2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

It seems many automakers have only just begun to discover what Volkswagen never quite forgot. The hatchback is awesome. It’s a practical, everyday commuter car, but one that doesn’t hold you back from those days that aren’t like all the others. Times when you decide to buy a new TV and can’t quite figure out how to get it home. Or when you decide to go camping. It used to be that your options were slim in this segment, but it has recently expanded. Now, you may be wondering if other options are better than the tried-and-true VW Golf. In comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, we think you’ll find that it’s hard for other automakers to compete against a brand that never stopped producing a hatchback.

2018 Volkswagen Golf


2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

$20,910 Starting MSRP $22,195
1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder
170hp/184 lb-ft of torque Performance 153hp/177 lb-ft of torque
22.8 cu. ft. Cargo Space 22.7 cu. ft.

More power, more cargo space in the 2018 VW Golf

When we think about hatchbacks, we don’t think of the underpowered vehicles you’re likely used to. If you’re familiar with the Chevrolet lineup, for example, the brand also offers the Spark and the Sonic, both of which are what you might term “city cars.” Ones marketed for urban environments because they are compact and easy to maneuver, but aren’t so great when it comes to achieving highway speeds.

Volkswagen has never offered that sort of car. What might surprise you is that the 2018 Chevy Cruze Hatchback is more expensive than the 2018 VW Golf. For a brand that somewhat earns its popularity for being affordable, in this case it isn’t. This might lead you to think it’s better in some key way, but the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is powered by a weaker engine and has less cargo space. With all seats upright, the models might seem almost identical in rear space, but when rear seats are folded flat the Golf offers up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2018 Chevy Cruze has a maximum cargo space of just 47.2 cubic feet.

It’s immediately clear that the 2018 Volkswagen Golf offers all that is expected and sought after in a hatchback. From there, you’ll note that both models offer basic essentials like cruise control, manual air conditioning, power windows and locks, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a rearview camera system.

Find out if the 2018 Volkswagen Golf is the right choice for you when you stop by New Century Volkswagen for a test drive.