2011 Toyota
Corolla
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Golf

2011 Volkswagen Golf

10.0

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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Power windows
Standard
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OK brakes
Disc
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Power locks
Standard
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Keyless entry
Standard
2011 Toyota Corolla

9.1

Runner-up

Toyota Corolla

starting from

$16,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Plenty of cupholders
8
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Has speed-sensitive volume
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Golf ; not available on the Corolla
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • The Golf 's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.5 lb/hp vs 20.7 lb/hp
  • Around 30% more powerful, 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla has 5 more cupholders, 8 vs 3
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • The Golf has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 9.1 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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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 Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Golf ; not available on the Corolla
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 20.7 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp The Golf has OK performance while the Corolla 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 35.4 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 479 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 12.3 ft3 vs 15.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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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 8 vs 3 The Corolla has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 3 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Number of speakers 4 vs 8 The Golf has an OK number of speakers, while the Corolla has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Corolla '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

Cost

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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MSRP $16,660 vs $18,765 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 23 mpg The Corolla has great city mileage and the Golf is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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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 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Golf has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 8.6 seconds The Golf 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 131 ft The Golf 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 83 mph vs 16.6 s @ 86 mph The Golf 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Corolla 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs 125 mph Both have a very low top speed

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2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 MINI Cooper Golf TDI vs Cooper
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Golf TDI vs Tiguan SE
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Toyota Matrix Golf vs Matrix
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 Toyota Yaris Golf TDI vs Yaris
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Mazda 2 Touring Golf vs 2 Touring

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