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2009 Dodge Charger vs. 2003 Volkswagen Golf

To start off, 2009 Dodge Charger is newer by 6 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Volkswagen Golf. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Volkswagen Golf would be higher. At 3,518 cc (6 cylinders), 2009 Dodge Charger is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 Dodge Charger (250 HP @ 6400 RPM) has 137 more horse power than 2003 Volkswagen Golf. (113 HP @ 5400 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2009 Dodge Charger should accelerate faster than 2003 Volkswagen Golf. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 Dodge Charger weights approximately 587 kg more than 2003 Volkswagen Golf. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2009 Dodge Charger is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2009 Dodge Charger. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Volkswagen Golf, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. 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, 2009 Dodge Charger (339 Nm @ 3800 RPM) has 167 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Volkswagen Golf. (172 Nm @ 3200 RPM). This means 2009 Dodge Charger will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Volkswagen Golf. 2009 Dodge Charger has automatic transmission and 2003 Volkswagen Golf has manual transmission. 2003 Volkswagen Golf will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 Dodge Charger will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Dodge Charger 2003 Volkswagen Golf
Make Dodge Volkswagen
Model Charger Golf
Year Released 2009 2003
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3518 cc 1984 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type V in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 250 HP 113 HP
Engine RPM 6400 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 339 Nm 172 Nm
Torque RPM 3800 RPM 3200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1692 kg 1105 kg
Vehicle Length 5090 mm 4148 mm
Vehicle Width 1900 mm 1735 mm
Vehicle Height 1480 mm 1440 mm
Wheelbase Size 3050 mm 2512 mm


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