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Honda Civic vs. Volkswagen Golf

When comparing the Honda Civic to the Volkswagen Golf, the Honda Civic has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Volkswagen Golf has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. The Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf have the same overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Honda Civic versus the Volkswagen Golf, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Honda Civic versus Volkswagen Golf Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Honda Civic ranges from $22,485 to $43,723 while a used Volkswagen Golf from the same model year range is priced between $17,792 to $25,998.

Honda Civic versus Volkswagen Golf Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf is 8.7 out of 10. With both vehicles earning the same number they are extremely competitive in their vehicle segment. Honda Civic is ranked 6 out of 51 Best Small Cars and Volkswagen Golf is ranked 5 out of 51, with their respective reliability, retained value, and safety ratings used to break the tie, in that order.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Honda Civic’s base engine makes 158 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Golf base engine makes 147 horsepower. The Civic is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 446 miles. The Golf is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 515 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Honda Civic has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Volkswagen Golf has the advantage in the area of rear head room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Golf have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Honda Civic has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Honda Civic

2021 Volkswagen Golf

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$25,844 - $32,081

Used Asking Price:

$22,485 - $43,723

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

36%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

-

Used Asking Price:

$17,792 - $25,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

8.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 51
6 / 51
7 / 51
9 / 51

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 12
4 / 51
5 / 51
5 / 51
13 / 51

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Sport Touring, EX-L, Sport, Type R

Trim Levels

TSI

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque:

138 foot-lbs @ 4200 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.054 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 1400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 36 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

322 / 446 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 39 / 33

Range (city/hwy):

383 / 515 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Not yet available

Pedestrian Detection:

Not yet available

Lane Departure Warning:

Not yet available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Not yet available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Not yet available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Not yet available

360-Degree Camera:

Not yet available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Not yet available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Not yet available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Cargo Space:

24.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

123.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

17.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

110.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2932 lbs

Width:

70.9 inches

Height:

55.7 inches

Length:

179 inches

Wheelbase:

107.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2945 lbs

Width:

70.8 inches

Height:

58.2 inches

Length:

167.6 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

235/40R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

205/55R16