2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2023 Honda Civic

Advantages of the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Over the 2023 Honda Civic

Deciding which hatchback will meet your needs can be difficult, especially since it seems like every brand now has one. Two always at the top of their class are the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the Honda Civic, but we want to help you see how they differentiate from each other and which one you might want for your daily driver.

Volkswagen Golf GTI
Honda Civic
Cargo Space
34.5 cu. ft.
46.2 cu. ft.
Available Touchscreen Size
Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
12.4 gal.
Heated Steering Wheel
Available on other styles
Engine Power241 hp @ 5000 rpm158 hp @ 6000 rpm

A Better Infotainment System

The 2023 Honda Civic may have caught up in terms of infotainment, ease of use, and options, but the Golf GTI continues to stay ahead. The Golf GTI offers an intuitive system that comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for smartphone connectivity. While the Honda Civic now comes standard with the same setup, the best the lineup can do is a nine-inch touchscreen - the Golf GTI features an available ten-inch Discover Pro touchscreen with navigation. You can also get wireless App-Connect, which isn't available with the Civic Hatchback.

Traditional Versus Exciting

The Honda Civic hatchback follows the same design that the sedan has for many years - with the obvious exception that it is a hatchback - keeping it from standing out in a crowd. On the other hand, the Golf GTI has a unique look that no other model can emulate, being a one-of-a-kind option that you won't find anywhere else.

More Power Under the Hood

The Volkswagen Golf lineup removed the base model, sticking with the much more powerful Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R options. This update is bad news for Honda Civic engine lovers. The Volkswagen Golf GTI comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, delivering 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The Honda Civic provides two engine options, but even the turbocharged four-cylinder can't match the Golf GTI's power - the Civic makes 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.

Experience the Volkswagen Golf GTI When You Visit Our Dealership

We want you to know which hatchback offers everything you might need in your life, which is why you are encouraged to visit our dealership to schedule a test drive. You can do all of the online research that you think you will need, but there is no experience quite like being behind the wheel and feeling what each model can do for you.

We're sorry, availability of some equipment, options or features may be limited due to global supply issues affecting the auto industry. Please be sure to verify that the vehicle you purchase includes all expected features and equipment.

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