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An unparalleled range of “green” choices has earned VW’s redesigned Golf lineup top honors from an online resource for fuel-efficient cars. Green Car Reports recognized the 2015 family of compact hatchbacks for its selection of high mileage gas and diesel models, as well as the emissions-free eGolf, Volkswagen’s first all-electric vehicle. The gas models rate as much as 30 mpg city/highway combined and the diesels up to 36 combined. The eGolf rates the equivalent of 126 miles per gallon of gasoline.
On October 11, Volkswagen of America announced that the 2015 Volkswagen Golf family received the “Best Car to Buy” award from Green Car Reports. The highly coveted award comes from an online consumer resource for fuel-efficient automobiles. Green Car Reports mentioned the TDI Clean Diesel, TSI models, and the all-electric e-Golf as the forerunners of the Volkswagen Golf family. The Golf family won the award by beating out four other competititors
Why the Golf Family Won the Award
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Clean Diesel gets 30 miles per gallon city and 45 miles per gallon highway fuel economy. Volkswagen offers customers the option of operating the six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The TSI Golf models operate on the recently designed 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct injection four-cylinder engine. Fuel economy for Golf TSI models average 25 miles per gallon during city driving and nearly 40 miles per gallon on the open highway. Volkswagen enhances the aerodynamic exterior design for every TSI trim, which reduces wind drag and improves fuel efficiency. Volkswagen’s first all-electric car produces no tailpipe emissions and operates on 100 percent electricity. The car achieves an incredible 126 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent over city roads.
Green Car Reports Weighs In
Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker issued a statement that coincided with the “Best Car to Buy” award announcement. “The range of green options in the 2015 Volkswagen Golf range is hard to beat,” said Voelcker. “With more fuel-efficient gasoline engines, a new TDI diesel option that comes close to real-world hybrid mileage levels, and the all-electric VW e-Golf, the 2015 Golf gives buyers a good-better-best menu of options for driving green.” Voelcker added that the editor team at Green Car Reports thoroughly reviewed dozens of green car candidates and found the 2015 Volkswagen Golf family of fuel-efficient vehicles worthy of receiving the “Best Car to Buy” award based on advanced technology, practical engine components, and minimal environmental impact.
Volkswagen offers the TDI Clean Diesel and TSI models throughout the United States. However, the all-electric member of the Volkswagen Golf family is currently available in only a few states that include California, Massachusetts, New York, and Oregon.