2019 Volkswagen Golf vs Honda Civic: Which Hatchback Is Best for Me?

2019 Volkswagen Golf vs Honda Civic Hatchback Comparison in Seattle, WA

Normally, we'd start this page by bragging about the 2019 Volkswagen Golf and its many awards -- after all, it was named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Cars for 2019! But, in this case, we're comparing the Volkswagen Golf to the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, which also received this honor from Car and Driver....

That's why we've compared these two cars side-by-side below. They're both popular cars with impressive features and slick designs, but a close look at their specs reveals some key differences. Take a close look with us and you're sure to agree, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf is the most versatile hatchback around! It's the perfect companion for your life in the Seattle area, and we'll show you why it's an even better fit than the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback.

2019 Volkswagen Golf Interior

2019 VW Golf vs 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback: Interior

One of the joys of hatchback ownership is having a ton of extra cargo room in a car that's still got a smaller footprint than most sedans on the road. For example, in the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, the second row of seats folds down to reveal 46.2 cubic feet of cargo room -- basically triple the volume you get from a typical sedan trunk. However, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf is even more practical with 53.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume!

What's more, you'll get more comfort for your backseat passengers in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf. It comes standard with rear seat cupholders and a folding center armrest. Those features aren't available on the base 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback model.


2019 Volkswagen Golf Technology

2019 VW Golf vs 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback: Technology

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with VW Car-Net® App-Connect. This infotainment suite includes a 6.5" touch display in the center stack, six speakers and seamless smartphone connectivity thanks to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

The base 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, by contrast, comes standard with a smaller, button-controlled display, just four speakers, and no Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. You'll have to pay for a costly trim level upgrade to get those same features on the Honda Civic.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Performance

2019 VW Golf vs 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback: Performance

When you want an engaging driving experience with the utmost driver control, you just can't do better than a good, old-fashioned stick-shift. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with a six-speed manual. A manual transmission isn't available at all on the base Honda Civic. You'll have to select the Sport trim level, which will cost you extra, if you want a manual transmission on the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback.

If you prefer to take things at a more leisurely pace, the 2019 VW Golf is also available with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport Mode. A CVT transmission -- notorious for laggy acceleration and droning noise -- is the standard transmission choice on the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback.


2019 Volkswagen Golf Safety

2019 VW Golf vs 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback: Safety

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf comes with more standard features to keep you safe and in control in inclement weather. It's standard with rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated side mirrors, so rain and frost won't slow you down. Those features will cost extra on the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback.

Furthermore, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf now comes standard with blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert -- which will alert you if there's traffic you can't see passing behind you or sitting in your blind spot. These features can't be found on the 2019 Honda Civic at all.


2019 Volkswagen Golf Driver Assistance

2019 VW Golf vs 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback: Driver Assistance

The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback offers the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist features, including pre-collision autonomous braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and more. On the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, pre-collision emergency braking with pedestrian detection is standard on every model! Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control are also available. Advanced technology can help you avoid an accident in either of these hatchbacks.

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A long history of German engineering excellence have gone into every 2019 Volkswagen model. When you're looking for a comfortable family car, a useful and affordable commuter or a high-performance car with practicality and safety, too, you want a Volkswagen. We'll be thrilled to show you why in our showroom at Carter Subaru in Ballard.

But at Carter VW, we do more to earn your business than stock the award-winning lineup of Volkswagen cars. We give you complimentary personalization, infotainment customization and phone pairing, so your vehicle is all set up just for you before you even take the car off the lot. And when you need maintenance, visit our service center to take advantage of courtesy loaner cars, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary wiper blade installation and more. We call all this The Carter Advantage. Make the advantageous choice and visit us the next time you're looking for a new automobile at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107.