Compare Volkswagen Golf vs. Mini Cooper vs. Ford Focus

Compare the Volkswagen Golf against the Mini Cooper and Ford Focus. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Golf, Cooper and Focus stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Golf, Cooper and Focus. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2013 Volkswagen Golf 2012 Mini Cooper 2013 Ford Focus
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2dr HB Man PZEV
  • 2dr HB Man PZEV
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv PZEV *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr HB Auto PZEV
  • 4dr HB Auto PZEV
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv PZEV *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv PZEV
  • 2dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr HB Auto w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV
  • 2dr HB Man TDI *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav
  • 4dr HB Man TDI w/Tech Pkg *Ltd Avail*
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg
  • 2dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 2dr HB w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 4dr HB w/Sunroof & Navi
2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe S
  • 2dr
  • 2dr S
  • 2dr Cpe John Cooper Works
  • 2dr John Cooper Works
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB ST
  • 5dr HB Titanium


MSRP $18,095 $19,500 $16,200
Invoice $17,371 $17,550 $15,269
Avg. Paid $13,284 $15,918 $13,252

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 7.8 8.1
Critics' Rating 8.9 9.0 9.3
Performance 8.0 8.4 8.4
Interior 8.6 6.4 7.5
Cost to Own 8.9 8.9 9.2
Safety 9.7 9.0 9.0
Reliability 3.0 2.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • Efficient, lively diesel model
  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Composed handling
  • Athletic handling
  • Good gas mileage
  • Athletic handling
  • Attractive cabin materials
  • Good fuel economy
  • Base model’s poor fuel economy
  • Firm ride
  • Cramped back seat
  • Small cargo hold
  • Large turning radius
  • Complicated infotainment system

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I5 2.5L/151 Turbocharged Gas I4 1.6L/98 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 23 City / 33 Hwy 29 City / 37 Hwy 26 City / 36 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door HB Coupe Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 101.500 97.1 104.3
Length, Overall (in) 165.400 146.6 178.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.300 66.3 71.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.300 55.4 57.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Panoramic Roof Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2968 2535 2907

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Optional Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Optional Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Optional Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93 - TBD - 90.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.300 38.8 38.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.200 41.7 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.700 50.3 55.6
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 53.9
Second Head Room (in) 38.500 37.6 38
Second Leg Room (in) 35.500 27.9 33.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.800 44.7 53.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 52.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 24.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.2


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I5 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/151 1.6L/98 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 5700 121 @ 6000 160 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 177 @ 4250 114 @ 4250 146 @ 4450
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.700 35.1 36


Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Optional
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 29 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 37 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.500 13.2 12.4


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Automatic Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.