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2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2021 Toyota
Corolla Hatchback

MSRP*: $20,715 to $24,765
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $36,945
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Invoice* $19,180 to $22,930 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 28 - 32 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 37 - 41 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available 53.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 169 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 172.0 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 70.5 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 29.9 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 38.4 in
Rear 37.6 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
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 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Volkswagen Golf GTI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Toyota Corolla Hatchback 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). Based on MSRP, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is clearly a better financial choice over 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 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Toyota Corolla Hatchback 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 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Toyota Corolla Hatchback 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 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Toyota Corolla Hatchback has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, 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 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.