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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

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New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$45,950 to $47,950
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$28,595 to $36,495
Invoice* $43,193 to $45,073 $27,452 to $35,034
MPG - City 21 - 22 24
MPG - Hwy 30 - 31 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz C-Class you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, due to its larger tank size and better 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). The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class will cost more in transportation costs than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. If you go with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Utility
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making the Volkswagen Golf GTI the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.