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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz
E-Class

MSRP*: $64,950 to $67,450
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $37,745
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Invoice* $61,053 to $63,403 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 23 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 31 MPG 30 - 32 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 362-hp, 3.0-liter, Straight 6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline/Mild Electric Hybrid) 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 9-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 362 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 190.0 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 73.2 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.8 in
Rear info not available
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 36.4 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 GTI than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz E-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 E-Class will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which has a much lower MSRP.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz E-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz E-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 E-Class 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 Mercedes-Benz E-Class does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Utility
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making the Volkswagen Golf GTI the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class than that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.