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2008 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2012 Buick LaCrosse

To start off, 2012 Buick LaCrosse is newer by 4 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2008 Volkswagen Golf. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2008 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 81 more horse power than 2008 Volkswagen Golf. (101 HP @ 5600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Buick LaCrosse should accelerate faster than 2008 Volkswagen Golf. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Buick LaCrosse weights approximately 565 kg more than 2008 Volkswagen Golf. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

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, 2012 Buick LaCrosse (233 Nm @ 4900 RPM) has 85 more torque (in Nm) than 2008 Volkswagen Golf. (148 Nm @ 3800 RPM). This means 2012 Buick LaCrosse will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2008 Volkswagen Golf. 2012 Buick LaCrosse has automatic transmission and 2008 Volkswagen Golf has manual transmission. 2008 Volkswagen Golf will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2012 Buick LaCrosse will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2008 Volkswagen Golf 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Make Volkswagen Buick
Model Golf LaCrosse
Year Released 2008 2012
Body Type Hatchback Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1594 cc 2400 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 101 HP 182 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 6700 RPM
Torque 148 Nm 233 Nm
Torque RPM 3800 RPM 4900 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline - Premium Gasoline / Electric Hybrid
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual 6-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1175 kg 1740 kg
Vehicle Length 4210 mm 5001 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1857 mm
Vehicle Height 1490 mm 1504 mm
Wheelbase Size 2590 mm 2837 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L 59 L


 

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