2019 Volkswagen e-Golf vs. 2019 Toyota Prius Prime

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

Warranty

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

Engine

The e-Golf’s electric motor produces 13 more horsepower (134 vs. 121) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (214 vs. 106) than the Prius Prime’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The e-Golf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 125 miles on a full charge. The Prius Prime can only travel about 25 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Brakes and Stopping

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

e-Golf

Prius

Front Rotors

11.3 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

10.2 inches

The e-Golf stops shorter than the Prius Prime:

e-Golf

Prius

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the e-Golf has larger tires than the Prius Prime (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The e-Golf’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the e-Golf has standard 16-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Prius Prime.

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 Prius Prime; 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 Prius Prime Advanced pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The e-Golf executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Prius Prime Premium (27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

The e-Golf is 1 foot, 2.8 inches shorter than the Prius Prime, making the e-Golf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The e-Golf has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Prius Prime can only carry 4.

The e-Golf has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius Prime.

Cargo Capacity

The e-Golf has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Prius Prime (22.8 vs. 19.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the e-Golf and the Prius Prime have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the e-Golf is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Prius Prime prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Prius Prime can only operate 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 Prius Prime Plus/Premium’s standard 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 Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the e-Golf and the Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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