2011 Volkswagen
Golf
vs. 2012 BMW
135i

2012 BMW 135i

9.7

Winner

BMW 135i

starting from

$39,925
"A well-planted ride...Its demeanor communicates with the road beneath, transmitting each imperfection slightly to the driver's hands and backside."
motortrend.com | talking about the 1 Series's ride quality
"Engineers left its high-pitched voice all alone. It is not addicting and doesn't drone, yet it is healthy and stimulating."
motortrend.com | talking about the 1 Series's noise

Reasons to buy the BMW 135i

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Great braking distance from 60mph
105 ft
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.8 s @ 104 mph
2011 Volkswagen Golf

9.0

Runner-up

Volkswagen Golf

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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Power outlets
Standard
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Good highway fuel efficiency
33 mpg
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Average range on the highway
479 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.7
2012 BMW 135i Winner: 135i
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 135i's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 135i's power seats; not available on the Golf
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the 135i
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Golf ; optional upgrade on the 135i
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 BMW 135i Winner: 135i
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  • Like your tunes? In the 135i, you can upgrade to satellite radio
  • The 135i has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 8
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 BMW 135i Winner: 135i
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  • 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
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 135i's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the 135i'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 Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the 135i

Safety Features

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
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 Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Golf ; optional upgrade on the 135i
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs None

Entertainment System

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 The 135i has more speakers and the Golf is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the 135i, you can upgrade to 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

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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MSRP $39,925 vs $18,765 The Golf has a great price and the 135i is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 23 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The 135i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Golf 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The 135i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Golf 's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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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

Performance

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Horsepower 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM The 135i is fairly powerful, but the Golf is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 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 Twin turbocharger vs None The 135i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.2 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp The 135i is a sporty car, while the Golf is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The 135i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 35.7 ft

Practicality

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Golf has the usual number of seats, while the 135i has very few
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Highway driving range 392 miles vs 479 miles The Golf has OK highway range, but the 135i is very limited
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Cargo space 10.0 ft3 vs 15.0 ft3 The Golf has OK cargo room, while the 135i has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 51.3 ft3
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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 Not Available vs Standard The Golf 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 135i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The 135i offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Golf
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Cupholders 2 vs 3 The Golf has an OK number of cupholders while the 135i has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

BMW
135i
2012 BMW 135i
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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0-60 mph 5.2 seconds vs 8.6 seconds The 135i has a good 0-60 time, but the Golf is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 105 ft vs 131 ft The 135i has extraordinary brakes, but the Golf is just OK
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1/4 mile 13.8 s @ 104 mph vs 16.6 s @ 86 mph The 135i's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Golf 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.98 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs 125 mph The 135i can hit high speeds, but the Golf is below average for this class of vehicle

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2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Golf TDI vs Passat TDI SEL Premium
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Honda Fit Sport Golf vs Fit Sport
2012 BMW 128i 2011 MINI Cooper S 128i vs Cooper S
2012 BMW 135i 2011 Mazda 3 s Sport 135i vs 3 s Sport
2012 BMW 128i 2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T 128i vs GTI 2.0T
2012 BMW 135i 2011 Audi TT 135i vs TT
2012 BMW 135i 2011 Audi A4 Premium 135i vs A4 Premium

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