2018 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2018 Ford Taurus SHO

2018 Volkswagen Golf R vs 2018 Ford Taurus SHO

The 2019 Ford Mustang is a very powerful performance model. However, it sacrifices a great deal of practicality and comfort to achieve that power. A different Ford model to provide a great deal of power while balancing luxury and convenience as well is the 2018 Ford Taurus, more specifically the SHO trim level. It is that model that we’re going to compare today against the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R performance hatchback.

As a performance hatchback, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is equipped with a lot of power and performance features, comes with standard all-wheel drive, and still has plenty of cargo space for versatility. Meanwhile, the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO has less power than the Mustang but more seating, cargo room, cabin space, and convenience features. Both models aim for the whole package, so which is the better buy?

2018 Volkswagen Golf R


2018 Ford Taurus SHO

4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive Trim Level Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive
6-Speed Manual Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
24 MPG Combined Fuel Economy 22 MPG
$39,875 Starting MSRP $42,865

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Oneonta, NY

In terms of practicality, the 2018 VW Golf R and the 2018 Ford Taurus SHO both wins points. These hatchback and sedan builds respectively have distinct advantages over roadsters that often focus exclusively on performance. However, the baseline 2018 VW Golf R does have a better fuel economy and a lower starting price than the upper-tier Taurus SHO trim level. The baseline 2018 Ford Taurus trim level is far cheaper, but in turn sacrifices many great features like the following found with the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R:

  • 0 to 60 MPH in 4.8 Seconds
  • Available 7-Speed DSG® Automatic Transmission with TipTronic®
  • DCC® Adaptive Chassis Control
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Park Distance Control
  • Leather Seating Sport Seats
  • Dual Exhaust with Quad Tips
  • LED Headlights, Taillights, and DRL
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Guide & Inform
  • Fender® Premium Audio
  • Performance Monitor and Driving Mode Selection
  • Pedestrian Monitoring
  • And More!

Feel like testing out the power, performance, and handling of a 2018 VW Golf R model? Give us a call here at VW Oneonta to learn more and to schedule a test drive. The Volkswagen Oneonta dealership is located in Oneonta, New York within Otsego County.