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2020 Nissan LEAF vs. 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

New 2020 Nissan LEAF

2020 Nissan
LEAF

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New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$31,600 to $43,900
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$28,595 to $36,495
Invoice* $29,935 to $41,568 $27,452 to $35,034
MPG - City 114 - 123 24
MPG - Hwy 94 - 99 N/A
Engine(s) 147-hp, (electric), 214-hp, (electric) Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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 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 GTI.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Golf GTI you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Nissan LEAF, due to its tank size and 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 Nissan LEAF is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Nissan LEAF and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Nissan LEAF is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. 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 GTI.

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

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

Performance
The Nissan LEAF has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

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 GTI. The Nissan LEAF 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 basic warranty of the Nissan LEAF is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.