Compare Volkswagen Beetle vs. Honda Civic vs. Volkswagen Golf

Compare the Volkswagen Beetle against the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Beetle, Civic and Golf stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Beetle, Civic and Golf. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2011 Honda Civic 2011 Volkswagen Golf
2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2011 Honda Civic 2011 Volkswagen Golf
2dr Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man
  • 2dr Cpe Man 2.5L
  • 2dr Cpe Auto 2.5L
  • 2dr Cpe Man 2.5L w/Sun
  • 2dr Cpe Auto 2.5L w/Sun
  • 2dr Cpe Man 2.0T Turbo
  • 2dr Cpe Man 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr Cpe DSG 2.0T Turbo
  • 2dr Cpe Auto 2.5L w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr Cpe Man 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound
  • 2dr Cpe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound
  • 2dr Cpe Man 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav
  • 2dr Cpe DSG 2.0T Turbo w/Sun/Sound/Nav
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI


MSRP $18,995 $15,805 $17,995
Invoice $18,235 $14,571 $17,275
Avg. Paid $12,878 $10,912 $10,997

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.5 8.4 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.0 9.6 9.0
Performance 8.0 8.5 8.4
Interior 7.0 8.2 8.7
Cost to Own 9.1 9.4 9.3
Safety 9.3 8.5 9.7
Reliability 2.0 3.0 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • Fun-to-drive Turbo model
  • Good gas mileage
  • Good reliability score
  • Quality interior with comfortable seats
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Refined performance
  • Good cargo space
  • Limited cargo space
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Lower safety scores than top competitors
  • Small trunk
  • Few standard interior features
  • Below-average reliability

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 22 City / 31 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy 23 City / 33 Hwy



Body Style Coupe 4 Door Sedan 2 Door HB


Wheelbase(in) 99.9 106.3 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 168.4 177.3 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.2 69.0 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 58.5 56.5 58.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2939 2630 2968

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 4 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 85.0 90.9 93.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 39.4 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.2 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.3 53.7 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 51.9 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.4 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 31.4 34.6 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.0 52.4 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 51.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 46.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.0 12.0


AM/FM Stereo Standard Optional Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Optional Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4 Gas I5
Displacement 2.5L/151 1.8L/110 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 5700 140 @ 6300 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 177 @ 4250 128 @ 4300 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.4 34.8 35.8 ft


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 34 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2 14.5


Suspension Type - Front - TBD - MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear - TBD - Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.