Compare 2018 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

2018 Volkswagen Beetle
2018 Volkswagen Golf
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Coast Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle Coast Automatic 26 33 $22,194 $23,120
Beetle Dune Automatic 26 34 $25,719 $26,790
Beetle S Automatic 26 33 $19,411 $20,220
Beetle SE Automatic 26 33 $23,058 $24,020
Beetle Convertible Coast Automatic 26 33 $25,766 $26,840
Beetle Convertible Dune Automatic 26 34 $30,807 $32,090
Beetle Convertible S Automatic 26 33 $24,422 $25,440
Beetle Convertible SE Automatic 26 33 $26,917 $28,040
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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

$22,194
$21,129

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$23,120
$22,010

Monthly Payment Estimate

$385 / month
$367 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.5
6.5

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t stopped it yet, has it? 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

26 mpg 24 mpg

Highway

33 mpg 33 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

85.1 93.5

Front Leg Room (in)

41.3 41.2

Second Head Room (in)

37.1 38.1

Passenger Capacity

4 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

49 53.9

Front Head Room (in)

39.4 38.4

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.3 55.9

Second Leg Room (in)

31.4 35.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.1 59.8

Wheelbase (in)

100.1 103.8

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.9 70.8

Track Width, Front (in)

62.2 61

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.7 5.4

Length, Overall (in)

168.8 167.6

Height, Overall (in)

58.6 58.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

15.4 17.4

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

29.9 53.7

Brakes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10 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)

11.3 11.3

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14.5 13.2

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.4 35.8

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/55HR17 P195/65HR15

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/55HR17 P195/65HR15

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3020 3023

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 15 X 6

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 15 X 6

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

330 480

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

140 140

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

184 @ 1500 199 @ 1600

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0 L/121 1.8 L/110

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

174 @ 5000 170 @ 4500

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

29 28

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

33 33

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

26 24

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.46 4.46

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.23 3.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.56 1.56

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.85 0.85

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.19 3.19

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.51 2.51

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.14 1.14

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.67 0.67

Summary

Vehicle Name

Volkswagen Beetle Volkswagen Golf

Body Style

Hatchback 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

6.1 6.3

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

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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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