2018 Ford Focus vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Comparison
2018 Ford Focus
Starting Price: $18,825 | Price Yours
Above Average: Sporty performance, fuel economy, styling
Below Average: Interior room, car can get pricey
Consensus: Driver-centric but highly practical
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Starting Price: $27,265 | Price Yours
Above Average: Sportiness, styling, and a significant Euro-inspired fun factor
Below Average: Rear-seat legroom, four-door hatchback layout is only choice
Consensus: An enthusiast’s cult classic that keeps getting better
A great driver even in base trim, the Ford Focus is one of the brand’s best sellers. Originally designed by Ford’s British and German design teams, it is now available in sedan and hatchback models and four trim levels, as well a wide variety of engines, plus an all-electric model. There's also the enthusiast-friendly Focus ST, an impressive piece of work that is only one-upped by the all-wheel-drive Focus RS, the new benchmark in high-performance compacts. Sporty, comfortable, and stylish are three buzzwords that apply to the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Fuel efficient and fun to drive are a couple of others. Its strong performance, impressive fuel economy and other pluses make this a 220-horsepower enthusiast’s pocket rocket from the moment you start it up. Available in S, SE and Autobahn trim levels there’s a choice of 6-speed manual or excellent 6-speed automatic DSG gearbox with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shift levers. Available driver assistance package, adaptive damping system and performance package which features a larger brake kit round out some of the offerings. For those who want even more power, VW fans can look to another hatch in the family: the 292-horsepower Golf R.
Ford Focus Advantages
Available in hatch and sedan body styles, and with a variety of engine choices, the Focus gives buyers more flexibility.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Advantages
A true cult classic, the Golf GTI is ready for a little Autobahn-burning right out of the box.
Two reliable, well-built hatches that are tops in the compact five-door hatchback field. Both appeal to slightly different customers with a full range of available models and options.
Both the 2018 Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf GTI will provide reliability and thrills from behind the wheel. Despite their similarities in layout and design, they might still appeal to two different palates. Too close to call, we would say the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI hit the line in a photo finish.
|2018 Ford Focus||2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI|
|Engine||2.0-liter 4-cyl||2.0-liter 4-cyl turbo|
|Horsepower||160 hp @ 6,500 rpm||220 hp @ 4,700 rpm|
|Torque||146 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 6-spd||Manual, 6-spd|
|Fuel Economy||31 mpg (27 city/40 hwy)||28 mpg (25 city/33 hwy)|
|Also Available||1.0L turbo 3-cyl, 2.0L turbo 4-cyl (ST), 2.3L turbo 4-cyl (RS), AWD, Manual 5-spd||170-hp (Golf), 292-hp 2.0L turbo I4 (Golf R), AWD, Automatic 6-spd DSG, Automatic 7-spd DSG|
|Warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||6 years or 72,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||104.3 inches||103.6 inches|
|Overall Length||171.6 inches||168.0 inches|
|Width||71.8 inches||70.8 inches|
|Height||57.7 inches||57.8 inches|
|Turning Diameter||36.0 feet||35.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.3 inches||38.4 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||37.9 inches||38.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||43.1 inches||41.2 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||33.2 inches||35.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.6 inches||55.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||52.6 inches||53.9 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||90.0 cu. ft.||93.5 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||23.3 cu. ft.||17.4 cu. ft.|