2018 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2018 Honda Civic

There are few more recognizable vehicles on the market today as the Volkswagen Beetle. Several million Beetles have been built and sold in the 80-plus years the iconic car has been produced by Volkswagen. A new model year gives the product experts at Spitzer VW a chance to put the unique coupe up against another strong competitor in the industry. A comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2018 Honda Civic illustrates how the former has retained much of what has made it so popular while continuing to keep pace with changing automotive technology. The 2018 VW Beetle is now available at the Spitzer Volkswagen showroom. Customers can take a closer at the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle or schedule a test drive with a Spitzer VW sales professional today by calling, 440-703-6348.

Examining the entry-level trims of the 2018 VW Beetle and 2018 Honda Civic, potential buyers will be presented with a few similarities. Both models offer LED running lights, height-adjustable drivers' seats and Bluetooth connectivity. However, of the two popular compact cars, only the 2018 Volkswagen Beetle makes digital device integration available on the base level. Spitzer VW buyers can choose to have the Style & Comfort Package added to the S trim. In addition to several other premium features, this accessory pack adds VW Car-Net App-Connect which is compatible with applications for Apple- and Android-based smartphones. Of course, the infotainment system in the 2018 Civic is compatible with these apps, the capability just isn't offered on the base trim. The 2018 Beetle also comes with a standard rearview camera and blind spot monitoring.


2018 VW Beetle


2018 Honda Civic

Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
174/184 Horsepower/Torque 158/138
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed manual
Yes Smartphone Integration Yes


Performance Specs

If there is one aspect of the comparison of the 2018 VW Beetle and 2018 Honda Civic where the Beetle is the clear leader, it's performance. The lone engine/transmission combination equipped with the 2018 Beetle easily pushes it past most of the available versions of the current Civic. Note, this does not count the two Civic trims specifically-built for high-performance driving.

Under the hood of the 2018 VW Beetle is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. This gives Beetle owners 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to work with. By comparison, most 2018 Civic models are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque.



A photo illustration of a standard and convertible version of the 2018 VW Beetle
A photo of two versions of the 2018 VW Beetle in a parking lot.
An interior photo of the front half of the 2018 VW Beetle.
An interior photo of the 2018 VW Beetle Dune trim grade.