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2016 smart fortwo vs. 2016 Volkswagen Golf Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf, the smart fortwo may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Golf you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the smart fortwo, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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 smart fortwo 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. In this case, the smart fortwo will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Volkswagen Golf.

Dimensions
Since the smart fortwo 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 smart fortwo, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Golf.

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

Handling
The smart fortwo has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the smart fortwo is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
Those who have to chauffeur around a lot of people should beware, the smart fortwo seats a lot fewer people than the Volkswagen Golf. The smart fortwo has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the smart fortwo than that of the Volkswagen Golf.

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2016 smart
fortwo

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MSRP*: $14,650 - $18,480

2016 Volkswagen
Golf

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MSRP*: $18,495 - $27,425
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,500 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 4.82%
City MPG: 32 25
Highway MPG: 39 36 - 37
Engine(s): I-3 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 2 - 2 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $13,625 - $17,186 $17,755 - $26,328

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.