2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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Safety

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Both the HR-V and the Golf Alltrack have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

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The HR-V 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 Alltrack.

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 HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

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The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Golf Alltrack has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the HR-V’s reliability 14 points higher than the Golf Alltrack.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Golf Alltrack:

 

 

HR-V

Golf

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

 

n/a

22 city/32 hwy

1.8T/Manual

 

LX 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/31 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

1.8T/Auto

 

4 cyl./Auto

26 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

Transmission

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The Honda HR-V comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Golf Alltrack.

The HR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the HR-V’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Golf Alltrack:

 

HR-V

Golf Alltrack

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.7 inches

The HR-V stops shorter than the Golf Alltrack:

 

HR-V

Golf Alltrack

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the HR-V has larger tires than the Golf Alltrack (215/55R17 vs. 205/55R17).

Suspension and Handling

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The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Golf Alltrack SEL pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

The HR-V is 9.8 inches shorter than the Golf Alltrack, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The HR-V has 5.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Golf Alltrack (100.1 vs. 94.3).

The HR-V has .9 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Golf Alltrack.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the HR-V’s rear seats recline. The Golf Alltrack’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the HR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Golf Alltrack only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Golf Alltrack’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Model Availability

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The HR-V is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Golf Alltrack doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the HR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the HR-V will cost $445 less than the Golf Alltrack over a five-year period.

The HR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the HR-V will retain 52.5% to 54.17% of its original price after five years, while the Golf Alltrack only retains 47.2% to 48.65%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda HR-V will be $6494 to $7580 less than for the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda HR-V and the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Honda HR-V outsold the Volkswagen Golf/GTI by 36% during 2017.

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