We are going to be taking a look at two of the most popular and best-selling models that the world has ever seen: the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf. Which model would be the best vehicle to lease for those wanting a compact/small family car?
With a host of awards between them, as well as countless models sold, this will truly be a battle of the motor titans – but which would you recommend to personal and business leasing customers?
Without further ado, let’s have a look at both of the vehicles and let you decide which the better model is.
First introduced to the global market back in 1998, the Ford Focus is currently battling with the Vauxhall Corsa for the honour of being the second best-selling model in the UK every month and in the year to date.
The Ford Focus is a compact car that is fantastic to drive and features a brilliant range of engines and plenty of gadgets to keep tech-savvy drivers happy.
CarBuyer.co.uk says that “the latest Ford Focus proves that family hatchbacks can be fun to drive and is definitely the best to date”.
The Ford Focus is available in numerous trim levels, from the entry level ‘Studio’ model, to upgraded ‘Edge’ versions, enhanced ‘Zetec’ variants and range-topping ‘Titanium’ specifications – with ‘Econectic’ versions of all but the ‘Studio’ trim.
Engine sizes range from 1.0 litres to 2.0 litres, mated to a manual gearbox and utilising either petrol or diesel fuel.
Fuel economy varies from 45mpg to a more frugal 83mpg, with the fastest models able to complete the 0-62mph sprint in 7.9 seconds.
Depending on the model/trim level chosen, the chosen Ford Focus model will come equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth, DAB radio, heated windscreen, self-parking system and heated front seats.
Optional extras include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and a lane-departure warning.
In terms of safety equipment, every Ford Focus model comes with numerous airbags and electronic stability control, as well as ‘torque vectoring’ – which uses the ESP and brakes in order to distribute drive to the front wheel with the most traction.
Thanks to its numerous safety features, the Ford Focus managed to achieve a maximum five star crash test rating from Euro NCAP.
One of the most famous vehicles of all time, the multi award winning Volkswagen Golf has been at the forefront of the motoring industry since 1974.
The subcompact car from the German car manufacturer features decent practicality, high-quality interior and economical engines.
CarBuyer.co.uk spoke very highly of the vehicle, saying that “the VW Golf is quite possibly all the car you’ll ever need. It won’t help you stand out, but it is stylish, efficient and practical”.
The Volkswagen Golf has been the recipient of countless awards, with every generation having received at least one motoring award.
The most recent incarnation of the Volkswagen Golf, the Mk7 model, has managed to scoop both the prestigious ‘European Car of the Year’ and ‘World Car of the Year’ awards in 2013.
Volkswagen’s Golf vehicle is available in one of four trim levels, which are the entry level ‘S’ versions, upgraded ‘SE’ variants, further enhanced ‘BlueMotion’ models and the top of the range ‘GT’ specification.
The engine sizes in the Golf range vary from 1.2 litres to 2.0 litres, paired with a manual transmission and running on either petrol or diesel fuel – depending on the model/trim level chosen.
Fuel economy varies from 53mpg to a more economical 88mpg, with the fastest models able to complete the 0-62mph sprint in 8.6 seconds.
All Volkswagen Golf models come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and some form of air conditioning, with mid-range ‘SE’ models adding a smarter interior trim, alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control and automatic lights and wipers.
The range-topping ‘GT’ variants bring sportier styling and satellite navigation to the mix, while all models come with a host of safety features, such as stability control, driver’s knee airbag and twin front, side and curtain airbags as well.
As with the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf managed to score a perfect five star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
This article was written by Ant Bradshaw from LeasePlan Go, who specialise in personal and business vehicle leasing.