Compare 2014 Volkswagen Golf vs 2014 Ford Focus

2014 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Ford Focus
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4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,843 $16,810
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $17,358 $18,615
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,824 $19,115
4-Door Sedan Titanium 26 37 $21,975 $23,565
5-Door HB Titanium 26 37 $22,441 $24,065
5-Door HB ST 23 32 $22,486 $24,115
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
$15,843
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$16,810
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$280 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price. Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 53.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.9 90.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 33.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- 52.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 104.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 71.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 -
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 178.5
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 9
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 10.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 12.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 36
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P195/65HR15
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3102 2935
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 15 X 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 -
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 146 @ 4450
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/151 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 160 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 36
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA 44Z
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.04 3.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.87 3.82
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.45
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Short And Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Short And Long Arm
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 5.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
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
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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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