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2013 smart fortwo electric drive vs. 2014 Volkswagen GTI Review

Comparison Review


Comfort
As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the smart fortwo electric drive and the Volkswagen GTI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen GTI you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the smart fortwo electric drive, 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). Whether you pick the smart fortwo electric drive or the Volkswagen GTI, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 electric drive will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Volkswagen GTI.

Dimensions
Since the smart fortwo electric drive is much slimmer than the Volkswagen GTI, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the smart fortwo electric drive, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen GTI.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the smart fortwo electric drive is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen GTI. 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 electric drive seats a lot fewer people than the Volkswagen GTI. The smart fortwo electric drive has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen GTI, 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 electric drive than that of the Volkswagen GTI.


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2013 smart
fortwo electric drive

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MSRP*: $25,000
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2014 Volkswagen
GTI

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MSRP*: $25,095 - $29,695
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Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $250
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 122 21
Highway MPG: 93 --
Engine(s): 74-hp, (electric) Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 2 - 2 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Safety Rating: Front
IIHS Safety Information Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.
Not Tested Good
Safety Rating: Side
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Not Tested Good
Safety Rating: Rear
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Not Tested Good
Invoice*: $23,250 $24,091 - $28,507

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