2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2018 Honda Civic Si

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2018 Honda Civic Si

Though there’s plenty to adore about the growing SUV segments, there is nothing like a smaller car to really get the blood flowing. When it comes to speediness, smaller often feels better. Especially thanks to the low-riding aerodynamics. The only question is, which model will draw your enthusiasm? In comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2018 Honda Civic Si, the decision is complicated by aesthetic tastes. The Civic Si does have a more traditional sedan body style, but fans of the GTI have long favored it because it has a non-traditional look. When showing it off, you get to surprise your passengers.

Then again, if you’re comparing these models, you’re very likely sold on the appearances of both. If we let the specs speak for themselves, which model will prove to be the winning vehicle?

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI


2018 Honda Civic Si

$26,415 Starting MSRP $24,100
220hp Horsepower 205hp
258 lb-ft Torque 192 lb-ft
6-speed manual (6-speed DSG available) Transmission 6-speed manual

The 2018 VW Golf GTI excels on performance

Some might say the 2018 VW Golf GTI has an unfair advantage. Though the Civic has been available for just as long as the GTI, it waxes and wanes when it comes to offering performance trims. Which is just what the Si is. It’s one trim level of the Civic model, while the GTI is its own model based on the Golf. What this means is that it has multiple trims and a lot more options.

Assuming you’re only seeking base features, however, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI still is a smart choice for enthusiasts over the 2018 Honda Civic Si. You can easily see in the chart that it’s more potent when it comes to both horsepower and torque output. Plus, if you prefer not to drive a manual, the Civic Si is out of the running entirely.

Other performance features for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI include 13.4-inch vented front disc brakes and 12.2-inch vented rear disc brakes. The Honda Civic Si, alternatively, offers smaller 12.3-inch ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes. Both vehicles offer their own differential systems, but we think you’ll find the Cross Differential XDS+ is more impressive than Honda’s Helical Limited-Slip differential.

When it comes to performance, it has to be felt to be believed. Stop by New Century Volkswagen to test drive the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI.