2015 Ford Focus vs. 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Ford Focus

Both the 2015 Ford Focus and the 2015 Volkswagen Golf have been redesigned, so Chicago and Manteno drivers are naturally curious as to which one comes out on top. Here’s our side-by-side comparison of these two popular vehicles.

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Trim Levels and Price

2015 Ford Focus TitaniumThe 2015 Ford Focus is offered as either sedan or hatchback in a set of well-balanced trims:

  • S Sedan: Starting at $17,170, the S Sedan is fitted with a six-way driver’s seat, speed-sensitive volume control, and a state-of-the-art AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system.
  • SE Sedan: Starting at $18,460, the SE upgrades your ride with a six-speaker audio system, quad beam halogen headlights, and standard cruise control.
  • SE Hatch: The entry-level hatchback starts at only $18,960, and is equipped to the same high standard as the SE Sedan while also including an aerodynamic rear spoiler.
  • Titanium Sedan: Starting at $23,170, this model provides the ultimate driving experience, with leather-trimmed buckets seats – heated in the front – a 390-W audio system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer, and dual-zone climate control.
  • Titanium Hatch: The Titanium Hatch blends the space and versatility of a hatchback with the indulgent interior of the Titanium Sedan. Starts at $23,670.
  • ST: Starting at $24,370, the ST is for Chicago and Manteno drivers who like to feel untamed power at their command. Boasting a turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost engine, you’ll feel the force of 252 hp and 270 lb-ft torque.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf separates into two 1.8T two-door models, four 1.8T four-door, and a further three TDI Clean Diesel models. Starting at $17,995 — with the more efficient diesel models costing a minimum of $22,345 — the 2015 Golf starts close to $1,000 more than the 2015 Ford Focus, but doesn’t offer the same level of interior equipment.


Powertrains and MPG

2015 Ford Focus Shift KnobThe 2015 Ford Focus offers a selection of three engines, each one managing to provide its own blend of power and efficiency:

  • 2.0L Ti-VCT I-4 Flex Fuel: Available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed Powershift automatic transmission, the entry-level engine is something to shout about, allowing Manteno drivers to make up to 27 mpg city and an incredible 40 mpg on the highway. However, you’ll still enjoy 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque to keep performance punchy.
  • 1.0L T-VCT EcoBoost I-3: Fitted with start/stop technology and a six-speed manual transmission for added efficiency, this optional engine will please the eco-friendly, allowing 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.
  • 2.0L EcoBoost: Turbocharged and direct-injected, this is a high-performance engine designed for an exhilarating drive, offering 252 hp and 270 lb-ft torque.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is available with two engines. Neither can match the jaw-dropping output of the Focus ST, and you’ll be forced to choice between either efficiency or performance, with no option in the middle:

  • 1.8L Turbo Four: The Golf’s standard engine delivers in terms of power, but falls far behind in terms of fuel economy, offering just 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
  • 2.0L Turbodiesel: It’s a shame that the Golf’s efficiency only comes with the diesel engine, which misses the same feel and sound of a standard model while still delivering only 150 hp.


2015 Ford Focus InteriorWith each 2015 Ford Focus boasting passenger volume equal to 90.7 cubic feet, there’s room for everybody to stretch out and relax. However, interior space and versatility really come into their own with the hatchback.

Even with all seats occupied, you’ll enjoy 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and you’ll find it easy to access from the rear. However, flip down the 60/40-split second-row seats and you’ll enjoy 44.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Of course, this is a Ford, so you’ll also enjoy a level of interior refinement that can’t be boasted by the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, which offers only 22.8 cubic feet of standard cargo space.


Comfort and Convenience

2015 Focus CargoThe 2015 Ford Focus has seen a number of technological improvements this year, while several previously premium features are now included as standard across each and every model.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is surprisingly old-fashioned, offering far less than the 2015 Focus. Take a look:

  • Rearview Camera: Unlike the 2015 Golf, the 2015 Ford Focus includes a rearview camera as standard.
  • Touchscreen: The 2015 Golf includes only a 5.8-inch touchscreen as standard, making it hard to use while you drive. In contrast, the Focus offers an 8-inch touchscreen.

Safety Features

2015 FocusThe 2015 Volkswagen Golf also lags behind in terms of safety, while the 2015 Ford Focus makes a wealth of driver-assistance technologies available for Chicago and Manteno drivers, including:

  • Lane-Departure Warning: Senses when you begin to deviate from your lane without indicating and provides an alert to keep you from harm.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring: Uses a camera mounted beneath your side mirror to monitor the presence of vehicles entering your blind-spot, and provides a visual warning.
  • Parallel-Park Assist: Lets you slip into the tightest of spaces with ease.

Drive the 2015 Focus Near Manteno, IL

Available now at Terry’s Ford of Peotone, the 2015 Ford Focus rises well above competitors like the 2015 Volkswagen Golf. We’re confident that drivers from Chicago and Manteno will be thrilled with the new Focus!