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2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in vs. 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Review

Comparison Review


Comfort
The Toyota Prius Plug-in offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Volkswagen Golf R with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Volkswagen Golf R in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Toyota Prius Plug-in you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Golf R, due to its larger tank size and better 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Toyota Prius Plug-in will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Golf R. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Volkswagen Golf R have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota Prius Plug-in is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Golf R, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Toyota Prius Plug-in, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf R.

Drivetrain
The Toyota Prius Plug-in has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf R, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Toyota Prius Plug-in has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf R, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Toyota Prius Plug-in is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf R. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Volkswagen Golf R.

Warranty
The Toyota Prius Plug-in comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf R.

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2014 Toyota
Prius Plug-in

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MSRP*: $29,990 - $34,905
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2013 Volkswagen
Golf R

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MSRP*: $34,195 - $34,795
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Cash Back Rebate: Up to $4,000 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 0.02% --
City MPG: 51 19
Highway MPG: 49 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $28,791 - $33,509 $32,827 - $33,403

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