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
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
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- 52.7
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 104.3
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
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
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 (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Short And Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Short And Long Arm
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
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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