2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback
When taken as an entire class, modern hatchbacks simply blow the doors off of the original generation. However, it's important to point out that like anything else in the automotive industry, not everything is created equally. For instance, comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback shows the wide variety of options available in the segment. When the 2018 Golf GTI finally arrives in the Team Gunther Volkswagen showroom, it will be showing a drastically refreshed interior as well as several technology updates found throughout the various trim grades. The 2018 VW Golf GTI should be delivered to Team Gunther Volkswagen this fall.
Given the improvements made to the Volkswagen improvements made to the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the new Honda Civic Hatchback should prove to a worthy, but beatable, rival. The most glaring disparity between the two five-door hatchbacks comes in the performance arena. Class-leading performance has been a long-time hallmark of the Golf GTI and 2018 will just build on that legacy. Each trim will be powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The power plant equipped with the 2018 Civic tops out at 158 horsepower. This may be ok for some, but not drivers of the impressive VW hot hatch.
|2018 VW Golf GTI||2018 Civic Hatchback|
|Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-cyl.||Engine||Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-cyl.|
|Six-speed automatic||Transmission||Six-speed manual|
|52.7 cu.-ft.||Max. Cargo Capacity||46.2 cu.-ft.|
Getting behind the wheel
In the interest of honesty, there is no denying that the Honda Civic is a great car and offers quite a bit to owners. Independent reviews have touted both the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI and the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback for having an engaging and up-tempo handling profile. The new Golf GTI just simply takes things further. Those same reviews have praised the new GTI as having the ability to attack corners, in addition to its desire to get out and run. Other areas where the 2018 VW Golf GTI out paces the Honda Civic Hatchback is in available technology. Volkswagen has provided much of its driver assistance suite to the 2018 Golf GTI. The Civic hatchback model has similar technology, but those buyers will have to move high up the trim ladder to have it in a way that equals the GTI.