2011 Volkswagen
Golf
vs. 2012 Ford
Fiesta SE

2011 Volkswagen Golf

10.0

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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OK brakes
Disc
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Better suspension
Independent
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Average-sized back seats
41.8 ft3
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Average 0-60 time
8.6 seconds
2012 Ford Fiesta SE

10.0

starting from

$16,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SE

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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More cupholders
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Entertainment System 9.8 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
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
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
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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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
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very cramped front seats
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Entertainment System

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
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 Fiesta SE 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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Fiesta SE, 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

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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MSRP $16,295 vs $18,765 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 23 mpg The Fiesta SE 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

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
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

Luxury Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
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 Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 8.6 seconds The Golf 's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SE is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 131 ft The Golf 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s s @ 80.0 mph mph vs 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph The Golf 's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Fiesta SE's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
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 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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Horsepower 120 HP @ 5,000 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 21.5 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp The Golf has OK performance while the Fiesta SE 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 Unknown vs 35.7 ft

Practicality

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Fiesta SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 478 miles
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Cargo space Unknown vs 15.0 ft3
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front seats 50.3 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 6 vs 3 The Fiesta SE 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2011 MINI Cooper Golf TDI vs Cooper
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Golf vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Toyota Prius Four Golf vs Prius Four
2011 Volkswagen Golf 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Golf vs Passat TDI SEL Premium
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Ford Fusion SE Fiesta SE vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiesta SE vs 500 Pop
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Toyota Yaris Fiesta SE vs Yaris
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Honda Civic Si Fiesta SE vs Civic Si
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Fiesta SE vs Aveo LT

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