North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Volkswagen Golf Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Volkswagen Golf

Safety Comparison

Both the Fiesta and the Golf SportWagen have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen:

 

Fiesta

Golf SportWagen

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

148

286

Neck Injury Risk

25%

34%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

336 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

61 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

210 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen:

 

Fiesta

Golf SportWagen

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

185

Chest Movement

1.2 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

217 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

307

368

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

HIC

180

274

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Golf SportWagen FWD Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 25 city/35 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta gets better fuel mileage than the Golf SportWagen FWD:

 

 

Fiesta

Golf SportWagen

 

 

1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

27 city/35 hwy

25 city/35 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/37 hwy

25 city/34 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Golf SportWagen:

 

Fiesta

Golf SportWagen

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

117 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Golf SportWagen S’ standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback handles at .83 G’s, while the Golf SportWagen S pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Golf SportWagen’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 750 pounds less than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 1 foot, 7.9 inches shorter than the Golf SportWagen, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Golf SportWagen is rated a Small Station Wagon.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Golf SportWagen isn’t in the top three.

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