2019 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2019 Chevrolet Volt

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen e-Golf are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The e-Golf has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Volt doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The e-Golf has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Volt doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The e-Golf SEL Premium has standard Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Volt doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the e-Golf and the Volt 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The e-Golf’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Volt’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 7 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running on electricity (126 city/111 hwy vs. 113 city/99 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running its gasoline engine (126 city/111 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/42 hwy).

The e-Golf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 125 miles on a full charge. The Volt can only travel about 53 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen e-Golf higher (10 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Volt (3 to 7). This means the e-Golf produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Volt every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the e-Golf’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Volt:

e-Golf

Volt

Front Rotors

11.3 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

10 inches

The e-Golf stops shorter than the Volt:

e-Golf

Volt

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The e-Golf has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Volt; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Volkswagen e-Golf has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Volt has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The e-Golf has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the e-Golf flat and controlled during cornering. The Volt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The e-Golf SE handles at .86 G’s, while the Volt Premier pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the e-Golf’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Volt’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis

The e-Golf is 1 foot shorter than the Volt, making the e-Golf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The e-Golf has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Volt (93.5 vs. 90.3).

The e-Golf has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Volt.

Cargo Capacity

The e-Golf has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Volt (22.8 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The e-Golf’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Volt’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the e-Golf the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Volt can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The e-Golf’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Volt’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the e-Golf has a standard rear wiper. The Volt doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the e-Golf SEL Premium has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Volt doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The e-Golf’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Volt doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the e-Golf and the Volt offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the e-Golf has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Volt doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Volt has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Volt has never been chosen.

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