2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

When we think of the Chevy brand as a whole, the first impression is that it’s affordable. As an American brand, the streets are lined with Chevrolet models, and the Cruze is chief among them. In comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, you might be surprised to find that the Cruze isn’t quite at competitive as it may first appear. It’s true, the sedan has an appealing starting price, but to get a hatchback, you’ll suddenly find yourself doling out more cash.

Naturally, this begs the question: Is it worth paying more? We think you’ll find the answer is no.

2018 Volkswagen Golf


2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

$20,910 Starting MSRP $22,195
1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder
170hp/184 lb-ft of torque Performance 153hp/177 lb-ft of torque
22.8 cu. ft. Cargo Space 22.7 cu. ft.

Why choose the 2018 VW Golf?

Volkswagen has been building the Golf since the 1970s. When it was first release to the U.S., it was known as the Rabbit and was a popular choice for being practical, affordable and easy to repair. Though the model has a much different appearance now than it did back then, one thing has remained the same. The Golf has always been a hatchback.

The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is another sedan that has been modified to offer a hatchback option to jump on the craze. It seems modern shoppers know what VW has always known. Hatchbacks rock. You can fit a bike in the back of your 2018 Volkswagen Golf. Without closing a lid on it and creating an intricate weave of bungee cords.

Though the 2018 Chevy Cruze attempts to jump on this practical appeal, it fails in some key respects. The first is the basic engine output. The Cruze in general has received criticism for being underpowered, and this is especially noticeable if you happen to have heavy cargo.

Speaking of which, the Golf offers more room for that cargo. Not much more room if you have rear passengers, true. When you fold the seats flat, however, it offers up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The Chevy Cruze Hatchback offers just 47.2 cubic feet.

Come see what has held the attention of Golf drivers for so long when you stop by Volkswagen of South Mississippi for a test drive.