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4dr HB S
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  • 4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SL
4dr HB Man Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man Driver's Edition PZEV
  • 4dr HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV
4dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 4dr HB w/Range Extender

Prices

MSRP $28,800 $25,095 $41,350
Invoice $26,986 $24,091 $38,040
Avg. Paid N/A $23,983 $41,785

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.6 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.1 9.3 8.7
Performance 7.8 8.9 8.6
Interior 7.5 9.1 8.0
Safety 9.0 9.7 N/A
Reliability 3.0 2.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Accelerates, brakes and handles like a normal car
  • High-quality interior
  • Spacious front and rear seats
  • Good cargo space
  • Great all-around performance
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • Funky interior design
  • Fun driving dynamics
Cons
  • Limited battery range
  • Sluggish navigation system with small screen
  • Some mediocre interior materials

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121 Electric
MPG N/A 21 City / 31 Hwy N/A

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 101.5 101
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 165.9 157
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 70 70
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 57.8 62

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3256 3113 2799

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Standard
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 92.4 92.9
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 39.3 39.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 41.2 40.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 54.7 53.6
Front Hip Room (in) 51.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 38.5 37.2
Second Leg Room (in) 33.3 35.5 31.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 52.8 49.2
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 30.0 46 11.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard Optional
Heated Rear Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Electric Motor Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Electric
Displacement 2.0 L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 107 @ - TBD - 200 @ 5100 170
Torque (Net @ RPM) 187 @ - TBD - 207 @ 1700 184
Transmission Automatic Manual w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 34.1 35.8 32.3

Fuel

Electric Fuel System Standard Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 (Est)
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard