The 2014 Honda Civic SI Coupe vs. the 2014 Volkswagen GTI

When you are looking for a performance coupe near Middletown or Mechanicstown, we hope just one name comes to your mind: Middletown Honda. We have the SI Coupe trim for the 2014 Honda Civic available now here at Middletown Honda. When it comes to a track-ready performance-tuned coupe, we have a hard time thinking of a better choice.

The 2014 Volkswagen GTI is one of the most popular vehicles in the small car performance class, though. Does the Civic SI Coupe compare?

Honda Offers the Better Deal

One of the first things drivers notice that separates the GTI from the SI Coupe is the body style. The GTI is a famous member of the so-called “hot hatch” class of performance-tuned hatchbacks, but one of the biggest side effects of a hatchback is increased Size and, thus, increased cost. The 2014 GTI is priced at $25,095, while the 2014 Civic SI Coupe starts at just $22,790 (MSRP).

You get more than just $2,305 in savings when you choose the Civic, though.

Performance and Fuel Economy

While the Volkswagen is priced higher than the Honda, VW falls short in both power and fuel economy, though it’s a close race. Both the 2014 Civic SI Coupe and the VW GTI get an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway, but you’ll find the SI Coupe is more efficient in the city at an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to the 21 mpg of the GTI.*

It’s a small difference, but when you see that the Civic is also a bit more powerful—205 hp to the GTI’s 200 hp—it’s a sign of the superior engineering of a Honda. Superior engineering at a lower price, we might add.

Vehicle Features

Not one to be done with a vehicle once they’ve engineered it for success, Honda designers have given the Civic SI Coupe some of the most competitive features in its class, including:

  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio
  • Honda’s i-MID infotainment system with touchscreen
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Rearview camera system
  • Power moonroof

And that’s just the start of it. While some of these features are available on the GTI, you won’t find them all—and to come close to what the Civic has to offer, you’ll have to upgrade.

Test Drive the SI Coupe Today

While it’s true of any car, it is especially true of performance-tuned vehicles like the 2014 Honda Civic SI Coupe that you must spend some quality time in the driver’s seat before you can make a decision. Luckily, Middletown and Mechanicstown drivers know just where they can take one for a test driveContact Middletown Honda today and schedule your test drive of the Civic SI Coupe.

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.