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2021 Honda Civic vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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2021 Honda
Civic

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2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$22,200 to $29,400
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$28,695 to $36,945
Invoice* $21,172 to $27,417 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 29 - 31 23
MPG - Hwy 35 - 40 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Honda Civic offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Volkswagen Golf GTI with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Golf GTI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Honda Civic you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Honda Civic is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Civic is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. If you go with the Honda Civic, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Drivetrain
The Honda Civic has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Honda Civic has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Civic is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Honda Civic has less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Civic is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.