2003 Scion xB vs. 2008 Volkswagen Golf

To start off, 2008 Volkswagen Golf is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Scion xB. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Scion xB would be higher. At 1,895 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Volkswagen Golf is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Volkswagen Golf (128 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 22 more horse power than 2003 Scion xB. (106 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Volkswagen Golf should accelerate faster than 2003 Scion xB. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Volkswagen Golf weights approximately 244 kg more than 2003 Scion xB. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2008 Volkswagen Golf is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2003 Scion xB. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Volkswagen Golf will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2008 Volkswagen Golf (310 Nm @ 1900 RPM) has 168 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Scion xB. (142 Nm @ 4200 RPM). This means 2008 Volkswagen Golf will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Scion xB.

Compare all specifications:

2003 Scion xB 2008 Volkswagen Golf
Make Scion Volkswagen
Model xB Golf
Year Released 2003 2008
Body Type Hatchback Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 1895 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 106 HP 128 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 142 Nm 310 Nm
Torque RPM 4200 RPM 1900 RPM
Engine Bore Size 76 mm 79.5 mm
Engine Stroke Size 84 mm 95.5 mm
Fuel Type Gasoline Diesel
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1110 kg 1354 kg
Vehicle Length 3950 mm 4400 mm
Vehicle Width 1700 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1650 mm 1490 mm
Wheelbase Size 2510 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 55 L


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