2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Ford Focus
2016 Volkswagen Golf 2016 Ford Focus
25/37 MPG 26/36
22.8/52.7 cu. ft. Cargo Space 23.3/ 43.9 cu. ft.
93.5 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 90 cu. ft.
170hp Horsepower 160hp
184 lb-ft Torque 146 lb-ft

2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Ford Focus

2016 Volkswagen Golf Dashboard

When it comes to practical vehicles, few body styles fit the bill better than the hatchback. Their compact size makes them easy to park and maneuver, while still offering impressive cargo capacity. With more and more models hitting the market with hatchback options, the hardest decision may be picking the right one. Comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Golf vs 2016 Ford Focus, some of the things most customers consider is value and performance. The Focus comes with a price tag that falls just under the cost of the Golf, which makes it an appealing choice, but the Golf earns higher praise from reviewers.

Price alone isn’t enough to be a deciding factor, as there are many inexpensive vehicles that feel stripped down and uncomfortable. Both the Golf and the Focus offer comfortable rides and are easy to maneuver, but the Volkswagen Golf has a more powerful turbocharged engine. Though the difference is only 10 horsepower, it also boasts 38 more pound-feet of torque, and the results can be felt. The Focus has been noticeably poor when it comes to acceleration, and its available turbocharged engine, while extraordinarily efficient, is considered severely under powered.

Which hatchback is right for you?

Of course, when we compare the 2016 Volkswagen Golf to the 2016 Ford Focus, we’re looking specifically at the Ford SE hatchback option, as it would be entirely unfair to compare cargo specs and pricing when looking at the Ford sedan. With this said, the performance of the Golf is typically enough to convince most shoppers, but there are a few other reasons Volkswagen is preferred. One is its spaciousness. The extra room in the interior, 3.5 cubic feet, may not sound like much, but it doesn’t go unnoticed, and the maximum cargo capacity is significantly higher than what is found in the Ford Focus.

As far as standard features are concerned, the two models are well-matched, both coming with cruise control, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks and leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheels. This year the Volkswagen Golf has received an updated infotainment system which offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink integration, whereas the Focus SE comes with the most basic SYNC system with SYNC 3, which does not offer the same smartphone compatibility, available as an upgrade.

Between better technology, performance and interior space, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf has much to offer drivers. See if it’s the right hatchback for you when you stop by New Century Volkswagen.

2016 Volkswagen Golf Design