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2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf Review

Picture of the 2021 Honda Civic Type R

2021 Honda
Civic Type R

MSRP*: $37,895 to $43,995
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Volkswagen
Golf

MSRP*: $23,195 to $23,995
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Invoice* $35,324 to $41,002 $22,267
MPG - City 22 MPG 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 MPG 36 - 39 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 306-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 147-hp, 1.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission M/T 8-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 306 hp 147 hp
Exterior Length 179.4 in 167.6 in
Exterior Width 73.9 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.9 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 39.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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 Type R offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Volkswagen Golf with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Honda Civic Type R will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Golf you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Honda Civic Type R, due to its tank size and 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). The Honda Civic Type R will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Volkswagen Golf, which has a much lower MSRP. 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 Type R and the Volkswagen Golf have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Civic Type R is much wider than the Volkswagen Golf, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Honda Civic Type R, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Golf.

Handling
The Honda Civic Type R has a significantly larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Civic Type R has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Golf. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Honda Civic Type R does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf.

Utility
The Honda Civic Type R has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf, making the Volkswagen Golf the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

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