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The Mirai’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The e-Golf doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Toyota Mirai are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Volkswagen e-Golf has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
The Mirai’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Mirai 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The Toyota Mirai weighs 616 pounds more than the Volkswagen e-Golf. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Mirai comes with free roadside assistance for 2 years unlimited miles. Toyota 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.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Mirai 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the e-Golf. Any repair needed on the motor, fuel cell, transmission, axles or joints is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the e-Golf ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Mirai for 3 years and 35000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the e-Golf.
There are over 89 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mirai’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 16th.
The Mirai’s electric motor produces 17 more horsepower (151 vs. 134) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (247 vs. 214) than the e-Golf’s electric motor.
The Mirai’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 312 miles, almost two and a half times as far as the e-Golf’s 125-mile range. After it exhausts its hydrogen, the Mirai can refuel in minutes at a hydrogen dueling station, while the e-Golf has to recharge for 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.
For better stopping power the Mirai’s brake rotors are larger than those on the e-Golf:
For better traction, the Mirai has larger tires than the e-Golf (215/55R17 vs. 205/55R16).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mirai has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the e-Golf.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirai’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the e-Golf (109.5 inches vs. 103.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mirai is 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the e-Golf.
The Mirai has .1 inches more front headroom and 1.3 inches more front legroom than the e-Golf.
With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Mirai offers cargo security. The e-Golf’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Mirai. The e-Golf doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
When two different drivers share the Mirai, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Mirai’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The e-Golf doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
On a hot day the Mirai’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 Mirai has standard extendable sun visors. The e-Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.
When the Mirai is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The e-Golf’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Mirai has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The e-Golf offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Mirai and the e-Golf have standard heated front seats. The Mirai 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 Mirai’s standard 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 Mirai’s standard 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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