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Comparing the 2018 Golf GTI and the 2018 Ford Focus ST at Carter Volkswagen in Ballard

The “hot hatch” performance hatchback is a very competitive segment. Drivers want enough power and performance to make the go-kart-like hatchback immensely fun to drive, while also providing efficiency and creature comforts. On those fronts, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is the superior hot hatch to the Ford Focus ST. Not only did the Golf GTI post a faster time from zero to 60 mph than the Focus ST, you also get a larger cabin with more available cargo space, more legroom and the best warranty you can get with a hot hatch today. Visit our Seattle showroom and see what else makes the 2018 VW Golf GTI the superlative choice when shopping for hatchbacks that put the “fun” back in “functional.”

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2018 Ford Focus ST
5.9 Seconds 0-60 MPH Time 6.3 Seconds
33 MPG Highway / 25 MPG City Fuel Economy 30 MPG Highway / 22 MPG City
6.5” Car-Net® Touchscreen Standard Infotainment Display 4.2” Center Console Display
6 Years / 72,000 Miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2018 Ford Focus ST
5.9 Seconds
0-60 MPH Time
6.3 Seconds
33 MPG Highway / 25 MPG City
Fuel Economy
30 MPG Highway / 22 MPG City
6.5” Car-Net® Touchscreen
Standard Infotainment Display
4.2” Center Console Display
6 Years / 72,000 Miles
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
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Size and Comfort: 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI VS 2018 Ford Focus ST

Thanks to superior German engineering, the wiz-kids at VW have managed to squeeze more than two inches of additional rear legroom into a car that's a full four inches shorter than the 2018 Ford Focus ST. There will be no more fights over shotgun in the 2018 VW Golf GTI. The interior of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is adorned with plenty of premium features you won't find on a stock Focus ST, including a 400-watt, eight-speaker sound system by Fender — standard. You only get six speakers in the base 2018 Ford Focus ST. Finally, Volkswagen's Car-Net® infotainment system comes standard with a beautiful 6.5” touchscreen plus Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity. The stock Ford infotainment system on the 2018 Focus ST falls well short of this connectivity and convenience.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Speed and Economy: 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI VS 2018 Ford Focus ST

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is quicker and more nimble than even the venerable 2018 Ford Focus ST — even though the Focus ST has got a bigger engine. That's because the 2018 VW Golf GTI makes use of state-of-the-art performance systems like standard driving mode selection and available DCC® Adaptive Chassis Control, which adjusts damper settings on the fly for each individual wheel. Folks will be sure to notice all that extra speed, too — LED taillights, LED fog lights, interior ambient lighting and red brake calipers come standard. LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System to follow your steering and help you see ahead in the corners are also available — which you can't get on the 2018 Ford Focus ST.

2018 Ford Focus ST

Active Safety Features: 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI VS 2018 Ford Focus ST

While both vehicles received 5-star crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2018 Ford Focus ST got the short end of the stick when it comes to active safety features and autonomous driving aids. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes standard with Automatic Post-Collision Braking and Intelligent Post-Crash Response System. In the event of a crash, the Golf GTI will shut off the fuel pump, engage the brakes and call for help automatically in case you're unable. The 2018 VW Golf GTI is also available with high-tech active safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitor, Lane Assist and Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring — to help you avoid a collision altogether. None of these sophisticated safety systems are available on the 2018 Ford Focus ST.

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At Carter Volkswagen, we know the best things in life are free: Free of high-pressure sales people, free WiFi in our service department waiting area, free wiper blade installation — that's the Carter Advantage. Our promise to you is a friendly, informative sales experience that puts your needs and concerns first. We're committed to serving the people of the greater Seattle area — that's why if you test-drive or purchase a new 2018 Volkswagen from us, we're going to plant a tree in your name in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. So browse our massive inventory of brand-new Volkswagen cars, wagons and SUVs and schedule your test drive online. We're proud to serve communities from Kirkland to Renton, and we'll be thrilled to put you behind the wheel of a brand-new VW.

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