Comparison: 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Comparison: 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2018 Volkswagen Golf 

When shopping for a hatchback with excellent performance and a spacious, high-tech cabin, Richmond drivers ask us how the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback compares to the 2018 Volkswagen Golf.

Volkswagen has a good reputation among driving enthusiasts. But when you compare the German car to a lower-cost option like the Civic, you’ll see that the Honda has a slight edge in performance (with standard 174 horsepower versus 170 for the Golf) and significant advantages in other areas.

Read on to see how these two performance hatchbacks compare, then visit us in South Chesterfield to get behind the wheel of a brand-new Civic.

Interior Space and Features

Honda Civic Hatchback

The 2018 Civic Hatchback has 97.2 cubic feet of passenger volume, up to 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 46.2 cubes of cargo volume with the rear seats folded flat. It also has 39.3 inches of head room and 42.3 inches of leg room in the front seats.

Civic Hatchback trims include the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L Navi, and Sport Touring. Available features include Push Button Start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Seating options include leather-trimmed interior, heated seats, 8-way power driver's seat, and 8-way power passenger's seat. You also have the option for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SMS text messaging, and a Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

Volkswagen Golf

The 2018 Golf has 93.7 cubic feet of passenger volume and 22.8 cubes of cargo space behind the back seats. While the Golf features a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Volkswagen doesn’t provide information on cargo space with rear seats folded. Plus, reviewers have complained that the rear seatback doesn’t lie completely flat. It has 38.4 inches of head room and 41.2 inches of leg room in the front row.

The 2018 Golf has two trims: S and SE. The Volkswagen hatchback does not come with the option for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite-linked navigation, leather seating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, or dual-zone climate control. Available features include leatherette seating, Bluetooth tech, heated front seats, leather-wrapped wheel, and keyless access with push-button start.

Safety Ratings and Technology

Honda Civic Hatchback

The 2018 Civic received best-possible crash worthiness scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a Superior rating for crash avoidance and mitigation. The 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback earned a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, awarding the Civic five stars in all categories.‡

All models of the 2018 Civic come standard with a multi-view rearview camera with dynamic gridlines. Also, both trims are available with the option for Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and automatic high beams. The Civic is also available with the Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system.

Volkswagen Golf

The IIHS has not yet rated the 2018 Volkswagen Golf, and while the NHTSA gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating, it did lose one star each in tests for rollover and frontal crash.

The Golf S comes with a rearview camera but is not available with any safety technology. The SE trim adds a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking. It is not available with adaptive cruise control, lane or road departure mitigation, or a lane-keeping assist system.

Drivers who want more than just basic features should go for the Civic Hatchback because getting these features on the Golf will require increasing your budget substantially. Golf GTI, R, SportWagen, and Alltrack models start at a higher MSRP.


Honda Civic Hatchback

Starting at $20,050**

Volkswagen Golf

Starting at $20,910**

‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback with Honda Sensing TM and specific headlights.

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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