Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Versa VS 2017 Volkswagen Golf Near Gray, GA

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2017 Nissan Versa

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2017 Volkswagen Golf

Safety Comparison

Both the Versa Sedan and the Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Volkswagen Golf:


Versa Sedan





4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Versa Sedan is safer than the Volkswagen Golf:


Versa Sedan



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

785 lbs.

834 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 77 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Versa Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Versa Sedan’s reliability will be 41% better than the Golf.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Versa Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Golf:



Versa Sedan




1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

27 city/36 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Manual


1.6 4 cyl./CVT

31 city/39 hwy

25 city/35 hwy

1.8 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Versa Sedan SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Golf doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Versa Sedan’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Golf’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Volkswagen Golf.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Versa Sedan has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Golf uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Versa Sedan SL is quieter than the Golf S (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Versa Sedan has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear legroom than the Golf.

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Versa Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Versa Sedan’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Golf doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Golf because it costs $495 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Versa Sedan than the Golf, including $248 less for a water pump, $135 less for an alternator, $283 less for a starter, $226 less for front struts and $114 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $4697 to $18874 less than for the Volkswagen Golf.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Versa outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by 75% during the 2016 model year.

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