2018 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2018 Ford Focus RS

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is a great choice for car buyers who desire a vehicle that provides a dynamic driving experience while offering the practicality for the daily commutes. It combines the style, refinement, and hatchback versatility of the iconic VW Golf with a high-performance engine — making it the quintessential "hot hatch." One of the Golf R's competitors is the Ford Focus RS. See how they stack up in this 2018 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2018 Ford Focus RS comparison.

With its turbocharged TSI 2.0-liter engine, the 2018 Golf R delivers a pleasing balance of performance and efficiency. It generates 292 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque, a 0 – 60 mph of 4.8 seconds, and an estimated fuel economy of 21 city/29 hwy mpg. In comparison, the 2018 Focus RS only gets an estimated fuel economy of 19 city/26 hwy mpg. Buyers of the Golf R have a choice of the six-speed manual transmission or available seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Also, you can count on optimum traction in adverse weather conditions with the Golf R's 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R VS 2018 Ford Focus RS
21 city/29 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 19 city/26 hwy mpg
93.8 cu-ft Passenger Volume 90.7 cu-ft
52.7 cu-ft Maximum Cargo Space 43.8 cu-ft
6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty Warranty Coverage 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty

Advantages and Benefits of 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2018 Golf R offers plenty of space for both people and cargo. It has a total passenger volume of 93.8 cu-ft, compared to 90.7 cu-ft for the Focus RS. You'll have a great deal of room for your gear with the 52.7 cu-ft of maximum cargo space in the Golf R, compared to 43.8 cu-ft for the Focus RS. Also, with premium features like the 12-way power adjustable driver's seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel, you can enjoy a very comfortable and sophisticated driving experience.

On the safety front, the Golf R comes standard with many advanced safety features, including the Intelligent Crash Response System, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, a rearview camera, and Electronic Stability Control. For even more peace of mind, the Golf R comes with a very generous warranty coverage: the 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper "People First Warranty." In comparison, the Focus RS has a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty.