2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Honda Fit

2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Honda Fit

You have to hand it to the Honda Fit: It recognizes the appeal of hatchbacks. For those who don’t need all the capability of an SUV, but would like the cargo space, the hatchback segment is an uncommon but useful one for most drivers. A raised roofline in the rear means opening up the model to fit much more than a standard compact car. If this appeals to your sense of practicality, you’re likely to find yourself comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Golf vs 2018 Honda Fit.

At first glance, these two models may seem similar in appearance, but once you dig deeper into the specs you’ll find that the vehicles are very different in key areas. It’s these differences that are likely to sway you one way or the other.

2018 Volkswagen Golf


2018 Honda Fit

1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 1.5-liter 4-cylinder
170hp/184 lb-ft of torque Performance 130hp/114 lb-ft of torque
93.5 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 95.7 cu. ft.
22.8 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 16.6 cu. ft.

Golf vs Fit pricing and value

There’s no denying that the 2018 Honda Fit is quite a lot less expensive than the 2018 Volkswagen Golf, but there are obvious reasons for this. A primary concern for Honda when creating the fit was making a vehicle that could produce the best fuel economy without relying on an expensive hybrid system or turbocharged engine. The results are a model that receives an EPA-estimated 29 city and 36 highway mpg rating with the six-speed manual transmission.

Volkswagen doesn’t shy away from turbocharged engines, but rather actively embraces them. Its fuel economy ratings for the Golf may be just shy of what the Fit offers with the Golf’s EPA-estimated 25 city and 34 highway mpg rating, but there’s a good reason. Power. A quick look at the performance specs and you realize that the Honda Fit is a perfect city car, but one that is slow to accelerate up to highway speeds. This can be anxiety-inducing for most shoppers, which is why the Golf is still the popular choice.

Another reason motorist like the Golf? Though it has slightly less passenger space, it does have more cargo room. Which for many is the primary purpose in buying a hatchback.

Of course, the best way to decide between models is to take a test drive. Stop by and visit us at Armstrong Volkswagen to see if the 2018 Volkswagen Golf is the right choice for you.