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2019 Lexus RC 300 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

New 2019 Lexus RC 300

2019 Lexus
RC 300

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New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$41,145 to $50,035
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$28,595 to $36,495
Invoice* $38,264 to $46,533 $27,452 to $35,034
MPG - City 18 - 21 24
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 4 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**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 Lexus RC 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Lexus RC 300 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 Lexus RC 300 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 Lexus RC 300 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, 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 Lexus RC 300 is much higher than that for the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus RC 300 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 Lexus RC 300, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Lexus RC 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Lexus RC 300 has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus RC 300 is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Utility
The Lexus RC 300 has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making the Volkswagen Golf GTI the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Lexus RC 300 has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Lexus RC 300 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.