In this rivalry, we compare two of the class-leading C-Segment hot hatches – the VW Golf VII GTI (facelift) TCR and the Ford Focus ST MK4. Both models are the flagship versions in terms of FWD performance, sporty setup and styling.
The racing-inspired VW Golf VII GTI TCR is based on the seventh generation of the Golf which launched back in 2012, even though the platform has received numerous updates since then. With the Golf VIII GTI just around the corner (scheduled to be unveiled in 2020), the TCR is considered to be the swan song of this generation and the ultimate FWD Golf to date.
The Ford Focus ST MK4, on the other hand, was launched in 2019, a year after the reveal of the all-new fourth-generation Focus. Like its predecessor, it is available with petrol and diesel engines, and five-door hatchback or station wagon bodystyles. The car features improved performance thanks to the larger 2,3-liter engine inherited from the Ford Focus RS MK3.
So now we know the basics, let’s start with a design battle and then we can move on to the official specifications.
|Model||VW Golf VII GTI (facelift) TCR||Ford Focus ST MK4|
|Engine Displacement||1984 cm3||2264 cm3|
|Fuel System||Direct and Port Injection||Direct Injection|
|Power (@rpm)||@5400-6400 rpm||@5500 rpm|
|Torque (@rpm)||@1800-5300 rpm||@3000-4000 rpm|
|0-100km/h||5,6 sec||5,7 sec|
|Top Speed (km/h)||260 km/h||250 km/h|
|Top Speed (mph)||162 mph||155 mph|
|CO2 (g/km)||151 g/km||179 g/km|
|Gearbox||7 AT||6 MT / 7 AT|
|Weight||1410 kg||1508 kg|
|Length||4258 mm||4388 mm|
|Width||1799 mm||1979 mm|
|Height||1492 mm||1458 mm|
|Wheelbase||2626 mm||2700 mm|
|Front Track||1534 mm||1567 mm|
|Rear Track||1549 mm||1556 mm|
|Tire Size||235/35 R19||235/35 R19|
|Front Brakes||340 mm Ventilated Discs||330 mm Ventilated Discs|
|Rear Brakes||310 mm Ventilated Discs||302 mm Discs|
So which one would you prefer;