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2021 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf Review

Picture of the 2021 Chevrolet Spark

2021 Chevrolet
Spark

MSRP*: $13,600 to $18,100
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Volkswagen
Golf

MSRP*: $23,195
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Invoice* $13,178 to $17,539 $22,267
MPG - City 29 - 30 MPG 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 37 - 38 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 27.2 ft3 53.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Continuously Variable, Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 98 hp 147 hp
Exterior Length 143.1 in 167.6 in
Exterior Width 62.8 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 33.0 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 39.0 in
Rear 37.0 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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 Chevrolet Spark, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf, the Chevrolet Spark 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 Chevrolet Spark, 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 Chevrolet Spark 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 Spark and the Volkswagen Golf have similar Destination Charges.

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

Handling
The Chevrolet Spark has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

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

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

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

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Spark is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf.