2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Ford Focus ST

When you think of high-performing vehicles, the hatchback segment may not come to mind first. If that’s the case, you may want to change your way of thinking because there are a few track ready hatchbacks on the market that you don’t want to miss out on. Two of the more popular of these hatchback options are the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. Both of these models have established themselves as leaders of their class through top performance, impressive efficiency, and a wide range of premium features. So, which vehicle should you choose? Let’s take a look at the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Ford Focus ST to find out.

To begin, we’ll first look at a similarities between the Golf GTI and Focus ST. Both have a very similar look: a hatchback with a sporty design and amped up styling that makes drivers looking for a track-ready car feel right at home. The Focus ST has more of a curvy body while the Golf ST is more rugged, but both look very much alike. Add in stylized 18-inch wheels, meticulously crafted interiors, and adrenaline-inducing accents, and you’ve got two good looking vehicles anyone looking for a high-octane driving experience will love. Speaking of, both vehicles are ready to hit the fast lane with powerful 4-cylinder engines too.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI VS 2016 Ford Focus ST
2-door, 2 trims or 4-door, 3 trims Models and Trim Levels 4-door, 1 trim
220-hp, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Engine 252-hp, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder
25 city / 34 highway Fuel Economy (mpg) 22 city / 31 highway
93 cu. ft. / 52.7 cu. ft. Passenger Space / Maximum Cargo Space 91 cu. ft. / 44.8 cu. ft.

Comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI and 2016 Ford Focus ST

As for the differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI and 2016 Ford Focus ST, this is where we can see one vehicle pull ahead in this matchup. Yes we’re talking about the Golf GTI. First of all, the Golf GTI has both better city and highway fuel economy ratings, meaning you’ll save money at the pump over the Focus ST. There is also more passenger space and more overall cargo space in the Golf GTI than in the Focus ST, which means more versatility.

The biggest way the 2016 Golf GTI and 2016 Focus ST differ, however, is the in equipment and technology they offer. It’s not surprising that the Volkswagen Golf GTI has more available than the Ford Focus ST since VW’s hatchback has quite a few more trim options available than the single Focus ST option. The Golf GTI has App-Connect to go along with its new infotainment system, which has functionality for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. While the Focus ST has Ford’s SYNC 3 system available, it pales in comparison to the connectivity you get with App-Connect.

There is also an impressive Driver Assistance package available for the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI, which has a lot of incredible high-tech systems to keep you safe on the road. The 2016 Ford Focus ST has no such option available at all. Other features available for the Golf GTI that can’t be found in the Focus ST include rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Fender Premium Audio System, leather seating, and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-Lighting System. With so many more offerings to go along with its superior efficiency and versatility, it’s the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI that comes out as the winner over the 2016 Ford Focus ST in this contest. For more information about the new Golf GTI, contact our staff here at Donaldsons Volkswagen.

2016 VW Golf GTI exterior styling
2016 VW Golf GTI interior features and technology
2016 Ford Focus ST exterior styling
2016 Ford Focus ST interior features and technology

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