2015 Volkswagen Golf vs 2015 Toyota Corolla

2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 Toyota Corolla

2015 Toyota Corolla


The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is the most awarded car of the year, so Palm Coast and Port Orange drivers shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it offers far more than the 2015 Toyota Corolla. We conducted an exhaustive comparison to highlight just how much more you’ll receive when you drive a new Golf.

Trim Levels and Price

2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 Volkswagen Golf

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is available in five trim levels.

  • Launch Edition: Starting at $17,995, the Launch Edition is available in either a four-door or two-door configuration, and offers a touchscreen sound system, heated side mirrors, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
  • S: Starting at $19,295, the S is also offered in either four-door or two-door. It upgrades comfort with V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces and utilizes a multi-function steering wheel for enhanced control.
  • S w/Sunroof: Starting at $21,295, this stunning model opens up your drive to the great outdoors using a panoramic sunroof.
  • SE: Starting at $24,895, the SE is all about premium technology. Your music is pumped through the 9 crystal-clear speakers of a Fender premium audio system, and a rearview camera is fitted for convenient reversing.
  • SEL: Starting at $28,395, the SEL includes a cutting-edge touchscreen navigation system as standard, making missed meetings a thing of the pass.

The 2015 Toyota Corolla comes in just four models and is aimed more at budget drivers.

  • L: Available for a minimum of $16,950, the L model includes LED Daytime Running Lights and 15-inch wheels.
  • LE: Starting at $18,565, the LE adds climate control and a three-spoke steering wheel.
  • LE Eco: Starting at $18,965, this model adds ECO driving modes to help you save money on fuel.
  • S: Starting at $19,195, your upper-level Corolla includes a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and a leather steering wheel.

It’s true that the Corolla costs less — but this is a situation where you truly get what you pay for.

Powertrains and MPG

2015 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen has always valued driver choice, so they’ve made the 2015 Golf available with two separate engines.

  • 1.8L 4-cylinder TSI: Putting you in command of 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, the standard engine boasts strong performance, but still returns 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
  • 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel: This optional diesel engine is ultra-efficient, allowing for 30 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, all while generating 150 hp and an incredible 236 lb-ft of torque.

The 2015 Toyota Corolla comes with just one engine, though it is offered in two different versions. As standard, it offers 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, so acceleration and performance is inferior to the Golf. The Eco mode creates a little more power, taking ratings to 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. Efficiency peaks at 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. Whether in terms of power or fuel-economy, you’ll be far better off in a Golf.


56 independent automotive journalists agreed that the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI fully deserved to be named the North American Car of the Year, and a huge part of that was down to the comfortable interior.

Unlike the 2015 Toyota Corolla, this isn’t a vehicle that sacrifices passenger room for cargo space. In fact, while still enjoying 93.5 cubic feet for all occupants to stretch out and relax in, the Golf provides a sprawling 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space – significantly more than the 13 cubic feet of cargo room provided in the trunk of the Corolla.

Comfort and Convenience Features

2015 Volkswagen Golf

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf isn’t just roomier than the 2015 Toyota Corolla — it’s also far better equipped. Palm Coast and Port Orange drivers will find numerous features as standard in the Golf that are unavailable in all Corolla trims, including:

  • Remote Keyless Entry: Makes for easy access to the vehicle, even when you’re only stepping out the door.
  • Eight-Speaker Sound System: Controlled from a 5.8-inch touchscreen color display, this system offers twice the power of the Corolla’s 4-speaker alternative.
  • Variably Intermittent Wipers: Even flexible wiper modes don’t come as standard on the old-fashioned Corolla.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-Month Trial Subscription: Enjoy complimentary access to commercial-free music.

Safety Features

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf includes numerous safety devices as standard, including:

  • Anti-lock disc brakes
  • Stability and traction control
  • Front side, side curtain, and driver knee airbags

Maybe that might be why it was awarded a top score of “Good” in every crash test conducted by the IIHS, unlike the 2015 Toyota Corolla. The Golf was also named a Top Safety Pick by the NHTSA, an honor not given to the Corolla.

Test Drive the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Near Palm Coast and Port Orange

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf offers superior power, efficiency, cargo space, safety, and standard features to the 2015 Toyota Corolla. To experience it for yourself, contact the Daytona Auto Mall today.

2015 Volkswagen Golf 2015 Toyota Corolla
CheckmarkMaximum efficiency of 45 mpg on the highway Maximum efficiency of 42 mpg on the highway
CheckmarkAvailable diesel engine No diesel option
Checkmark22.8 cubic feet of cargo space 13 cubic feet of cargo space
CheckmarkStandard 8-speaker audio system Standard 4-speaker audio system