Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 Volkswagen Golf Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 Volkswagen Golf

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen Golf doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Golf doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Focus and the Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Volkswagen Golf:

 

Focus

Golf

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

454

Neck Injury Risk

31.3%

33%

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

352 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Volkswagen Golf:

 

Focus

Golf

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

247

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

834 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Golf (automatics tested):

 

Focus

Golf

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Golf:

 

 

Focus

Golf

 

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Manual

30 city/40 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/38 hwy

25 city/35 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SEL/Titanium Auto 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Golf TSI Auto (26 city/36 hwy vs. 25 city/35 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Focus 1.0 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Golf doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Golf doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Golf:

 

Focus

Golf

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf (215/50R17 vs. 205/55R16).

The Focus’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Golf Wolfsburg’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus offers optional 17-inch wheels. The Golf’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Golf, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Focus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Golf’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Focus’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Golf doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Golf Wolfsburg pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Focus uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Golf doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Golf S:

 

Focus

Golf

At idle

37 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus Hatchback has a larger cargo area than the Golf with its rear seat up (23.3 vs. 22.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Focus automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Golf doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior PIN entry system. The Golf doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Focus has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Golf has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Wolfsburg.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Focus Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Golf doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Focus’ optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus’ optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Golf doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Focus SEL/Titanium’s standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Golf doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

The Focus SEL/Titanium’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Golf doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Focus is less expensive to operate than the Golf because it costs $207 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Focus than the Golf, including $215 less for a water pump, $145 less for an alternator, $32 less for front brake pads, $264 less for a starter and $293 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 16 years. The Golf has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Focus outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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