Compare 2018 Ford Focus vs 2019 Subaru WRX vs 2019 Volkswagen Golf

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Electric Hatch
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus Electric Hatch N/A N/A $27,810 $29,120
Focus RS Hatch 19 26 $39,270 $41,120
Focus S Sedan 25 34 $17,323 $17,950
Focus SE Hatch 26 38 $19,615 $20,540
Focus SE Sedan 30 40 $18,378 $19,245
Focus SEL Hatch 24 34 $21,077 $22,070
Focus SEL Sedan 24 34 $20,886 $21,870
Focus ST Hatch 22 30 $24,038 $25,170
Focus Titanium Hatch 24 34 $23,369 $24,470
Focus Titanium Sedan 24 34 $23,178 $24,270
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2.5T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
STI S209 2.5T 15 21 $60,073 $63,995
WRX Limited CVT 18 24 $31,640 $33,695
WRX Limited Manual 21 27 $29,893 $31,795
WRX Manual 21 27 $25,648 $27,195
WRX Premium CVT 18 24 $29,518 $31,395
WRX Premium Manual 21 27 $27,771 $29,495
WRX Premium Series.Gray Manual 21 27 $27,771 $29,495
WRX STI Limited Manual w/Lip Spoiler 17 22 $39,053 $41,395
WRX STI Limited Manual w/Wing Spoiler 17 22 $39,053 $41,395
WRX STI Manual 17 22 $34,587 $36,595
WRX STI Series.Gray Manual 17 22 $34,587 $36,595
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1.4T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T S Automatic 29 37 $22,027 $22,945
Golf 1.4T SE Automatic 29 37 $24,236 $25,245
Golf 1.4T SE Manual 29 37 $23,179 $24,145
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $26,875 $27,995
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S Manual 21 30 $25,819 $26,895
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $30,331 $31,595
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 21 30 $29,275 $30,495
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $34,651 $36,095
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL Manual 21 30 $33,595 $34,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 25 31 $35,611 $37,095
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 24 32 $34,555 $35,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Rabbit Edition DSG 25 31 $28,795 $29,995
Golf GTI 2.0T Rabbit Edition Manual 24 32 $27,739 $28,895
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 25 31 $27,547 $28,695
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 24 32 $26,492 $27,595
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 25 31 $31,579 $32,895
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 24 32 $30,523 $31,795
Golf R 2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 23 30 $39,835 $41,495
Golf R 2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,779 $40,395
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 29 $24,474 $25,495
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 31 $23,419 $24,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,810
$60,073
$22,027
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,120
$63,995
$22,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$485 / month
$1067 / month
$382 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
6.2
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks. The 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI trade eye-catching design for breathtaking performance on a variety of road surfaces. The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 15 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 21 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 35.4 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 39.8 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 96.6 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.6 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.1 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.2 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 43.3 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 52.1 -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 72.4 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 60.8 61
Length, Overall (in)
172.9 181.9 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 58.1 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 61.2 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 104.3 103.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 4.9 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
33.2 - 53.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.2 - 17.4
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 11.8 -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 12.8 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 13.4 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 40 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P265/35YR19 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P265/35YR19 P195/65HR15
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3640 3485 3023
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 9 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 9 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA Compact
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 330 @ 3600 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
143 341 @ 6400 147 @ 5000
Engine Type
Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement
- 2.5 L/150 1.4 L/85
Fuel System
- Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
96 - -
Battery Range (mi)
115 - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
118 - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
107 - -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 17 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 21 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 15 29
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
7.82 3.90 3.87
Trans Type
1 6 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
44H NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.76 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.64 5.07
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.52 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.97 1.23
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 3.54 4.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.23 2.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.14 1.47
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.81
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Subaru STI S209 Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Short And Long Arm Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Short And Long Arm Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 15.9 13.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 110 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - 480
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 10.5 5.5
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
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
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
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-
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2018 Ford Focus
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