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2008 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

To start off, 2008 Volkswagen Golf is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle would be higher. At 1,984 cc (4 cylinders), 2008 Volkswagen Golf is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle (115 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 1 more horse power than 2008 Volkswagen Golf. (114 HP @ 5200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle should accelerate faster than 2008 Volkswagen Golf. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Volkswagen Golf weights approximately 84 kg more than 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle.

Both vehicles are front wheel drive (FWD). Which offers better traction when its slippery than rear wheel drive vehicles. 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 (170 Nm) has 4 more torque (in Nm) than 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle. (166 Nm). This means 2008 Volkswagen Golf will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Volkswagen Golf 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle
Make Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model Golf New Beetle
Year Released 2008 2004
Body Type Hatchback Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1984 cc 1968 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 114 HP 115 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 170 Nm 166 Nm
Engine Bore Size 82.5 mm 83 mm
Engine Stroke Size 92.8 mm 93 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.5:1 10.0:1
Drive Type Front Front
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1284 kg 1200 kg
Vehicle Length 4400 mm 4100 mm
Vehicle Width 1740 mm 1730 mm
Vehicle Height 1490 mm 1510 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2680 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 8 L/100km 8.7 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 55 L


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