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2009 Chevrolet Nubira vs. 2012 Volkswagen Golf

To start off, 2012 Volkswagen Golf is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2009 Chevrolet Nubira would be higher. At 2,500 cc (5 cylinders), 2012 Volkswagen Golf is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Volkswagen Golf (170 HP @ 5700 RPM) has 62 more horse power than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. (108 HP @ 6300 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Volkswagen Golf should accelerate faster than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Volkswagen Golf weights approximately 33 kg more than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. 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 Volkswagen Golf (240 Nm @ 4250 RPM) has 90 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira. (150 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2012 Volkswagen Golf will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Chevrolet Nubira.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Chevrolet Nubira 2012 Volkswagen Golf
Make Chevrolet Volkswagen
Model Nubira Golf
Year Released 2009 2012
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1598 cc 2500 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 5 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 108 HP 170 HP
Engine RPM 6300 RPM 5700 RPM
Torque 150 Nm 240 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 4250 RPM
Drive Type Front Front
Transmission Type Manual 5-speed manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1313 kg 1346 kg
Vehicle Length 4570 mm 4199 mm
Vehicle Width 1730 mm 1786 mm
Vehicle Height 1460 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2610 mm 2578 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L 55 L


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