2011 Volkswagen
Golf
vs. 2012 Fiat
500 Pop

2011 Volkswagen Golf

9.9

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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Better suspension
Independent
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Cramped front seats
51.3 ft3
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Average-sized back seats
41.8 ft3
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OK performance
17.5 lb/hp
2012 Fiat 500 Pop

9.6

Runner-up

Fiat 500 Pop

starting from

$16,000

Reasons to buy the Fiat 500 Pop

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Good city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.2
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 500 Pop
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 51.3 ft3 vs 45.3 ft3
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
  • A single tank lasts around 20% longer, 479 miles vs 399 miles
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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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
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg vs 23 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • The Golf 's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.5 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp
  • Around 70% more powerful, 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Entertainment System 9.9 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 speed-sensitive volume
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.6

Safety Features

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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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 6 The 500 Pop has a good number of airbags, but the Golf is just OK (missing Knee)
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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 500 Pop
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Golf has the usual number of seats, while the 500 Pop has very few
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Highway driving range 479 miles vs 399 miles The Golf has OK highway range, but the 500 Pop is very limited
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Cargo space 15.0 ft3 vs 9.5 ft3 The Golf has OK cargo room, while the 500 Pop has very little
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 45.3 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 3 vs 5 The 500 Pop has a good number of cupholders, but the Golf is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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MSRP $18,765 vs $16,000 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 30 mpg The 500 Pop has great city mileage and the Golf is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The 500 Pop'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 500 Pop's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Golf 's is very short

Performance

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 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 17.5 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp The Golf has OK performance while the 500 Pop 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 30.6 ft The 500 Pop can make tight turns, and the Golf is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Number of speakers 8 vs 6 The Golf has an OK number of speakers, while the 500 Pop has very few
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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 Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the 500 Pop, 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

Luxury Features

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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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 Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Volkswagen
Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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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
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs 9.7 seconds The Golf 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 500 Pop is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs 131 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 17.2 s @ 78 mph The Golf 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the 500 Pop's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.85 g
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Top speed 125 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 MINI Cooper Golf TDI vs Cooper
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Honda Fit Sport Golf vs Fit Sport
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Golf TDI vs Tiguan SE
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 Toyota Prius Four Golf TDI vs Prius Four
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Toyota Corolla Golf vs Corolla
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 MINI Cooper 500 Pop vs Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle 500 Pop vs New Beetle
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Honda Fit 500 Pop vs Fit
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Toyota Yaris 500 Pop vs Yaris
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Kia Soul 500 Pop vs Soul

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