2019 Nissan Leaf vs. 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Comparison
2019 Nissan Leaf
Starting Price: $30,885 | Price Yours
Above Average: Good buy; 150-mile range is plenty for most people; quick recharge
Below Average: Range will be an issue if you like road trips; no sense of sportiness
Consensus: The 2019 Nissan Leaf is a great little entry-level EV for those looking to leave fossil fuels behind. It’s one of the cheaper EVs on the market, it makes respectable power for freeway driving, and its range should be fine for many commuters. If you’re a frequent road-tripper, either make sure you have a second car or consider one of the other EVs on the market.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
Starting Price: $32,790 | Price Yours
Above Average: Responsive and sporty, fun to drive
Below Average: Hatchback only; only available in a select number of states
Consensus: The Volkswagen Golf has been one of the most popular hatchbacks in the world for many years. It’s stylish, sporty, and fun to drive, and the 2019 e-Golf keeps all those qualities but with an electric powertrain that returns 119 MPGe combined.
At the other end of the spectrum are the 2019 Nissan Leaf and 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf, which are very reasonable, fun little city cars, each with a number of things to recommend. Each has a reasonable starting price and a lot of attractive options. And with 150 and 125 miles of range, respectively, both are a practical choice for most commuters.
The e-Golf adds an electric powertrain to a hatchback that’s been popular around the world for many decades and is known for its style and some sportiness. The Leaf, while somewhat newer, continues to improve and add features. And while it is a perfectly comfortable commuter, the Leaf is not really sporty in any sense, although it feels planted on the road.
Starting price; relatively low range means neither is a great choice for a road trip; hatchback body style
Nissan Leaf Advantages
More power, more range
Volkswagen e-Golf Advantages
Well-known hatchback; sportier to drive
On paper, the Nissan seems the better choice, with more performance and an expected nearly 25 miles longer range. But the Volkswagen brings the style and vibe of a hatchback that’s been a favorite around the world for decades and is also more fun to drive.
If you can live with the range (or just rent another car when you go on road trips), then we suggest the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf.
|2019 Nissan Leaf||2019 Volkswagen e-Golf|
|Engine||AC synchronous electric motor with 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack||AC synchronous electric motor with 36 kWh lithium-ion battery pack|
|Horsepower||147 hp||134 hp|
|Torque||236 lb-ft||214 lb-ft|
|Transmission||Single-speed fixed gear||Single-speed fixed gear|
|Fuel Economy||112 MPGe combined (124 city, 99 hwy)||119 MPGe combined (126 city, 111 hwy)|
|EPA-estimated Range||150 miles||125 miles|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 Stars||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.3 inches||103.5 inches|
|Overall Length||176.4 inches||168.1 inches|
|Width||70.5 inches||70.8 inches|
|Height||61.4 inches||57.2 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||35.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||41.2 inches||38.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||37.3 inches||38.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.1 inches||41.2 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||33.5 inches||35.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||54.3 inches||55.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||52.5 inches||53.9 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||92.4 cu. ft.||93.5 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||23.6 cu. ft.||22.8 cu. ft.|