2011 Lexus
CT 200h
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Golf

2011 Lexus CT 200h

9.7

Winner

Lexus CT 200h

starting from

$29,995
"Driver-friendly cabin with superb ergonomics."
edmunds.com | talking about the CT's interior quality
"Sporty handling."
edmunds.com | talking about the CT's handling

Reasons to buy the Lexus CT 200h

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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
43 mpg
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fantastic range in the city
512 miles
2011 Volkswagen Golf

9.4

Runner-up

Volkswagen Golf

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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Average number of gears
5
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Power outlets
Standard
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OK performance
17.5 lb/hp
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • The Golf has 1 more cupholder, 3 vs 2
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Gets around 90% more miles per gallon in the city, 43 mpg vs 23 mpg
  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Overall 9.4 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the CT 200h's power seats; not available on the Golf
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 478 miles vs 476 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 15.0 ft3 vs 14.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 49.7 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Golf 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the CT 200h
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Golf 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CT 200h
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 3 vs 2 The Golf has an OK number of cupholders while the CT 200h has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
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CT 200h
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MSRP $18,765 vs $29,995 The Golf has a great price and the CT 200h is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 43 mpg The CT 200h gets great city mileage, and the Golf gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The CT 200h's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Golf 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The CT 200h's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Golf 's is very short

Safety Features

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 7 The CT 200h has great airbag coverage, whereas the Golf is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Golf ; optional upgrade on the CT 200h
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Roadside assistance system None vs SafetyConnect

Entertainment System

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Number of speakers 8 vs 6 The Golf has an OK number of speakers, while the CT 200h has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The CT 200h's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Golf does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs 10.5 seconds The Golf 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CT 200h is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 78.0 mph mph The Golf 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the CT 200h's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.85 g
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Top speed 125 mph vs 111 mph Both have a very low top speed

Performance

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs Continuously variable The Golf has an OK number of gears, while the CT 200h has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The CT 200h's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.5 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp The Golf has OK performance while the CT 200h gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.7 ft vs Unknown

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2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Golf vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
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