Compare 2011 Volkswagen Golf vs 2012 Ford Focus

2011 Volkswagen Golf
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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 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,297 $23,225
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,930 $23,885
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,353 $24,325
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,986 $24,985
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,275
$15,635
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$16,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$275 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Volkswagen Golf has an upscale feel that's a notch above competitors; the TDI diesel gets exceptional, hybrid-like fuel economy. With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 53.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 43.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 90.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 178.5
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 71.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.2
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.5 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8.98 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 1.0 10.94 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 12.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 ft 36.0
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2968 2857
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 6.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 160 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 146 @ 4450
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 36
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus
Body Style
2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.93
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6.7 - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 6.2
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
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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