Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Civic Sedan VS 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Civic Sedan

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2018 Volkswagen Beetle

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Civic Sedan/Hatchback are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Civic offers optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Beetle doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Civic’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Beetle doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the Volkswagen Beetle:

 

Civic

Beetle

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

201

256

Neck Injury Risk

20%

22%

Neck Stress

176 lbs.

227 lbs.

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

107 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

192/350 lbs.

421/664 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

265

404

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

39%

Neck Stress

131 lbs.

202 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

118 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

445/224 lbs.

395/294 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Civic Sedan is safer than the Beetle:

 

Civic

Beetle

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

21 cm

23 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.2/.5 kN

2.19/1.63 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

GOOD

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Civic is safer than the Volkswagen Beetle:

 

Civic

Beetle

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

306 lbs.

427 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

356 lbs.

766 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

12 inches

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

727 lbs.

804 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Beetle was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Civic 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 Beetle.

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’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Civic has a standard 500-amp battery. The Beetle’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 12 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine Comparison

The Civic Hatchback Sport’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (180 vs. 174) than the Beetle’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Civic 1.5T is faster than the Volkswagen Beetle (automatics tested):

 

Civic

Beetle

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.9 sec

22.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

125 MPH

118 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Beetle:

 

 

Civic

Beetle

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5T/Manual

30 city/41 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

30 city/39 hwy

26 city/33 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

1.5T/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

Dune/Auto

The Civic 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 Beetle doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Civic stops much shorter than the Beetle:

 

Civic

Beetle

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Beetle’s standard 60 series tires. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Beetle’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Civic’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 Beetle doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Beetle (106.3 inches vs. 100 inches).

The Civic Sport Hatchback handles at .93 G’s, while the Beetle Dune Convertible pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Civic may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Volkswagen Beetle.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Civic has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Beetle can only carry 4.

The Civic Coupe has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Beetle Coupe (91 vs. 85.1).

The Civic Coupe has 1 inch more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Beetle Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Civic Hatchback easier. The Civic Hatchback’s trunk lift-over height is 27 inches, while the Beetle’s liftover is 27.9 inches. The Civic Sedan’s liftover is only 26.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Civic (except LX/Manual) has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Beetle doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Civic’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Volkswagen does not offer a locking feature on the Beetle’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left down on the Civic the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Beetle can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Beetle only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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

Both the Civic and the Beetle offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring Sedan/Sport Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Beetle.

The Civic has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Beetle doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Beetle doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Civic’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Beetle’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Civic is less expensive to operate than the Beetle because it costs $495 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Civic than the Beetle, including $223 less for a water pump, $594 less for an alternator, $43 less for front brake pads, $81 less for fuel injection, $118 less for front struts, $344 less for a timing belt/chain and $359 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Civic will be $2786 to $8572 less than for the Volkswagen Beetle.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Civic second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Beetle isn’t in the top three.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 21 years. The Beetle hasn’t been picked since 2000.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Beetle was Car of the Year in 1999.

The Honda Civic outsold the Volkswagen Beetle by over 23 to one during 2016.

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