Compare 2020 Honda Civic vs 2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Honda Civic
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EX CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Hatchback EX CVT 31 40 $22,525 $24,250
Civic Hatchback EX-L CVT 31 40 $23,636 $25,450
Civic Hatchback LX CVT 31 40 $20,211 $21,750
Civic Hatchback Sport CVT 29 35 $21,970 $23,650
Civic Hatchback Sport Manual 29 37 $21,229 $22,850
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring CVT 29 35 $26,876 $28,950
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Manual 29 37 $26,136 $28,150
Civic Sedan LX Manual 25 36 $18,452 $19,850
Civic Sedan Touring CVT 30 38 $25,719 $27,700
Civic Si Coupe Manual 26 36 $23,405 $25,200
Civic Si Coupe Manual w/Summer Tires 26 36 $23,590 $25,400
Civic Type R Touring Manual 22 28 N/A $36,995
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1.4T TSI Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T TSI Automatic 29 35 $23,035 $23,995
Golf 1.4T TSI Manual 28 36 $22,267 $23,195
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $35,802 $37,295
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 24 32 $35,034 $36,495
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $28,219 $29,395
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 24 32 $27,452 $28,595
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $31,675 $32,995
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 24 32 $30,907 $32,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,525
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,250
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$404 / month
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars. Even with a pared lineup for a short model year, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a solid if stoic choice among compact hatchbacks
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Fuel Economy
City
31 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
48.8 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.4 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55 53.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.8 93.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 -
Second Leg Room (in)
36 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 38.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 61
Length, Overall (in)
177.9 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.8 70.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
25.7 17.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.2 53.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 10.7
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 35.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/50HR17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/50HR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2961 3023
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 1700 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
174 @ 6000 147 @ 5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
31 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 35
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.86 4.00
Trans Order Code
NA M8
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 - 0.41 5.07
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.81 3.87
Trans Type
1 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Hatchback Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.3 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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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2020 Honda Civic
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  • Up to $500 off
  • Lease: From $189 for 36 mo.
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR
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2020 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2019 Golf is hard to find in stock; 2020s expected soon
  • Rebates: Unadvertised discounts + $500 credit for select customers
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR for 60 months
  • Lease: From $329 per month for 39 months
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