2019 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2019 Ford Fusion Energi

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Fusion Energi 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 Fusion Energi 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 Fusion Energi doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The e-Golf SEL Premium has standard Park Distance Control to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Fusion Energi doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the e-Golf and the Fusion Energi 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The e-Golf’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Fusion Energi’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 2 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi running on electricity (126 city/111 hwy vs. 104 city/91 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the e-Golf gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Energi running on electricity (126 city/111 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/41 hwy).

The e-Golf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 125 miles on a full charge. The Fusion Energi can only travel about 20 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 Ford Fusion Energi (7). This means the e-Golf produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Fusion Energi every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The e-Golf stops much shorter than the Fusion Energi:

e-Golf

Fusion

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

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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 Fusion Energi; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The e-Golf SE handles at .86 G’s, while the Fusion Energi Titanium 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 1.7 feet tighter than the Fusion Energi’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen e-Golf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 pounds less than the Ford Fusion Energi.

The e-Golf is 1 foot, 11.7 inches shorter than the Fusion Energi, making the e-Golf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The e-Golf has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Fusion Energi (22.8 vs. 8.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

Recommendations

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Fusion Hybrid hasn’t been picked since 2010.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Fusion Energi was Car of the Year in 2010.

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