2019 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Volt and the e-Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Volt the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The e-Golf has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Volt comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Chevrolet will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the e-Golf.

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Volt. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance during the first 12 months. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the e-Golf.

There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Volt’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

Engine

The Volt’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 15 more horsepower (149 vs. 134) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (294 vs. 214) than the e-Golf’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Volt’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 435.7 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The e-Golf’s range is only 125 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 1 hour for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 26 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

The Volt stops shorter than the e-Golf:

 

Volt

e-Golf

 

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Volt has larger tires than the e-Golf (215/50R17 vs. 205/55R16).

The Volt’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the e-Golf’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Volt has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the e-Golf.

The Volt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The e-Golf doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Volt’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the e-Golf (106.1 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Volt is 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the e-Golf.

The Volt Premier handles at .86 G’s, while the e-Golf pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Volt Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the e-Golf (26.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Volt has .9 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the e-Golf.

Ergonomics

On a hot day the Volt’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the e-Golf can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Volt has standard extendable sun visors. The e-Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Volt and the e-Golf offer available heated front seats. The Volt Premier also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the e-Golf.

On extremely cold winter days, the Volt’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Volt Premier’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The e-Golf’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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