen includes adapter cables for 30-pin and Lightning iOS devices, along with USB devices and drives.

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