Compare 2018 Honda Civic vs 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Honda Civic
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EX-L CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Coupe EX-L CVT 31 40 $22,039 $23,725
Civic Coupe EX-T CVT 31 40 $20,998 $22,600
Civic Coupe EX-T Manual 30 41 $20,257 $21,800
Civic Coupe LX CVT 30 39 $18,729 $20,150
Civic Coupe LX Manual 28 39 $17,989 $19,350
Civic Coupe LX-P CVT 30 39 $19,655 $21,150
Civic Coupe Touring CVT 31 40 $24,539 $26,425
Civic Hatchback EX CVT 31 40 $21,599 $23,250
Civic Hatchback EX CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $22,525 $24,250
Civic Hatchback EX-L Navi CVT 31 40 $23,914 $25,750
Civic Hatchback EX-L Navi CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $24,840 $26,750
Civic Hatchback LX CVT 31 40 $19,470 $20,950
Civic Hatchback LX CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $20,396 $21,950
Civic Hatchback LX Manual 29 38 $18,729 $20,150
Civic Hatchback Sport CVT 30 36 $20,951 $22,550
Civic Hatchback Sport Manual 29 38 $20,211 $21,750
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring CVT 30 36 $26,691 $28,750
Civic Sedan EX CVT 31 40 $19,831 $21,340
Civic Sedan EX CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $20,757 $22,340
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT 32 42 $22,294 $24,000
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT w/Honda Sensing 32 42 $23,220 $25,000
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT w/Navigation 32 42 $23,220 $25,000
Civic Sedan EX-T CVT 32 42 $20,905 $22,500
Civic Sedan EX-T CVT w/Honda Sensing 32 42 $21,831 $23,500
Civic Sedan EX-T Manual 31 42 $20,164 $21,700
Civic Sedan LX CVT 31 40 $18,350 $19,740
Civic Sedan LX CVT w/Honda Sensing 31 40 $19,276 $20,740
Civic Sedan LX Manual 28 40 $17,609 $18,940
Civic Sedan Touring CVT 32 42 $24,886 $26,800
Civic Si Coupe Manual 28 38 $22,386 $24,100
Civic Si Coupe Manual w/High Performance Tires 28 38 $22,571 $24,300
Civic Si Sedan Manual 28 38 $22,386 $24,100
Civic Si Sedan Manual w/High Performance Tires 28 38 $22,571 $24,300
Civic Type R Touring Manual 22 28 $32,200 $34,700
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Coast Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle Coast Automatic 26 33 $22,194 $23,120
Beetle Dune Automatic 26 34 $25,719 $26,790
Beetle S Automatic 26 33 $19,411 $20,220
Beetle SE Automatic 26 33 $23,058 $24,020
Beetle Convertible Coast Automatic 26 33 $25,766 $26,840
Beetle Convertible Dune Automatic 26 34 $30,807 $32,090
Beetle Convertible S Automatic 26 33 $24,422 $25,440
Beetle Convertible SE Automatic 26 33 $26,917 $28,040

Pricing

Invoice Price

$22,039
$22,194

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$23,725
$23,120

Monthly Payment Estimate

$395 / month
$385 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.5
6.5

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop. The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t stopped it yet, has it?

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Fuel Economy

City

31 mpg 26 mpg

Highway

40 mpg 33 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Front Leg Room (in)

42.3 41.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

88.6 85.1

Front Hip Room (in)

54.1 -

Second Leg Room (in)

35.9 31.4

Front Head Room (in)

36.5 39.4

Passenger Capacity

5 4

Second Hip Room (in)

48.1 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.9 55.3

Second Head Room (in)

34.5 37.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.6 49

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.5 61.1

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 100.1

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.8 71.9

Track Width, Front (in)

60.9 62.2

Length, Overall (in)

176.9 168.8

Height, Overall (in)

54.9 58.6

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- 5.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

11.9 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 15.4

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- 29.9

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.2 10

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.1 11.3

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.4 14.5

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.7 35.4

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P215/50HR17 P215/55HR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/50HR17 P215/55HR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2900 3020

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

162 @ 1700 184 @ 1500

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

1.5 L/91 2.0 L/121

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

174 @ 6000 174 @ 5000

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

35 29

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

40 33

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

31 26

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.65 - 0.41 4.46

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.81 3.23

Trans Type

1 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

1.86 3.19

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Trans Description Cont.

CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.56

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.85

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- 2.51

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.14

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.67

Summary

Vehicle Name

Honda Civic Coupe Volkswagen Beetle

Body Style

Coupe Hatchback

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.0 6.1

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 330

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- 140

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

--

Side Barrier Rating

--

Side Barrier Rating Driver

--

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

--

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

--

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

--

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

--

Rollover Rating

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