Compare 2021 Toyota Corolla vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Toyota Corolla
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APEX SE CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corolla APEX SE CVT 31 40 $23,306 $25,170
Corolla APEX SE Manual 29 36 $23,667 $25,560
Corolla APEX XSE CVT 31 38 $26,214 $28,310
Corolla Hybrid LE CVT 53 52 $21,851 $23,600
Corolla L CVT 30 38 $18,923 $20,025
Corolla LE CVT 30 38 $18,958 $20,475
Corolla Nightshade CVT 31 40 $21,459 $23,175
Corolla SE CVT 31 40 $20,810 $22,475
Corolla SE Manual 29 36 $21,459 $23,175
Corolla XLE CVT 29 37 $22,615 $24,425
Corolla XSE CVT 31 38 $24,005 $25,925
Corolla Hatchback Nightshade CVT N/A N/A $21,033 $22,715
Corolla Hatchback SE CVT N/A N/A $20,198 $21,815
Corolla Hatchback SE Manual N/A N/A $19,180 $20,715
Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT N/A N/A $22,930 $24,765
Corolla Hatchback XSE Manual 28 37 $21,911 $23,665
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1.4T TSI Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T TSI Automatic 29 36 $23,035 $23,995
Golf 1.4T TSI Manual 29 39 $22,267 $23,195
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $36,235 $37,745
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 23 30 $35,467 $36,945
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $28,315 $29,495
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 23 30 $27,547 $28,695
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $32,127 $33,465
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 23 30 $31,358 $32,665
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,306
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,170
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$420 / month
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet. The 2021 VW Golf TSI compels shoppers for its overall value, but the GTI is a hole in one.
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Fuel Economy
City
31 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.6 93.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.7 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
34.8 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
51.3 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 167.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 17.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 53.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/40VR18 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
AS NA
Front Tire Size
P225/40VR18 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
AS NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3110 3012
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
151 @ 4400 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6600 147 @ 5000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
31 29
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.38 5.07
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
0.45 1.95
Trans Type
10 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.79 3.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.24 2.97
Trans Order Code
NA M8
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.14 4.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic/CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Corolla Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.8 5.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
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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2021 Toyota Corolla
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2021 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2021 Golf is the final model year
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  • Financing: From 0% APR for 36 months
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