Compare 2015 Lexus ES 350 vs 2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 Lexus ES 350
2015 Volkswagen Golf
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 21 31 $35,314 $37,700
4-Door Sedan Crafted Line 21 31 $37,950 $40,440
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2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition 25 37 $17,455 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,523 $19,295
2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,579 $20,395
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,155 $20,995
4-Door HB Manual TSI S w/Sunroof 25 37 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 $21,451 $22,345
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,499 $22,395
4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $23,899 $24,895
4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 $24,859 $25,895
4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 $25,915 $26,995
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,299 $27,395
4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 $27,259 $28,395
4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 $28,315 $29,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,314
$17,455
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,700
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$628 / month
$300 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Lexus ES is the one of the best luxury cars for those who still have practical considerations like back-seat space and ride comfort; and the 300h Hybrid model is quite the counterpoint to much more expensive 'green luxury' models. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.1 93.5
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.8 -
Second Leg Room (in)
40 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.5 38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.8 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
192.7 167.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
111 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 61
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 22.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 52.7
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.7
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3549 2901
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 15 X 6
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4700 200 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/211 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6200 170 @ 4500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 30
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.27
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.15 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.87
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.78
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus ES 350 Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Strut Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Strut Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6.0 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.4 5.9 (Est)
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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