SONS Automotive Group Compares 2019 Honda Civic Type R VS 2019 Volkswagen Golf Near Norcross, GA

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2019 Honda Civic Type R

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2019 Honda Civic Type R

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2019 Volkswagen Golf

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Type R deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Type R’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Golf R’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Civic Type R and the Golf R have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The Civic Type R comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Honda will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Golf R.

There are over 60 percent more Honda dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic Type R’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 7 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine Comparison

The Civic Type R’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (306 vs. 288) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 280) than the Golf R’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Civic Type R is faster than the Volkswagen Golf R (manual transmissions tested):

 

Civic Type R

Golf R

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.2 sec

14 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.4 sec

3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105.9 MPH

100.4 MPH

In a Motor Trend race course test, the Honda Civic Type R was clocked 2.45 seconds faster than the Volkswagen Golf R (85.45 sec. vs. 87.9 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Civic Type R has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Golf R doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Civic Type R’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf R:

 

Civic

Golf

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

The Civic Type R stops much shorter than the Golf R:

 

Civic

Golf

 

70 to 0 MPH

142 feet

157 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

99 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Civic Type R has larger tires than the Golf R (245/30R20 vs. 225/40R18). The Civic Type R’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Golf R (245/30R20 vs. 235/35R19).

The Civic Type R’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Golf R’s standard 40 series tires. The Civic Type R’s tires are lower profile than the Golf R’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Type R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Golf R. The Golf R’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Civic Type R’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Golf R doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic Type R’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Golf R (106.3 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Civic Type R is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Golf R.

The Civic Type R handles at 1.03 G’s, while the Golf R pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Civic Type R executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Golf R (24.3 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 24.9 seconds @ .85 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Civic Type R has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Golf R uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Civic Type R is quieter than the Golf R (43 vs. 50 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Type R a Large car, while the Golf R is rated a Compact.

The Civic Type R has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf R (97 vs. 93.5).

The Civic Type R has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf R.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Type R has a much larger trunk than the Golf R with its rear seat up (25.7 vs. 22.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left open on the Civic Type R the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Golf R can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic Type R has standard extendable sun visors. The Golf R doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its August 2018 issue and they ranked the Honda Civic Type R first. They ranked the Volkswagen Golf R third.

The Civic Type R was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Golf R hasn’t been picked since 2016.

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