Comparison: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf

Comparison: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback vs 2017 Volkswagen Golf

A sporty hatchback is the perfect ride for drivers with a passion for the outdoors. You need a small car that can fit a bike, camping equipment, and anything else you need for weekend getaways, and fuel efficiency is always an eco-conscious consideration.

When comparing hatchback models, the 2017Chevrolet Cruze and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf are both great options that come loaded with features and get good gas mileage. In fact, you may be surprised at the similarities – and differences.

Richmond drivers are invited to come to our convenient Chester location and take a Chevy Cruze out for a test drive. But first, check out our one-to-one comparison:

Features

Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze hatchback comes in four trims: L, LS, LT, and Premier. The L model comes standard with Teen Driver technology, which lets you set speed and volume limits, as well as track young drivers’ performance on the road. It also has a rearview camera, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch screen, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth technology, and a rear folding seat. The LT adds heated exterior mirrors, Sirius XM Radio, 6-speaker audio system, steering wheel-mounted controls, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

With the Premier model, you or your teen driver will love leather-appointed seating, a heated steering wheel, keyless start, remote start, interior ambient lighting, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

Volkswagen Golf

The Golf comes in several models, but we’re sticking with the basic Golf here, which has the S and Wolfsburg trims. The Golf does not have an equivalent to Teen Driver technology, making it a less practical vehicle for someone with a new permit or license. Additionally, the Golf is not compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

The base S comes standard with Volkswagen Car-Net App Connect, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth tech, push-button start, and rearview camera. The Wolfsburg adds leather seating, heated front seats, and active driver assistance features.

Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Cruze

While the Cruze is not as powerful as the Golf, it does get considerably better gas mileage – another factor that makes it ideal for teens and college students. Its base engine – a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 with manual transmission – gets an EPA-estimated 29 MPG city and 41 MPG highway. Models with automatic transmission get 30 MPG city and 42 MPG highway.

Additionally, the Cruze has a diesel option. With manual transmission, it gets 30 MPG city and 52 MPG highway, and with automatic it gets 31 MPG city and 47 MPG highway.

Volkswagen Golf

Aside from the Golf’s hybrid engine (which, by the way, doesn’t hold a candle to the Chevy Volt), the best fuel mileage you’ll get is 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway with a manual transmission, and 25 MPG city and 35 MPG highway with an automatic. It’s all downhill from there, with some models only getting 22 MPG.

Pricing

Chevrolet Cruze

Starting at $16,975 MSRP

Volkswagen Golf

Starting at $18,895 MSRP

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