2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Ford Focus

Few new vehicle options are as practical as a compact hatchback. With all the fuel efficiency and simplicity of a small sedan plus the advantage of versatile cargo space, a compact hatch like the 2016 Volkswagen Golf or 2016 Ford Focus hatchback can tackle anything, from your daily commute to weekend sports tournaments. Ideal as a family vehicle, yet stylish and engaging enough for any driver's tastes, a modern hatchback checks all the boxes.

While remaining one of Volkswagen's strongest offerings, the Golf adds lots of tech features for 2016, making it even more attractive to today's buyers. The Golf also adds a newly-standard, turbocharged, 170-horsepower engine that's thrifty with fuel. The Ford Focus updates its tech for 2016, and the line's optional EcoBoost engine adds an available six-speed automatic transmission, which may enhance its appeal.

2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Ford Focus
1.8L Turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.0L 4-cylinder
170 Horsepower 160
199 lb-ft Torque 146 lb-ft
52.7 cu. ft. Max. Cargo Capacity 44.8 cu. ft.

For a practical and engaging small car option, the Ford Focus is a critic and consumer favorite. Available as a sedan or hatchback, this compact staple has consistently offered affordable and convenient transportation in successive model years. If you're comparing hatchbacks, you'll be looking at the Focus SE trim, which features standard 16-inch wheels, automatic headlamps, cruise control, rear air vents, six speakers, A/C, a 60/40-split rear seat, a 4.2-inch center screen with a rearview camera, voice controls, Bluetooth, a CD player and a USB port. Also standard is Ford's MyKey, which limits vehicle functions for teenage drivers. Steering control is a top strength of the Focus, but we find the 2016 Golf more exciting behind the wheel overall.

With 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, the 2016 VW Golf offers a high value proposition to those who crave excitement in the drivers seat. It's also the segment leader when it comes to cargo space, with a maximum of 52.7 cubes to play around with. Standard Golf equipment includes: a two-door body style, 15-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, A/C, full power accessories, cruise control, a 60/40-split rear seat, a cooled glovebox, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen, eight speakers, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

For a more premium feel (at a lower starting price than the Focus hatch), test drive the 2016 Golf at J. Bertolet today. You can also continue your small car research by clicking on a model below.

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