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Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs the Volkswagen Golf

Overview

Excellent fuel economy, comfortable tech-filled cabins, and even a touch of sporty good-looks combine to make this year's Toyota Corolla Hatchback, and their chief competitor, the Volkswagen Golf, two of the most popular hatchbacks on the road today. Each offers most buyers precisely what they seek in this segment - high levels of functionality and versatility, at a price they can afford.

Design

Like most Volkswagens, the Golf arrives with little fanfare. Its basic box shape says "functional," for sure. On the other hand, the Corolla Hatchback looks much like the Corolla sedan with aerodynamic lines and a hood that flows forward into a wide mouth black grille set off by wrap-around LED headlights. Soft lines, black trim, LED taillights, Toyota badging, and dual-exhaust gives this year's Corolla Hatchback a surprisingly sporty and expensive look from behind, as well. The Golf makes up for its bland exterior with a quiet, comfortable, spacious interior with somewhat of a premium vibe. The Corolla Hatchback feels like a Toyota on the inside (that's a good thing). Corolla fans won't be disappointed, for sure.

Passenger Capacity and Cargo

Both vehicles also have almost identical numbers when it comes to interior space, with the Golf offering slightly more rear passenger room than the Corolla. The Corolla, however, offers slightly more cargo space behind the back seat at 512 litres of volume, compared to 483 litres for the Golf. The Golf also wins when it comes to front shoulder room with a 48-mm edge. But, the Corolla has slightly more front legroom. The two vehicles have identical front headroom numbers, and both seat five, as well. Most buyers will find little difference between the two when it comes to overall interior space.

Tech and Infotainment

Both vehicles come with six-speaker AM/FM stereo sound systems with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and steering wheel audio controls. But, that's where the similarities end. Even the base model of the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback features Entune 3.0 audio. Toyota's Entune App Suite Connect lets drivers get traffic, weather, Yelp reviews, Sports, and Stock reports right through the Corolla's colour touchscreen display. The Corolla also comes equipped with push-button start, and more importantly, Safety Sense 2.0 a suite of advanced safety features that Toyota now employs across their entire line.

Power and Fuel-Efficiency

Performance numbers for the two vehicles come in close enough that most buyers probably won't be swayed one way or the other by fuel economy or power. The Corolla comes standard with a 168-horsepower 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine, while Volkswagen equipped the Golf with a turbocharged, four-cylinder, 1.8-litre engine that puts out a tad more power at 170. The chart below illustrates just how evenly the two match up.

Toyota Corolla Hatchback Features Volkswagen Golf
2.0-litre 4-cylinder Base Engine 1.8-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged
168 Horsepower 170
8.4 Fuel Economy City (L/100 Km) 8.2
6.3 Fuel Economy Hwy (L/100 Km) 6.3
151 @ 4,800RPM Torque (N.m) 184 @ 1,500 RPM
No Turbocharged Yes
1844 Gross Weight Kg 1860

The Verdict

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Volkswagen Golf seem almost identical in many categories, but they do have several significant differences, as well. While the Golf offers slightly more interior space, the Corolla Hatchback provides something that almost all new car buyers crave - sporty good-looks. Not that anyone should choose a vehicle based on looks alone, the Corolla also comes with notably higher levels of technology and safety, and at a lower price. While it looks like the Corolla Hatchback easily beats the Golf in most areas, nobody beats Toyota Northwest Edmonton when it comes to sales, service, and pricing on new and used Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs. They're the best to buy a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Edmonton, and all of Alberta, as well.