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2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$40,006
12 listings nationwide
3 GREAT deals
1 GOOD deals

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2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$36,698
7 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

Volkswagen introduces a number of changes to keep the Golf R fresh for 2019. Exclusive styling elements for the 2019 Golf R include new 19-inch alloy wheels, black brake calipers with...

2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
Kyree Williams Preview:

Introduced as Ford’s answer to compact global cars, the Focus hit the market in the late 90s to critical acclaim. The Focus remained largely unchanged until the third-generation releas...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
GuruSNZLZ writes:
Good at all..just not the best.
Would Buy Ranked 2017 Ford Focus ST worse.
"The all wheel drive is the cherry on top. This car will get you home in any situation."
Guru14LVR writes:
Power Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Power "
Handling Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Handling "
DviusMusic writes:
Front Seats Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"Napa Leather."
Would Buy Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"All the added options like AWD and Leather and the warranty makes it worth the extra $7,000 or so"
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
Josh writes:
The car drives like its on rails when driving in the canyons but where I live the roads are terrible and the r...
Value Ranked 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD better.
"The interior and it does not have major recalls like the focus rs. Although the 2018 models I believe addressed the gasket issues."
Would Buy Ranked 2018 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD better.
"It fits my lifestyle better. I think the golf r is a better daily commuter than the focus. The focus is more fun but as an everyday car I dont think it surpasses the golf"
10
GuruWY277 writes:
This car is the most over achieving car I have ever owned. I am on new car number 38 in the last 30 years. Mo...
Power Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD better.
"Engine just has more power which makes it faster in a straight line although it cannot compete with the 4 wheel drive and tenacious grip of the Focus RS"
Handling Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"Steering feel is better and it just grips the corners like a Honey Badger. I have taken both on my favorite twisty roads (I live in an area with amazing deserted twisty roads) and the Focus out handles the M4 easily. Much faster through the corners, the tighter the faster, with a much more confidence inspiring feel. The only place the M4 was better is highway ride or rough road conditions in general. Smoother. But as far as sports car handling the Focus RS is in an entirely different category."
Looks/Style Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"It is just more unique looking, paint jumps out as special compared to M4, aggressive stance. You have to look at the M4 fairly closely to be able to tell it is not a regular 4 Series coupe. The Ford Focus will never be mistaken for anything but a Ford Focus RS."
Front Seats Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The Recaro seats just have better support and feel."
Back Seats Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The Focus has 4 doors giving it an advantage but the seats are also larger and more usable."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The back seats are bigger and the hatch space is more versatile. "
Family Car Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"Four doors and the space afforded by the hatch design. Much more flexible and convenient. Also the 4 wheel drive makes it much more capable in wet weather and snowy conditions."
Value Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"The Focus RS has much better handling and steering feel compared to the M4 and 80% of its straight line speed and equal braking at a little over 1/2 the price. I guess it lacks the prestige of the M badge but when you are driving it you dont care and you get just as many looks and thumps ups."
Would Buy Ranked 2015 BMW M4 Coupe RWD worse.
"Better handling, steering and 80%+ of its straight line speed with quality overall approaching the M4 at just over 1/2 the price."
5
AaronTV writes:
The Focus RS is a lovely mix of fun and practicality. Its a great year round hot hatch that owns snowy roads w...
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2018 Honda Civic Type R better.
"The Civic Type R has a wider hatch opening and more overall cargo volume. "
Would Buy Ranked 2018 Honda Civic Type R worse.
"I live in Wisconsin and the Focus RS does a better job year round due to its AWD and amenities like heated seats and steering wheel. If I lived in a year-round warm climate Id probably pick the Type R. "

Specs

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback
Powertrain 6-Speed Manual
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
21 MPG
23 MPG
19 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
29 MPG
30 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 14.5 gal 13.7 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
350 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
350 lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.6:1
9.6:1
9.5:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,300 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.44 in x 3.67 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.2 in 43.1 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 33.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 22.8 cu ft 19.9 cu ft
Maximum Payload 959 lbs --
Exterior
Length 168.4 in 171.7 in
Width 70.8 in 80.5 in
Height 56.5 in 58 in
Wheelbase 103.5 in 104.3 in

Available Options

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD

Exterior Colors

  • 91 Blue
  • Anthracite Metallic
  • Azure Blue Pearl
  • Bordeaux Red Pearl
  • Caribbean
  • Caribbean Green
  • Cliff Green
  • Copper Orange Metallic
  • Curry Yellow
  • Dark Burgundy Pearl
  • Dark Violet Pearl
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Dust Gray
  • FUTURA Yellow Metallic
  • GINSTER Yellow
  • Graphite Metallic
  • Hot Chili Pearl
  • Ice Blue
  • Indium Gray Metallic
  • Inky Blue Pearl
  • Irish Green
  • Jazz Blue Pearl
  • Lapiz Blue Metallic
  • Magma Orange
  • Mars Red
  • Mocha Anthracite Metallic
  • Moss Green Metallic
  • Mystic Blue Pearl
  • NOGARO Blue Pearl
  • Oryx White Pearl
  • Oxide Red
  • Prussian Blue Metallic
  • Racing Green
  • Raspberry Red
  • Reseda Green
  • SARANTOS TURQOUISE
  • Slate Gray
  • Squirrel Gray
  • Star Blue Metallic
  • TNT Orange
  • Techno Blue Pearl
  • Tornado Red
  • Traffic Purple
  • Violet Touch Pearl
  • Viper Green Metallic

Option Packages

  • VW SPEKTRUM
2018 Ford Focus RS
Hatchback

Exterior Colors

  • Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat
  • Race Red

Option Packages

  • Power Moonroof
  • Tires: 19" Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 Summer Track

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