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2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Honda
Civic Si

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2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$25,200 to $25,400
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$28,695 to $36,945
Invoice* $23,405 to $23,590 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 26 23
MPG - Hwy 36 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
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Golf GTI than the Honda Civic Si, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Honda Civic Si, drivers may find the Volkswagen Golf GTI a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
The Honda Civic Si will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Si 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 Si and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Civic Si is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. If you go with the Honda Civic Si, 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 Si 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 Si has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Honda Civic Si has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Honda Civic Si and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Honda Civic Si has significantly less cargo room than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

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