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2006 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2006 Volkswagen Golf. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2006 Volkswagen Golf would be higher. At 2,400 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Buick LaCrosse is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (182 HP @ 6700 RPM) has 82 more horse power than 2006 Volkswagen Golf. (100 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2006 Volkswagen Golf. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 419 kg more than 2006 Volkswagen Golf. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2006 Volkswagen Golf is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2006 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, 2006 Volkswagen Golf (240 Nm @ 1800 RPM) has 7 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 Buick LaCrosse. (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM). This means 2006 Volkswagen Golf will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Compare all specifications:

2006 Volkswagen Golf 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Volkswagen Buick
Model Golf LaCrosse
Year Released 2006 2012
Body Type Hatchback Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1901 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 100 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 240 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 1800 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type 4WD Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1321 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4190 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1740 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1450 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Consumption 5.5 L/100km 6.5 L/100km
Fuel Consumption City 6.5 L/100km 9.4 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 59 L


 

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