A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback

In the world of compact hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Golf is one of the most respected models in history. However, the automaker has flipped the script by producing what can confidently be called a high-performance platform. Even though this VW Golf variant truly stands on its own, it still has to contend with the traditional powers that be. A comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback will clearly illustrate some stark contrasts. The current Golf GTI model offers more power and more practical elements than its Honda competitor as well as cutting-edge connectivity technology which matches the Civic on almost all levels. Spitzer Volkswagen customers can see the 2018 VW Golf GTI today and can schedule a test drive by calling, 877-305-7947.

As important as the performance specs of the 2018 VW Golf GTI are, it is also able to easily function as a daily driver for commuting or carpooling. Both the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI and 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback have a maximum passenger capacity of five. However, where the 2018 Golf GTI is able to outpace the Civic Hatchback is cargo space. When properly configured, the 2018 model of the VW Golf GTI can make up to 53 cubic-feet of cargo volume available. Not only is this significantly more than what is offered by the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback, but it also rivals the cargo volume offered by compact crossover SUVs. The current Golf GTI is even able to offer more cargo space with rear passengers in place than its Civic rival.

2018 Golf GTI 2018 Civic Hatchback
Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.5-L, 4-Cyl.
220/258 Horsepower/Torque 174/167
Six-speed manual Transmission Six-speed manual
53 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 46.2 cu.-ft.

Performance Specs

If the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is able to accomplish anything, its that hatchbacks have to be powered by sedate engines. All available trim grades of the 2018 Golf GTI use a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Spitzer VW customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, depending on which version they choose. Regardless of which powertrain setup in installed, the 2018 Golf GTI will produce 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. On the other side of the equation, the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback is available with quite a wide array of powertrains, none of which can match the output that is standard with the 2018 Golf GTI.

A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2018 VW Golf GTI.
An interior photo of the 2018 VW Golf GTI showing the driver and front passenger seats.

A photo of the turbocharged, four-cylinder engine equipped with the 2018 VW Golf GTI.
A photo of the navigation system in the 2018 VW Golf GTI.