2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs Volkswagen Golf Comparison



2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf

2017 Volkswagen Beetle

Engine:  

1.8 L I4

 

Horsepower:  

170 hp

 

Torque:  

184 lb-ft

 

Fuel Economy:  

24 city / 33 hwy mpg *

 

Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Volkswagen Golf

Engine:  

1.8 L I4

 

Horsepower:  

170 hp

 

Torque:  

199 lb-ft

 

Fuel Economy:  

25 city / 35 hwy mpg *

 

Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf

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Volkswagen fans looking for a small car have two excellent options to choose from: the subcompact Beetle and the compact Golf. Read on to learn more about the similarities and differences between the 2017 models of these VWs to help determine which car is right for you.

Performance *

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, earning an EPA-estimated 24/33 city/highway miles per gallon. If you value performance, you can opt for the Beetle G, which is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower and paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with a 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission (six-speed automatic is optional). This combination gets 25/35 city/highway miles per gallon. Like the Beetle, the Golf has a performance oriented trim, the Golf R. That model is powered by a 292-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission; a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available.

Appearance

While both the 2017 Beetle and Golf are hatchbacks, the Beetle seats four while the Golf boasts seating for five. The Beetle is also available in a convertible version. With the Beetle, you’ll have 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space, or 29.9 cubic feet when you fold the backseats. The Golf offers some of the most expansive cargo space of any compact car: 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This is complemented by the Golf’s flat-load floor and 60/40 split-folding backseats.

When it comes to features, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle comes standard with a five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. In the 2017 Volkswagen Golf, the base model is equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB as well as both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You’ll also enjoy a rearview camera, HD and satellite radio, and the ability to safely read and respond to texts using voice commands.

Safety

Both the Volkswagen Golf and Beetle have earned a five-star overall crash-test rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. The Golf is also a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety (IIHS), while the Beetle received the top rating in four out of five IIHS crash test categories. In addition, the 2017 Golf is available with lane departure warning as well as blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.


If you want to take the 2017 Beetle, Golf, or both for a spin, we will be happy to help. Visit Volkswagen of Streetsboro today for your test drive.

* 2017 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.