2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The iconic Volkswagen Golf is still going strong after all of these years, with its stylish and versatile hatchback design, impressive driving characteristics, comfortable and spacious interior, and advanced safety and connectivity technologies. One of the Golf's hatchback competitors is the Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. See how they measure up in this 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback comparison.

The 2018 Golf offers the cheaper starting price, with a base MSRP of 20,910, compared to $21,240 for the 2018 Cruze Hatchback. With its lengthy list of standard features, the new Golf offers much value. This includes standard LED taillights and Daytime Running Lights, the MIB II touchscreen infotainment system, Apple iPhone and iPod integration, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and a rearview camera. Also, the Golf offers plenty of room for storage, with a maximum cargo capacity of 52.7 cu-ft, compared to 47.2 cu-ft for the Cruze Hatchback.

2018 Volkswagen Golf VS 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
20,910 Base MSRP $21,240
52.7 cu-ft Maximum Cargo Capacity 47.2 cu-ft
170-hp/199 lb-ft Horsepower/Torque 153-hp/177 lb-ft
6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 3-years/36,000-miles basic; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain

Advantages and Benefits of 2018 Volkswagen Golf

On the performance front, the 2018 Golf comes equipped with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder TSI engine, which generates 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2018 Cruze Hatchback only manages 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Performance for the 2018 Golf is also aided by its XDS Cross Differential System, which provides excellent handling and a stable ride.

Another strength of the 2018 Golf is its generous warranty coverage. The all-new Volkswagen "People First Warranty" covers the Golf from bumper-to-bumper for 6-years/72,000-miles. In comparison, the 2018 Cruze Hatchback comes with a 3-years/36,000-miles basic and 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain warranty. Also, unlike the warranty for the Cruze Hatchback, the Golf's "People First Warranty" is transferable.