2018 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze Hatch

Hatchback vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf offer an adaptable interior and efficient performance. This has been true of the vehicle since it debuted in the United States more than 40 years ago. More and more automakers have been trying to match VW's success in this popular segment, but few, if any, have done so. A comparison between the 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze Hatch will show just how far out in front of the competition the Golf is. For the new model year, the 2018 Golf is available in two trims, features newly-designed LED daytime running lights and will be covered by the new People First Warranty. Customers who would like to know more about the 2018 Golf should make an appointment with a Spitzer Volkswagen Product Expert today.

The 2018 VW Golf holds a few important advantages over the 2018 Chevy Cruze Hatch. Entry-level versions of the 2018 Golf are powered by a turbocharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Spitzer Volkswagen will be able to choose between a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed. By comparison, the four-cylinder engine used by the current Chevy Cruze Hatch makes a little more than 150 horsepower. Fans of the Chevy hatchback will point to fuel economy advantages as a reason to choose it over the new Golf. However, when the extra performance is taken into account, the difference doesn't seem so important. Additionally, the 2018 VW Golf has more available cargo space than the Chevy Cruze Hatch; with up to 52.7 cu.-ft. available.


2018 VW Golf


2018 Cruze Hatch

Turbo., 1.8-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.4-L, 4-Cyl.
170/199 Horsepower/Torque 153/177
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed manual
52.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Space 47.2 cu.-ft.


Automatic Safety Systems

Volkswagen has made a very important upgrade to the safety profile of the 2018 VW Golf. Engineers for the automaker have included its Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The new safety feature automatically applies the brakes of the 2018 VW Golf when a collision is detected to slow or stop the vehicle's momentum from pushing the car into a potentially more dangerous situation. Also, the 2018 Golf has the VW Intelligent Crash Response System which will automatically shut off the fuel pump, unlock the Golf's doors and activate the hazard lights in the event of a crash.



A left profile photo of the 2018 VW Golf parked in front of a city skyline.
An interior photo of the driver and front passenger seat in the 2018 VW Golf.