Performance hatchbacks continue to get popular due to their interior space and their ability to get around quick. Both the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R and the 2017 Ford Focus RS seem to be great competitors in this market, and make it hard to choose between the two. They have a lot of similarities, but it is the differences that determine which one is the better choice.
The Golf has a re-tuned version of their engine with a turbocharged 2.0 L four-cylinder powertrain. It reaches surprising numbers in power at 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. These are numbers we’ve never seen out of the Golf before, and make it a top competitor when it comes to engine capability. There is a bit of turbo lag, but it is so small that it is insignificant. The AWD system helps the Golf R boost a little more from 0 to 60 in just 4.9 seconds. It includes a 6-speed transmission that is dual-clutch. This is definitely a step up for the Golf R in every area that matters in an engine. The Ford Focus falls behind when it comes to engine specs. It has a hard time catching up with the Golf R literally and figuratively.
Both vehicles have the latest engine technology that cars have to offer. However, the Volkswagen offers 4motion technology that beats out the Focus RS hands down. You won’t be disappointed with the technology in the Volkswagen Golf R.
Our Choice: The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R
Come out to Onion Creek Volkswagen today to test-drive the Golf R. Discover what makes it such a great vehicle to invest in for 2017. Also, stop by for any vehicle questions are concerns you may have. Our professionals can get you back on the road in no time.