2020 Toyota C-HR vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota C-HR have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision System in the C-HR as “Superior.” The Golf SportWagen scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The C-HR’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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-HR and the Golf SportWagen have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota C-HR is safer than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen:

C-HR

Golf SportWagen

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota C-HR is safer than the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen:

C-HR

Golf SportWagen

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

80

185

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

217 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

333

368

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

508 lbs.

588 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

243

274

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

45 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the C-HR 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Golf SportWagen. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Golf SportWagen ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The C-HR’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Golf SportWagen’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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 C-HR’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the C-HR’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Golf SportWagen’s camshafts. If the Golf SportWagen’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the C-HR has a standard 520-amp battery. The Golf SportWagen’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 27th.

Transmission

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The Toyota C-HR comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf SportWagen.

The C-HR has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the C-HR’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf SportWagen:

C-HR

Golf SportWagen

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the C-HR has larger standard tires than the Golf SportWagen (215/60R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The C-HR LE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Golf SportWagen S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-HR LE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Golf SportWagen S. The C-HR XLE/Limited’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Golf SportWagen SE.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Golf SportWagen’s (34.2 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Chassis

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The C-HR is 8.4 inches shorter than the Golf SportWagen, making the C-HR easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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The C-HR’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Golf SportWagen has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

If the windows are left open on the C-HR the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Golf SportWagen can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the C-HR has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Golf SportWagen only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the C-HR XLE/Limited has standard extendable sun visors. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The C-HR’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 Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The C-HR’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Golf SportWagen doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the C-HR owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the C-HR will cost $135 less than the Golf SportWagen over a five-year period.

The C-HR will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the C-HR will retain 57.63% to 57.78% of its original price after five years, while the Golf SportWagen only retains 38.88% to 42.79%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota C-HR will be $2397 to $6752 less than for the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-HR second among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Golf SportWagen isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota C-HR outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by 34% during the 2019 model year.

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