Compare Volkswagen GTI vs. Buick Verano vs. Nissan Leaf

Compare the Volkswagen GTI against the Buick Verano and Nissan Leaf. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the GTI, Verano and Leaf stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new GTI, Verano and Leaf. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Volkswagen GTI 2012 Buick Verano 2011 Nissan Leaf
2012 Volkswagen GTI 2012 Buick Verano 2011 Nissan Leaf
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 4dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB DSG
  • 4dr HB DSG
  • 2dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 2dr HB Man w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 4dr HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 2dr HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 4dr HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi
  • 2dr HB Man Autobahn
  • 4dr HB Man Autobahn
  • 2dr HB DSG Autobahn
  • 4dr HB DSG Autobahn
4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn Convenience Group
  • 4dr Sdn Leather Group
4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SL
  • 4dr HB SL-e


MSRP $23,995 $22,585 $32,780
Invoice $23,035 $21,682 $31,394
Avg. Paid $16,268 $13,300 $10,993

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.8 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.3 8.0 8.9
Performance 8.5 7.7 8.0
Interior 9.1 8.1 8.0
Cost to Own 9.0 9.4 9.8
Safety 9.7 10.0 9.3
Reliability 2.0 4.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • First-rate interior materials
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Responsive turbocharged engine
  • Great fuel economy
  • Large trunk
  • Comfortable, composed ride
  • Many standard interior features
  • Good safety ratings
  • Drives like a gas-only car
  • Some rivals have stronger engines
  • Limited highway passing power
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Little cargo space
  • Sloppy steering

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl 2.4L/145 Electric
MPG 21 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 32 Hwy N/A



Body Style Hatchback Sedan 4 Door Hatchback


Wheelbase(in) 101.5 105.7 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 183.9 175.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 71.4 69.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 58.4 61.0
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3034 3300 3366

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks
Steel Wheels
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Optional
Keyless Start Standard
Luggage Rack
Rear Parking Aid
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps
Rear Seat Heat Ducts
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 93.5 95.0 98.3
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 38.3 41.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.0 42.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.6 55.1 54.4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.7 51.5
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.8 37.3
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 34.3 31.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 52.9 52.5
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 51.9 50.0
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0 24.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.0
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer Optional
HD Radio
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat
Power Passenger Seat
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor Standard
High Output
Rotary engine
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas/Ethanol 4-cyl Electric
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.4L/145
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 5100-6000 180 @ 6700 107 @ - TBD -
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ 1800-5000 171 @ 4900 207 @ - TBD -
Transmission Manual Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Turning diameter 35.8 36.0 34.1


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System Standard
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Optional
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 32
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.6


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Z-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear


Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Standard
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual
6-Speed Manual Standard
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.