How does the Focus ST stack up against the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R?

January 25th, 2017 by

2017 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2017 Ford Focus ST

Hot hatchbacks have become the go-to car for drivers looking to get a little extra bit of fun out of their commute. These peppy small cars offer turbocharged performance, but with the practicality of a compact hatchback design. The Volkswagen Golf R has long been one of the top contenders in this class. But there are other contenders here to challenge the Golf R. Looking at the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R vs the 2017 Ford Focus ST will help us learn more about two of the popular hot hatchbacks.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf R Engine Performance

Under the hood of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Ford also equips the Focus ST with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, however, the Golf R is able to best the Focus ST in the horsepower category. The Volkswagen engine produces 292 horsepower while the Ford checks in at 252.

To help give drivers the maximum amount of control over all that power, the Golf R utilizes and all-wheel drive system. The Focus ST is only available in front-wheel drive.

In order to ensure every driver will be able to enjoy the thrills of driving the 2017 Golf R, Volkswagen offers the hatchback with both manual and automatic transmission options. The Focus ST is only available with a manual transmission.

The Volkswagen Golf R has long sat at the top of the hot hatchback class, and the 2017 model proves the car will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

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