VW Golf VII GTI TCR VS Ford Focus ST MK4

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.






ModelVW Golf VII GTI (facelift) TCRFord Focus ST MK4
Engine Displacement1984 cm32264 cm3
Fuel SystemDirect and Port InjectionDirect Injection
Power (hp)290280
Power (kw)213206
Power (@rpm)@5400-6400 rpm@5500 rpm
Torque (Nm)380420
Torque (@rpm)@1800-5300 rpm@3000-4000 rpm
0-100km/h5,6 sec5,7 sec
Top Speed (km/h)260 km/h250 km/h
Top Speed (mph)162 mph155 mph
Consumption (lt/100km)6,77,9
CO2 (g/km)151 g/km179 g/km
Gearbox7 AT6 MT / 7 AT
Weight1410 kg1508 kg
Length4258 mm4388 mm
Width1799 mm1979 mm
Height1492 mm1458 mm
Wheelbase2626 mm2700 mm
Front Track1534 mm1567 mm
Rear Track1549 mm1556 mm
Boot Space380375
Tire Size235/35 R19235/35 R19
Front Brakes340 mm Ventilated Discs330 mm Ventilated Discs
Rear Brakes310 mm Ventilated Discs302 mm Discs

So which one would you prefer;

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