Performance models in the Phoenix area now come in all shapes and sizes. No longer are drivers forced to stick with full-size or mid-size sedans. Hatchbacks are hotter than ever with models like the new 2016 Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R, but drivers are faced with a tough decision. Which hot hatch is the better buy? The best way to decide is to compare the two models side-by-side.

2016 Ford Focus RS vs. Volkswagen Golf R: Performance

Both the new 2016 Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R are built to perform. These two models are AWD capable with 6-speed manual transmissions and four-cylinder engines, but that's where the similarities end.

2016 Ford Focus RS vs. Volkswagen Golf R: Interior


With similar interior cabin sizes, the differences between the 2016 Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R are in the details. Interior design appeals more to personal taste, but the Ford Focus RS delivers several features on the inside that aren't included on the VW Golf R.

  • The Focus RS comes with a power moonroof. The Golf R doesn't offer a moonroof feature.
  • The 2016 Focus RS offers a heated steering wheel, while the Golf R comes with a standard steering wheel.
  • The Focus RS delivers a 10-speaker audio system from Sony with a subwoofer included. The VW Golf R comes with an 8-speaker audio system.
  • The Focus RS provides unique badging with Racing Sport logos and performance-inspired interior elements.
  • Both sport models include dual-zone climate control.

2016 Ford Focus RS vs. Volkswagen Golf R: Exterior

Exterior design on the new Ford Focus RS is built for performance with an updated design, while it's been years since Volkswagen has refreshed the Golf. The 2016 Ford Focus RS incorporates several features built for the track on a vehicle produced for the road.

  • Body color door handles, mirrors, and rocker moldings
  • HID automatic headlamps with LED lighting and cornering functionality
  • Aerodynamic front fascia and grille designed to create zero lift for optimal handling
  • Specially designed RS fog lamps
  • Integrated RS rear spoiler

The new Ford Focus RS comes with a $36,605 MSRP, while the Golf R starts with a $36,470 MSRP. For less than $200 more, the Focus RS delivers more power, a sport-minded interior, and an exterior engineered to complement the impressive powertrain. Any driver in the Phoenix area looking to add some excitement to their garage needs to visit our Ford dealership to test drive the 2016 Focus RS.

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