Compare 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

2018 Ford Focus
2018 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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1.8T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $21,129 $22,010
Golf 1.8T S Manual 25 34 $20,073 $20,910
Golf 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $23,765 $24,755
Golf 1.8T SE Manual 25 34 $22,709 $23,655
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S DSG 22 30 $25,973 $27,055
Golf Alltrack 1.8T S Manual 21 30 $24,918 $25,955
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE DSG 22 30 $29,630 $30,865
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SE Manual 21 30 $28,574 $29,765
Golf Alltrack 1.8T SEL DSG 22 30 $34,234 $35,660
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $34,723 $36,170
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 25 33 $33,667 $35,070
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $26,414 $27,515
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 25 33 $25,357 $26,415
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $30,308 $31,570
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 25 33 $29,252 $30,470
Golf R 2.0T DSG w/DCC/Nav 22 29 $39,250 $40,885
Golf R 2.0T Manual w/DCC/Nav 21 29 $38,193 $39,785
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 24 33 $21,874 $22,785
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Automatic 4MOTION 22 29 $24,033 $25,035
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 25 34 $20,818 $21,685
Golf SportWagen 1.8T S Manual 4MOTION 22 31 $22,977 $23,935
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SE Automatic 24 33 $26,227 $27,320
Golf SportWagen 1.8T SEL Automatic 24 33 $29,035 $30,245
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,810
$21,129
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,120
$22,010
Monthly Payment Estimate
$485 / month
$367 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
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. There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 38.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 61
Length, Overall (in)
172.9 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 58.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 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
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50HR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3640 3023
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 15 X 6
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 199 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
143 170 @ 4500
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection
Displacement
- 1.8 L/110
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
107 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
96 -
Battery Range (mi)
115 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
118 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 33
Transmission
Trans Order Code
44H NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
7.82 3.87
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.14
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 4.46
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.56
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.85
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.51
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 13.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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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