Compare 2021 Honda Civic vs 2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Honda Civic
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EX CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Hatchback EX CVT 31 40 $23,423 $24,700
Civic Hatchback LX CVT 31 40 $21,172 $22,200
Civic Hatchback Sport CVT 29 35 $22,855 $24,100
Civic Hatchback Sport Manual 29 37 $22,098 $23,300
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring CVT 29 35 $27,416 $29,400
Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Manual 29 37 $26,671 $28,600
Civic Sedan EX CVT N/A N/A $23,139 $24,400
Civic Sedan EX-L CVT 32 42 $24,275 $25,600
Civic Sedan LX CVT N/A N/A $20,268 $21,250
Civic Sedan Sport CVT N/A N/A $21,862 $23,050
Civic Sedan Touring CVT 30 38 $26,392 $28,300
Civic Type R Limited Edition Manual 22 28 $41,001 $43,995
Civic Type R Touring Manual 22 28 $35,323 $37,895
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1.4T TSI Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Golf 1.4T TSI Automatic 29 36 $23,035 $23,995
Golf 1.4T TSI Manual 29 39 $22,267 $23,195
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn DSG 24 32 $36,235 $37,745
Golf GTI 2.0T Automaticbahn Manual 23 30 $35,467 $36,945
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG 24 32 $28,315 $29,495
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual 23 30 $27,547 $28,695
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG 24 32 $32,127 $33,465
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual 23 30 $31,358 $32,665
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,423
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,700
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$412 / month
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time. The 2021 VW Golf TSI compels shoppers for its overall value, but the GTI is a hole in one.
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Fuel Economy
City
31 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.8 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 61
Length, Overall (in)
177.9 167.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.2 53.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
25.7 17.4
Brakes
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
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 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/50HR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/50HR17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2955 3012
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Engine
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
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)
34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
31 29
Transmission
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.86 4.00
Trans Order Code
NA M8
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.97
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.47
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Hatchback Volkswagen Golf
Body Style
Hatchback 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
5.2 5.6
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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2021 Honda Civic
  • 2022 Civic arriving, 2021 still available
  • Lease: From $169/mo (2021)
  • Rebate: $500 dealer cash (2021 sedan)
  • Finance: From 1.9% APR
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2021 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2021 Golf is the final model year
  • Leases: From $289 per month for 36 months
  • Rebates: Special offers for military, first responders and new college grads
  • Financing: From 0% APR for 36 months
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