2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Honda Civic
Some people know exactly what they want to drive, but others are more familiar with their goals than they are with specific models. You may have heard that the Honda Civic is a sportier car, as far as affordable compacts go, but the Golf offers the GTI option that sets its sights on loftier goals. How do you decide between the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2016 Honda Civic? One thing to keep in mind is that while the 2016 Honda Civic has been redesigned to appear more athletic than previous renderings, the reality of the situation is that the Si trim, which was aimed at those seeking a sporty option, is not available for 2016. What does this mean for you? The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine may sound like it’s the same as what the GTI is offering, but without a turbocharger it only returns 158 horsepower compared to 210 in the Golf GTI. Upgrading to the 1.5-liter turbo also won’t allow the Civic to compete, as it offers just 174 horsepower for its extra price.
|2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI||vs||2016 Honda Civic|
|2.0L turbo 4-cylinder||Base Engine||2.0L naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder|
|6-speed manual/6-speed DSG automatic||Transmission Options||6-speed manual/CVT|
|22.8 cu. ft.||Cargo Capacity||15.1 cu. ft.|
Why buy the 2016 VW Golf GTI?
If you’re looking for a compact option, the 2016 Honda Civic is a solid choice, but it doesn’t hold up for those who remember the model as an enthusiast option. Not only are its engine options subpar compared to what the Golf GTI offers, but it only offers a manual transmission on the base trim, after which drivers are left with a CVT. On the other side, the GTI offers a manual to its enthusiasts on all three trim levels, with a dual-clutch automatic as an available upgrade. The manual is an obvious choice for many, but the DSG also has fans thanks to its smooth gear shifts and easy-to-use paddle shifters.
There’s no denying the Honda Civic offers better combined fuel economy, but the numbers are close enough where only frequent commuters will notice an influence on their bank accounts. When considering the power of its engine, it’s clear the GTI is the more appealing option for those who are looking for an engaging and spirited drive.
When it comes to practical elements, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI also makes a smart choice thanks to the hatchback design offering much more cargo space. The Civic does not currently offer a hatchback, and therefore starts off with just 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and stays there. The GTI has 22.8 cubic feet, but this expands to 52.7 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.
The best way to find out which model is the best for your lifestyle is to take it for a test drive, so stop by New Century Volkswagen to find out if the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI wins your favor.