Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2016 Ford Fiesta VS 2016 Volkswagen Golf Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2016 Ford Fiesta

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2016 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.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 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’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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


Golf SportWagen

1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

28 city/36 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/37 hwy

25 city/35 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.

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 1.8T S’ standard 65 series tires.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Golf SportWagen, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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.

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 600 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.

The Fiesta Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fiesta won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen didn't win any award.

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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