2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2018 Honda Civic

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI parked on top of a parking garage vs 2018 Honda Civic parked in a white room

For many drivers, the hatchback is a sporty alternative to a sedan or a crossover. You get the lithe and nimble performance of a small car with the interior space of an SUV. Of course, when looking at a hatchback there is plenty to consider, and with plenty of different models to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best fit for your needs. When you're not entirely sure which vehicle is the best option for you, the best thing to do is compare it to another model. For example, comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs the 2018 Honda Civic lets you determine which one has the performance and space options that you need.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI


2018 Honda Civic

2.0L four-cylinder Base engine 1.5L four-cylinder
220 hp Base engine horsepower 174 hp
6-years/72,000-miles Bumper to Bumper Warranty 3-years/36,000-miles
53.7 cu.ft. Maximum cargo volume 46.2 cu.ft.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI advantages

When it comes to performance, drivers who are looking for a hatchback often want the vehicle that will give them the most power. Both the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI and the 2018 Honda Civic hatchback have a base engine that provides high-powered fun, with no need for additional options. On the 2018 Honda Civic, your performance results vary from trim level to trim level, with the 1.5L four-cylinder engine that will produce either 174 or 180 horsepower and 167 or 177 pound-feet of torque. Both of these options are still less powerful than the 2.0L four-cylinder engine offered on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI, which clocks in with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The last thing that you want to think about after you buy a new vehicle is something bad happening to it. However, it is important to be protected in case something should end up not working a couple of years down the line. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf CTI is part of the People First Warranty offered by Volkswagen. With this warranty, drivers are able to remain confident in their vehicle for up to 6-years or 72,000 miles. This is well above that of the 2018 Honda Civic, which only offers 3-years or 36,000-miles of bumper to bumper protection. The 2018 Honda Civic steps it up on the powertrain, where they provide 5-years or 60,000 miles, but the 2018 Volkswagen GTI still comes out ahead with the 6-years or 72,000 miles powertrain warranty that is part of People First. To learn more about your warranty options, or to take the 2018 Volkswagen GTI out for a test drive, visit Elgin Volkswagen in Elgin, IL.

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