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2014 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2014 Volkswagen Golf Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Chevrolet Sonic than in the Volkswagen Golf, due to the Chevrolet Sonic's smaller rear head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Sonic and the Volkswagen Golf in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Sonic as you will with the Volkswagen Golf, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Chevrolet Sonic will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Golf. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Sonic and the Volkswagen Golf have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Sonic is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Golf, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Chevrolet Sonic is slightly shorter than the Volkswagen Golf, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Sonic has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Chevrolet Sonic has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Golf, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Chevrolet Sonic has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Sonic and the Volkswagen Golf. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Chevrolet Sonic as you will in the Volkswagen Golf.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Sonic comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf.


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2014 Chevrolet
Sonic

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MSRP*: $14,770 - $21,610

2014 Volkswagen
Golf

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MSRP*: $19,995 - $25,200
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $1,000
Low APR Loan: As low as 1.90% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 25 - 27 23 - 30
Highway MPG: 33 - 35 30 - 42
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, Inline-5
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety Rating: Front
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Safety Rating: Side
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Safety Rating: Rear
IIHS Safety Information

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Invoice*: $14,401 - $20,530 $19,195 - $24,192

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