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2021 Dodge Challenger vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2021 Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge
Challenger

MSRP*: $28,870 to $59,570
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $36,945
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Invoice* $28,447 to $57,981 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 13 - 19 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 21 - 30 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available 53.7 ft3
Engine V-6, V-8 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 303 - 807 hp 228 hp
Towing Capacity 1,000 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 197.5 - 197.9 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 75.7 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 33.1 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 39.3 in
Rear 37.1 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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 GTI than the Dodge Challenger, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Dodge Challenger will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Dodge Challenger as you will with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 Dodge Challenger is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Dodge Challenger is much higher than that for the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
Since the Dodge Challenger is much wider than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Dodge Challenger, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Dodge Challenger has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Dodge Challenger has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. 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 Dodge Challenger does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Dodge Challenger and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Dodge Challenger is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.