2020 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2020 Honda Insight

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Safety

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The Golf has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Insight doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Golf has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Insight doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Golf's blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle's blind spots where the side view mirrors don't reveal them. The Insight doesn’t offer electronic blind spot warning, only an optional monitor on the passenger side.

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

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

Golf

Insight

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/169 lbs.

147/283 lbs.

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

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 Volkswagen Golf is safer than the Honda Insight:

Golf

Insight

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

220

Hip Force

310 lbs.

316 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

274

279

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

Warranty

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The Golf comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Insight’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Golf’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Insight’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Golf for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Insight.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Golf has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Insight (13.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Golf’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Insight:

Golf

Insight

Front Rotors

11.3 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

10.2 inches

The Golf stops much shorter than the Insight:

Golf

Insight

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Golf has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Insight; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Golf has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Insight doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Golf TSI handles at .86 G’s, while the Insight Touring pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Golf TSI executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Insight Touring (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Golf is 1 foot, 4 inches shorter than the Insight, making the Golf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Golf has a much larger trunk than the Fit with its rear seat up (22.8 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Golf’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Insight’s useful trunk space.

The Golf’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Insight’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

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The Golf uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Insight uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Golf and the Insight have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Golf is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Insight prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Golf’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Insight’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Golf’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Insight’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Golf to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Insight doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Golf has a standard rear wiper. The Insight doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Both the Golf and the Insight offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Golf has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Insight doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Golf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Golf will cost $640 less than the Insight over a five-year period.

The Golf will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Golf will retain 41.43% to 42.06% of its original price after five years, while the Insight only retains 38.77% to 39.07%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Golf and the Honda Insight, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 14 years. The Insight has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Insight has never been chosen.

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Honda Insight by 58% during 2019.

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