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2021 Ford Mustang vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf Review

Picture of the 2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Ford
Mustang

MSRP*: $27,205 to $52,400
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Volkswagen
Golf

MSRP*: $23,195 to $23,995
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Invoice* $26,117 to $49,780 $22,267
MPG - City 15 - 21 MPG 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 23 - 32 MPG 36 - 39 MPG
Seating Capacity 2 - 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 310-hp, 2.3-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 460-hp, 5.0-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 480-hp, 5.0-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 147-hp, 1.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 10-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 310 - 480 hp 147 hp
Exterior Length 188.3 in 167.6 in
Exterior Width 75.4 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 44.5 in
Rear 30.6 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 37.6 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
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 than the Ford Mustang, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Ford Mustang will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf.

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 Ford Mustang 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 Destination Charge for the Ford Mustang is much higher than that for the Volkswagen Golf.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Mustang 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 Ford Mustang does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf.

Utility
The Ford Mustang has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf, making the Volkswagen Golf the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Mustang is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf.