Compare 2014 Ford Focus vs 2014 Volkswagen Golf

2014 Ford Focus
2014 Volkswagen Golf
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,843 $16,810
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $17,358 $18,615
Focus 4-Door Sedan Titanium 26 37 $21,975 $23,565
Focus 5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,824 $19,115
Focus 5-Door HB ST 23 32 $22,486 $24,115
Focus 5-Door HB Titanium 26 37 $22,441 $24,065
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4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV 24 32 $29,563 $30,795
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 24 32 $25,147 $26,195
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Driver's Edition PZEV 21 31 $28,507 $29,695
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg PZEV 21 31 $24,091 $25,095
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,843
$29,563
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,810
$30,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$280 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 92.9
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
38 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 101.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.4
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 165.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 46
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9 10.7
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 12.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake Type
Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P225/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P225/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2935 3160
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 5.5 18 X 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4450 207 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
992-1 NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 200 @ 5100
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 24
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 4.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.46
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.15
Trans Order Code
44Z NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.92
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Volkswagen GTI
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 6.7
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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