Compare 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback vs 2012 Volkswagen Golf

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2012 Volkswagen Golf
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5-Door Sportback FWD ES
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Sportback FWD ES 24 32 $17,618 $18,395
5-Door Sportback FWD GT 22 29 $20,444 $21,345
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,618
$17,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,395
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$307 / month
$300 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.9 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.5 93
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.4 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
180.4 165.4
Height, Overall (in)
59.3 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.6 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
13.8 15.0
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
8.0 x - TBD - 10.2 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.0 NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.09 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.9 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.8 35.7
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
T145/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3021 2968
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 140
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
145 @ 4200 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
4B11 NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.41 3.65
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously variable ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.52 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.36
Trans Type
1 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
5 Door Hatchback 2 Door HB
Vehicle Name
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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