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2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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2021 Honda
Civic Type R

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2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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MSRP*
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$37,895 to $43,995
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$28,695 to $36,945
Invoice* $35,324 to $41,002 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 22 23
MPG - Hwy 28 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 4 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**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 GTI 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 GTI.

Convenience
The Volkswagen Golf GTI requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Honda Civic Type R, 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). The Honda Civic Type R is somewhat more expensive than 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 Type R and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Civic Type R is much wider than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, 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 GTI.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Honda Civic Type R transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Honda Civic Type R has a significantly larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, 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 GTI. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
The Honda Civic Type R has less seating than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making the Volkswagen Golf GTI the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Honda Civic Type R 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 Type R is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.