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2014 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2015 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. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf, the Chevrolet Sonic may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

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). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Sonic is clearly a better financial choice over 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. If you go with the Chevrolet Sonic, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Golf.

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. The Chevrolet Sonic has less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Golf, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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

2015 Volkswagen
Golf

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MSRP*: $17,995 - $27,995
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 2.99%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 25 - 27 --
Highway MPG: 33 - 35 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $14,401 - $20,530 $17,455 - $26,875

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

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