2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2020 Honda Civic Si Comparison in Cerritos, CA

A popular choice among motoring enthusiasts for decades, the Volkswagen Golf is back and better than ever for the 2020 model year. Combining sports car performance with the comfort, features and spacious cargo area of a commuter hatchback, the 2020 VW Golf gives you the very best of both worlds. In this segment, other cars like the 2020 Honda Civic Si sedan may try to compete, but they just can't give you the same value, the same premium look, the same flexible capability or the same excitement behind the wheel. We'll prove it below! Compare the 2020 VW Golf GTI against the 2020 Honda Civic Si here.

Golf GTI Sport Brakes

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Honda Civic Si: Design & Style

The VW Golf GTI is the hot hatchback by which all other affordable sports cars have to be measured. It's been a leader in this segment for decades.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Honda Civic Si is available as either a four-door sedan or a two-door coupe. You can't get a Honda Civic Si hatchback at all. That makes the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI even more practical. With its big, wide tailgate and tall cargo area which you can easily expand with the folding rear seats, there's more than 50 cubic feet of cargo room available to you in the 2020 Volkswagen Golf! That's a whole lot more than the ordinary sedan trunk of the 2020 Honda Civic Si.

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf also has some extra splashes of sporty style on the exterior. Standard sporty red brake calipers emblazoned with "GTI" lend a more powerful look. You can also get the available Adaptive Front-lighting System and fog lights with low-speed corner illumination. AFS headlights pivot slightly as you steer to better illuminate the curving road ahead. Cornering lights and adaptive headlights aren't available on the 2020 Honda Civic Si.

Golf GTI Clark Plaid Upholstery

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Honda Civic Si: Comfort & Technology

Entry level comfort features are similar between these two cars, but you'll love the style of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and its Clark Plaid cloth upholstery. Or, upgrade to available leather upholstery for an even more premium look and feel. Leather upholstery isn't an option on the 2020 Honda Civic Si, which is only available in a single trim level. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn trim adds features you can't get on the 2020 Honda Civic Si like leather seating, an 8" touchscreen multimedia system w/ turn-by-turn navigation and power-adjustable driver's seat lumbar support.

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Golf GTI Driver

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Honda Civic Si: Performance & Drive

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI makes noticeably more horsepower than the 2020 Honda Civic Si, and a whole lot more torque. That means you can expect a more spirited drive with more quickness from a stop in the VW Golf GTI! And you might notice that the Civic Si gets a little bit better fuel economy, but there's a catch: The 2020 Honda Civic Si recommends premium fuel. Instead, choose the 2020 VW Golf GTI and you'll get all 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft with regular gas. More power for less money at the pump? That's what an affordable yet practical sports car is all about.

Furthermore both vehicles offer responsive technologies that improve handling and control, such as dynamic suspension dampers, a limited-slip sport differential and variable-ratio power steering.

Golf GTI Rear Vision Camera

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. 2020 Honda Civic Si: Driver Assistance

Both these cars come standard with the active safety features you expect from a modern car, like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and more. But there's even more of this technology in the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI! It also comes standard with blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. These features can provide audio and visual alerts if there's traffic hiding in your blind spot or passing behind you when reversing -- and they're not available on the 2020 Honda Civic Si at all.

However, in the event of an accident that can't be avoided, both these cars can keep you safer than lesser rivals. They both received five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Compared to its rival from Honda, the 2020 VW Golf GTI has more of the performance and power you demand, as well as more utility for your everyday life! That makes it a better choice as your new sporty daily driver. It's got a slightly higher MSRP at $28,595, but -- when you consider the quality and refinement you're getting courtesy of German engineering -- the Volkswagen Golf GTI is an even better value. Come find yours and see all the colors, features and options up-close and personal during your test drive at McKenna Volkswagen!

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan
$28,595Starting MSRP*$25,200
228Standard Horsepower205
258Standard Torque (lb-ft)192
RegularRecommended FuelPremium
Available OptionAutomatic TransmissionNot Available
52.7 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume14.7 Cubic Feet
Available UpgradeLeather UpholsteryNot Available
Available UpgradeSteering Adaptive HeadlightsNot Available
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade
StandardRear Traffic AlertAvailable Upgrade

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.