Ford Focus 2011 vs Volkswagen Golf 2009

Ford Focus
2011 - 2014
Volkswagen Golf
2009 - 2013
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 1.6 Petrol1.6 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing beltTiming belt


Power: 182 HP102 HP
Torque: 240 NM148 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.1 seconds11.9 seconds
Ford Focus is more dynamic to drive.
Ford Focus engine produces 80 HP more power than Volkswagen Golf, whereas torque is 92 NM more than Volkswagen Golf. Thanks to more power Ford Focus reaches 100 km/h speed 3.8 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.27.2
Real fuel consumption: 7.6 l/100km7.3 l/100km
By specification Ford Focus consumes 1 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf, which means that by driving the Ford Focus over 15,000 km in a year you can save 150 litres of fuel.
But when we compare the real fuel consumption reported by users, Ford Focus consumes 0.3 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf.
Fuel tank capacity: 55 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 880 km in combined cycle760 km in combined cycle
1100 km on highway960 km on highway
720 km with real consumption750 km with real consumption


Average engine lifespan: 300'000 km480'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Volkswagen Golf engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 4 years10 years
Engine spread: Used also on Ford KugaInstalled on at least 5 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Touran, Audi A3
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Volkswagen Golf might be a better choice in this respect.
Hydraulic tappets: noyes
The Volkswagen Golf engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.56 m4.53 m
Width: 1.82 m1.78 m
Height: 1.51 m1.50 m
Ford Focus is larger.
Ford Focus is 2 cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf, 4 cm wider the height of the cars does not differ significantly.
Trunk capacity: 490 litres505 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1516 litres1495 litres
Despite its longer length, Ford Focus has 15 litres less trunk space than the Volkswagen Golf. This could mean that the Ford Focus uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Ford Focus (by 21 litres).
Turning diameter: 11 meters10.9 meters
The turning circle of the Ford Focus is 0.1 metres more than that of the Volkswagen Golf.
Gross weight (kg): 1`9001`890
below average

above average
Volkswagen Golf has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Ford Focus has serious deffects in 35 percent more cases than Volkswagen Golf, so Volkswagen Golf quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 46004400
Pros and Cons: Ford Focus has
  • more power
  • more dynamic
  • more full fuel tank mileage
Volkswagen Golf has
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
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