Which Is Better: Volkswagen Golf or Honda Civic?
There’s a reason the Honda Civic is one of the best-selling cars in the USA. The Civic offers a great mix of features, fuel economy, interior quality, and like the Golf – it’s a fun, sporty car to drive. The Civic is also available in three body styles – coupe, sedan, and hatchback – whereas all Golf models are four-door hatchbacks.
Truth be told, both are solid compact car picks, especially as hatchbacks. But there are a few key points to consider. Go with the Civic if you’re concerned with fuel economy or safety features. While both the Golf and Civic hatchbacks pack zippy turbocharged engines, the Civic earns up to 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The Golf comes up short with just 25/36 mpg. It also comes up a hair short on active safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring are standard in Golf Wolfsburg Editions ($21,595). However, you can buy a Civic hatchback and nab forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, plus lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control for as little as $21,500; sedans cost even less. Both the Civic and Golf are designated as Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Golf is a better bet for technophiles though. Both support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the Golf packs its infotainment system and touch screen in its lowest S trim level ($19,895). The Civic hatchback’s touch screen is added in the relatively pricey EX models that start at $22,800. The Golf is also the better cargo hauler of the two, but by a slim 6.5 cubic feet.