VW Golf MK2 GTI VS Ford Escort MK4 RS Turbo

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from the 80s – the VW Golf MK2 GTI and the Ford Escort MK4 RS Turbo. The first one was the segment leader – the mighty Golf GTI – while the second one was the most powerful version of its stronger competitor – the Ford Escort RS Turbo.

So lets start with a design battle before we move on to their specifications.





ModelVW Golf MK2 GTIFord Escort MK4 RS Turbo
Engine Displacement1781 cm31596 cm3
InductionNaturally AspiratedTurbocharged
Fuel SystemSingle Point InjectionSingle Point Injection
Power (hp)129132
Power (kw)9597
Power (@rpm)@5800 rpm@5750 rpm
Torque (Nm)168181
Torque (@rpm)@4250 rpm@2750 rpm
0-100km/h9,0 sec8,2 sec
Top Speed (km/h)200 km/h205 km/h
Top Speed (mph)124 mph127 mph
Consumption (lt/100km)9,08,6
CO2 (g/km)214 g/km
Gearbox5 MT5 MT
Weight960 kg980 kg
Length3985 mm4061 mm
Width1680 mm1650 mm
Height1405 mm1403 mm
Wheelbase2475 mm2402 mm
Front Track1430 mm1423 mm
Rear Track1420 mm1439 mm
Boot Space345 litres306 litres
Tire Size185/60 R14195/50 R15
Front Brakes256 mm Ventilated Discs260 mm Ventilated Discs
Rear Brakes226 mm Solid Discs203 mm Drums

So which one do you prefer;

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