2020 Volkswagen Golf vs 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Comparison in Cerritos, CA

Few cars have been around as long as the Volkswagen Golf. That's because few cars have successfully combined value, versatility and verve in quite the same way! Fun to drive and useful for all the day's errands, yet small and efficient at the same time, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a modern classic for a reason. And it's a better value than rivals from other brands like Toyota. We'll prove it by comparing the 2020 VW Golf against the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback below.

VW Golf Sunroof

2020 VW Golf vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Features

As you'll discover on this page, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is missing some of the most desirable features in this segment. For instance, on the outside, the Corolla Hatchback completely lacks a sunroof. By contrast, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf features a standard panoramic sunroof ideal for life in sunny Southern California. Both models also feature stylish alloy wheels and modern-looking LED headlights.

On the inside, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf comes with more premium standard features like luxurious leatherette upholstery, heated front seats and power seat adjustment with adjustable lumbar support. On the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, these features will cost you extra as part of a trim level upgrade.

VW Golf Cargo Area

2020 VW Golf vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Utility

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf has superior flexibility to the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. It's a small car that can do big things, like bring home that new flatscreen or swallow more grocery bags. It has a whole lot more maximum cargo volume compared to the Corolla Hatchback, and the experts at Car and Driver magazine found it far less practical. Of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback they wrote, "The Corolla hatchback has 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat, but we only fit two carry-on bags back there." Meanwhile, of the VW Golf, they said, "The Golf holds the same number of carry-on bags (five) behind its back seat as many of its rivals. But unlike sedan competitors, the Golf's cargo area can accommodate taller items with ease. We squeezed 15 carry-on suitcases inside with the rear seat folded."

You also get an extra 5.5" of rear seat legroom in the 2020 Volkswagen Golf compared to the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, making it more comfortable for taller passengers to ride in the back. The Volkswagen Golf perfectly embodies the versatility that makes the hatchback style so useful!

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VW Golf Profile

2020 VW Golf vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Performance

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback can boast of greater maximum horsepower, but that's not the whole story when it comes to performance. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf makes quite a bit more torque -- responsible for that feeling of responsiveness and quickness when leaving a stoplight. Furthermore, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf features a turbocharged engine. The turbocharger helps the VW Golf achieve maximum torque and horsepower earlier in the rev range, so more power is available when you can actually use it. It's no wonder the VW Golf is celebrated as a fun-to-drive yet affordable city car! The engine in the Corolla Hatchback is naturally aspirated.

And while both cars offer a manual transmission if you prefer to grab the gears yourself, the automatic transmission option in the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a much-maligned CVT-style transmission. Instead, choose the 2020 Volkswagen Golf and you'll get a traditional eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifts, quick power delivery and an efficient highway cruise.

VW Golf Backup Camera

2020 VW Golf vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Safety

Safety is crucial from your next car, and both cars earned five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That means they can both protect you in the event of a crash.

But your investment is even safer when you choose the 2020 Volkswagen Golf. With a four-year / 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, Volkswagen provides an extra year of peace of mind compared to most other automakers -- including Toyota. The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has a three-year / 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.

VW Golf Blind Spot Monitor

2020 VW Golf vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Driver Assistance

The most important driver assistance features like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on both models -- but there's even more driver assistance on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf that'll cost you more on the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Standard blind spot monitoring will help you out with visual and audible alerts if traffic is hiding in your blind spot, preventing you from an ill-timed lane change. Standard rear traffic alert will provide alerts and braking support if someone suddenly passes behind you when reversing. On the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, blind spot monitor is available as an upgrade, but it doesn't come standard. And rear traffic alert isn't available at all!

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Discover The Value & Quality Of German Engineering At McKenna VW In Cerritos Auto Square

With a starting MSRP of $23,195, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf costs a little more than the entry-level Toyota Corolla Hatchback. However, the VW Golf is much more versatile, better to drive and better equipped, too! We invite you to experience all the advantages of German engineering during your test drive today at McKenna Volkswagen.

2020 Volkswagen Golf2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
$23,195Starting MSRP*$20,290
147Standard Horsepower168
184Standard Torque (lb-ft)151
28 MPG City / 36 MPG HighwayFuel Economy30 MPG City / 38 MPG Highway
52.7 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume17.8 Cubic Feet
StandardLeatherette UpholsteryNot Available
StandardHeated Front SeatsAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade
StandardSunroofNot Available
StandardRear Cross-Traffic AlertNot Available

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.