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2020 BMW 230 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf Review

Picture of the 2020 BMW 230

2020 BMW
230

MSRP*: $35,300 to $37,300
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2021 Volkswagen
Golf

MSRP*: $23,195
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Invoice* $33,330 to $35,190 $22,267
MPG - City 21 - 24 MPG 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 32 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.8 ft3 53.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 248 hp 147 hp
Exterior Length 174.7 in 167.6 in
Exterior Width 69.8 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 33.0 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 36.5 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Golf than the BMW 230, due to its greater head- and legroom. The BMW 230 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf.

Convenience
The Volkswagen Golf requires fewer visits to the gas station than the BMW 230, making it more convenient to drive.

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). The BMW 230 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Volkswagen Golf, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW 230 and the Volkswagen Golf have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The BMW 230 is a little narrower than the Volkswagen Golf, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the BMW 230, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Golf.

Handling
The BMW 230 has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Golf, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW 230 has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Golf. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the BMW 230 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf.

Utility
The BMW 230 has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf, making the Volkswagen Golf the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW 230 has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The BMW 230 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf.