Just because you’re purchasing a smaller car doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice power, comfort, or safety.

Both the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Honda Fit are formidable vehicles with plenty of amenities. But which can Rome, Utica, and Manlius drivers turn to when they want to get their money’s worth?

In this comparison, our team at Nye Volkswagen of Rome will examine the specifications and features of both vehicles, so that you can see for yourself which is the best fit.

Big Performance in a Small Package

Even when the frame is a little bit smaller, you should always expect to find something big under the hood of your vehicle. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf comes equipped with a 1.8L inline 4-cylinder engine. Thanks to enhancements like turbocharging and intercooling, the VW Golf is able to generate 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque.

Performance is noticeably downgraded in the 2017 Honda Fit. While it does include an inline 4-cylinder of its own, it lacks the other powertrain enhancements that boost the Volkswagen Golf performance. For this reason, the Fit can only produce up to 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.

Without that extra power in your Honda Fit, there’s a good chance you might be left in the dust.

2017 Volkswagen Golf vs 2017 Honda Fit: Interior Amenities

If you plan on taking your car on some adventures, then it also needs to contain plenty of cargo space. While the Honda Fit only includes 16.6 cubic feet, the Volkswagen Golf offers drivers a spacious 22.8 cubic feet to work with.

The VW Golf also offers a much wider variety of interior entertainments, starting with a robust 8-speaker audio system. This system includes not only the Volkswagen Car-Net® suite, which makes phone integration easy, but an SD Card Reader, too. With this feature, you’ll have far more music at your disposal.

Entertainment is clearly not a priority in the Fit. Its speaker system literally cuts the competition’s in half, offering only four. And outside of USB and Bluetooth®, it offers no other useful media features.

Safety You Can Rely On

The greatest testament to any vehicle’s safety is the commendations that it earns. And while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn’t seen the Fit deserving of any awards, it grants the Volkswagen Golf a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK.

This honor is earned in large part due to the vehicle’s reinforced safety cage, which includes a crash optimized front and pedal controls. Anti-intrusion side door beams have also been added to fortify the vehicle.

While the Fit does include front and rear crumple zones, it lacks the other fortifications that can be found in the competition. For this reason, it may be unable to stand up to collisions with the same strength.

Volkswagen Golf vs Honda Fit Review

Time and time again, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf proves that size is by no means a measure of a vehicle’s quality. The 2017 Honda Fit, on the other hand, fails to defy this stereotype.

Rome, Utica, and Manlius drivers who’d like to learn more about the Volkswagen Golf should contact our team at Nye Volkswagen of Rome. We’re happy to sit down and discuss the details a bit more.