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2021 Nissan Leaf vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf Review

Picture of the 2021 Nissan Leaf

2021 Nissan
Leaf

MSRP*: $31,670 to $43,970
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Volkswagen
Golf

MSRP*: $23,195 to $23,995
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Invoice* $30,001 to $41,634 $22,267
MPG - City Info not available 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy Info not available 36 - 39 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 147-hp, Electric Motor (Electric Fuel System), 214-hp, Electric Motor (Electric Fuel System) 147-hp, 1.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 1-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 147 - 214 hp 147 hp
Exterior Length 176.4 in 167.6 in
Exterior Width 70.5 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 41.2 in
Rear 37.3 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 Nissan Leaf, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Leaf 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 Nissan Leaf 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. In this case, the Nissan Leaf will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Volkswagen Golf.

Dimensions
The Nissan Leaf is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Nissan Leaf, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Golf.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Leaf 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
The Nissan Leaf has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Nissan Leaf is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf.