2011 Volkswagen
Golf
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Passat TDI SEL Premium

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

9.8

starting from

$32,965

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium

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Fantastic range on the highway
796 miles
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Fantastic range in the city
574 miles
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
2011 Volkswagen Golf

8.3

Runner-up

Volkswagen Golf

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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OK performance
17.5 lb/hp
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Very inexpensive
$18,765
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Really underpowered
170 HP @ 5,700 RPM
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Comparable turning radius
35.7 ft
Luxury Features 6.6 vs 10.0
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Winner: Passat TDI SEL Premium
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Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • The best price we've seen is $14,200 cheaper (more than 40% less), $18,765 vs $32,965
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 8.3 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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Golf
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Passat TDI SEL Premium'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 Standard Leather comes standard on the Passat TDI SEL Premium; the Golf only offers cloth seats

Cost

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Golf
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MSRP $18,765 vs $32,965 The Golf has a great price and the Passat TDI SEL Premium is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 31 mpg The Passat TDI SEL Premium 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

Crash Test Ratings

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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

Road Tests

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Golf
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0-60 mph 8.6 seconds vs Unknown
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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 Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 125 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

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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 Unknown
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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 Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Passat TDI SEL Premium's semi-automatic transmission and the Golf 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Passat TDI SEL Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.5 lb/hp vs 24.3 lb/hp The Golf has OK performance while the Passat TDI SEL Premium 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 36.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 478 miles vs 796 miles The Passat TDI SEL Premium gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Golf gets OK distance
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Cargo space 15.0 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 53.5 ft3 The Passat TDI SEL Premium has average-sized front seats, while the Golf is very cramped
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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 Standard You won't find this in the Golf , but the Passat TDI SEL Premium's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 3 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Passat TDI SEL Premium; no amount of money can buy it on the Golf

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Volkswagen Golf 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Golf vs Jetta TDI
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 Ford Fiesta SE Golf vs Fiesta SE
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 BMW 328i Passat TDI SEL Premium vs 328i
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Passat TDI SEL Premium vs S60 T6 R-Design
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2012 Audi A3 Premium Passat TDI SEL Premium vs A3 Premium
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Passat TDI SEL Premium vs Jetta TDI

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