The all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf is now available to order, with prices starting from €32,660.
Based on the standard Volkswagen Golf, the EV has a range of 190km, depending on driving, and a top speed of 140kph.
It can accelerate from 0-100kph in 10.4 seconds.
Its standard full charge from a standard domestic three-pin socket is 13 hours.
An optional domestic wallbox is available free from ESB e-Cars, which recharges a flat battery in eight hours.
A public fast charge system, meanwhile, will charge the car to 80 per cent in 35 minutes.
Volkswagen says there are ‘considerable savings’ to be made for customers ‘whose driving habits suit an electric vehicle’.
It says that the e-Golf can cost as little as €1.27/100km, compared to €5.77 for the equivalent 1.6 diesel Golf, or €7.80 for the 1.2 TSI petrol Golf.
An optional range extending heat pump (€1,004) is also available, which can extend the car’s range in cold weather by up to 20 per cent.
In Ireland, the e-Golf is available as a five door only, in an enhanced Comfortline trim.
This includes two-Zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, Discover Pro SatNav with an 8inch colour touchscreen and e-specific Astanta alloy wheels.
A one year subscription to Volkswagen’s Car-Net smartphone app is also included in the price. This will be available for Android or iOS (iPhone) from the end of the year and allows some functions, such as charging, heating or cooling, to be operated remotely.
The new Volkswagen e-Golf is available for test drive now from Frank Keane Volkswagen, Long Mile Road, Dublin 12.
Prices start from €32,660, which includes the €5,000 SEAI Grant and the €5,000 VRT Rebate.