Greene Ford Compares 2015 Ford Mustang VS 2015 Volkswagen GTI Near Buford, GA

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2015 Ford Mustang

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2015 Volkswagen GTI

Safety Comparison

The Mustang Premium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The GTI doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mustang Premium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GTI doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Mustang has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GTI doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the GTI have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Ford Mustang weighs 421 to 757 pounds more than the Volkswagen GTI. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GTI doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in reliability. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang has more powerful engines than the GTI:

Horsepower

Torque

Mustang 3.7 DOHC V6

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Mustang ECOBoost 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

320 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

435 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

GTI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

210 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

GTI Performance Package 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

220 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mustang GT is faster than the GTI Performance Package (manual transmissions tested):

Mustang

GTI

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.4 sec

14.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

113 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

164 MPH

124 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Mustang ECOBoost is faster than the GTI Performance Package (automatics tested):

Mustang

GTI

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.5 sec

In a Road & Track race course test, the Ford Mustang GT Fastback was clocked 3.54 seconds faster than the Volkswagen GTI 4dr (56.81 sec. vs. 60.35 sec.) at an average lap speed 15 MPH faster (127.2 MPH vs. 112.2 MPH).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Mustang ECOBoost’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the GTI (15.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Mustang V6/GT’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the GTI (16 vs. 13.2 gallons).

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GTI doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GTI:

Mustang

Mustang GT

Mustang GT opt.

GTI

GTI Performance Package

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.9 inches

15 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

10.7 inches

12.2 inches

The Mustang stops much shorter than the GTI:

Mustang

GTI

70 to 0 MPH

149 feet

163 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang has larger standard tires than the GTI (235/55R17 vs. 224/40R18). The Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GTI (265/35R20 vs. 224/40R18).

The Mustang’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GTI’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mustang offers optional 20-inch wheels. The GTI’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GTI’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GTI doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the GTI (107.1 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 5.2 inches wider in the rear than on the GTI.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the GTI’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback handles at .96 G’s, while the GTI 2dr pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the GTI 2dr (24.7 seconds @ .84 average G’s vs. 26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Mustang ECOBoost uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GTI doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Fastback has 3.3 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front shoulder room than the GTI 2dr.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The GTI doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Mustang Premium, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The GTI doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mustang Premium’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GTI doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GTI does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left down on the Mustang the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the GTI can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Mustang’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The GTI S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Mustang has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The GTI has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/Autobahn.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The GTI doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang Premium’s standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The GTI doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang Premium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Contr4ol, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The GTI doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Mustang allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The GTI doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Mustang outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by almost three to one during the 2014 model year.

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