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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Honda Civic Review

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

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New 2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda
Civic

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MSRP*
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$28,595 to $36,495
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$21,050 to $28,950
Invoice* $27,452 to $35,034 $19,563 to $26,877
MPG - City 24 25 - 31
MPG - Hwy 32 35 - 40
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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 Volkswagen Golf GTI offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Honda Civic with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic in the front seats.

Convenience
The Honda Civic requires fewer visits to 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). The Volkswagen Golf GTI will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Honda Civic, 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 Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is about the same width as the Honda Civic. If you go with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Honda Civic.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is somewhat more powerful than the Honda Civic.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Honda Civic.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Volkswagen Golf GTI than that of the Honda Civic.