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Difference Between Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf

Honda Civic vs Volkswagen Golfmodels

Two very popular car models are the Civic from Honda and Volkswagen’s Golf. The main difference between the Golf and the Civic is the body style for the current models. The Golf is strictly a 5-door hatchback model. It’s look has become quite well known. In contrast, the 2012 Civic comes in either a sedan or a coupe. Although previous year’s Civic’s had hatchback models, it is absent this year.

When it comes to the engine, the Golf is at an advantage over the Civic. As a sportier model, the Golf’s engine selections are often of bigger displacements and have a lot more power than that of the Civic. Of course, with an increased power output and a larger engine displacement come increased fuel consumption. In both city and highway driving the Civic is significantly more fuel efficient. So you have a choice between power and savings.

Because the Golf is a sportier model than the more frugal Civic, its styling is also a bit more upscale than that of the Civic. The actual differences may vary from model to model but you are more likely to find leather trims, allow wheels, better radio, better suspension, and the like in a Golf than in a Civic. You would also get better options on a Golf than on a Civic.

One area where the Civic wins over the Golf is in the choice of engines. Not the displacement or power, but with the types of fuel they use. With the Golf, you get the typical gas and diesel engines. You can also choose those with the Civic, but you have a lot more choices. There’s Civics that use natural gas, which is a cheaper and less polluting fuel source than gas or diesel. There is also a hybrid Civic model, which gets significantly better fuel mileage.

Choosing between the Golf and the Civic comes down to whether you want the best bang for your buck. The Civic is cheaper and gets more distance with every fill-up. But, it isn’t as flashy or as powerful as the more expensive Golf.


  1. The Golf is a hatchback while the Civic comes in either a sedan or coupe
  2. The Golf has higher power engines than the Civic
  3. The Civic gets better fuel mileage than the Golf
  4. The Golf tends to have more upscale styling than the Civic
  5. The Civic has more fuel options than the Golf

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1 Comment

  1. No diesel Civic’s in the USA, only diesel Golf’s. Honda makes a solid, reliable car, but isn’t as much fun to drive as the Golf.

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