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  • The 2022 Honda Civic Si’s specs and potential
  • The 2022 Volkswagen GTI and how it compares to the Si
  • We hand down the best new hot hatch crown

Hot hatches are the swiss army knife of cars. They’ve got everything you need in a car and a knife-edge focus on driving. Two of the newest hatches, the 2022 Honda Civic and the 2022 Volkswagen GTI have been going at it since time immemorial.

Now, with the new Civic Si finally here, it’s time to sort out who takes the crown for the latest generation.

The 2022 Volkswagen GTI is a FWD icon

A grey 2022 Volkswagen GTI shot in a misty forest from the front 3/4 angle
The 2022 Volkswagen GTI gets a radical design change | Volkswagen

The 2022 Honda Civic Si has to compete with an icon of affordable performance, now back for its eighth generation. Moreover, the 2022 Volkswagen GTI promises to improve upon the excellent MK7 GTI in just about every way. On paper, it delivers. The new GTI is lighter, faster, and more refined than the last generation thanks to a host of changes.

Notably, you can also still spec yours with a manual transmission, per the spec sheet below. However, the new MK8 is let down severely by its interior. Where the MK7 improved and revolutionized, the MK8 fails. Haptic touch controls and poor layout plague the new car in a way we never thought possible.

The 2022 Honda Civic Si is fast as all hell

The front of an orange 2022 Honda Civic Si
The newest Civic Si | Honda

Where the 2022 Volkswagen GTI fails, the 2022 Honda Civic Si sticks the landing. The new Civic’s interior teaches a masterclass in ergonomics and usability the GTI wishes it could even come close to mimicking. However, the Civic does, on paper at least, appear to be slower than its competition. 200 hp and 2,900 lbs is sure to be a riot, but the GTI makes almost 100 more lb-ft of torque.

Given Honda’s recent success with the Civic platform in the form of the Type R, we wouldn’t be surprised if the new car easily keeps pace with the GTI over the same stretch of road. You have optional summer tires to thank for that, something the as-yet-unreleased GTI won’t have (at least right now). All this to say nothing of price.

Honda’s Civic Si is a bargain on wheels

An orange 2022 Honda Civic Si shot from the front 3/4 on a mountain pass
The 2022 Civic Si is a hell of a deal | Honda

The 2022 Honda Civic Si doesn’t have pricing yet, but we estimate an MSRP of $27,500. In comparison, the GTI starts where the new Civic is likely to top out, at $30,540. Moreover, you can easily spend another $8,000 on a 2022 Volkswagen GTI should you wish. At the end of the day, the GTI’s interior and heavy price let it down. You just can’t beat the new Civic Si as a performance car and as a value proposition.

Specs sheet2022 Honda Civic Si2022 Volkswagen GTI
Price$27,500 MSRP (MotorBiscuit est.)$30,540 MSRP
Engine and powertrain1.5 L DOHC VTEC Turbocharged four-cylinder
200 hp @ 6,000 rpm
192 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
2.0 L DOHC Turbocharged four-cylinder
241 hp @ 6,500 rpm
273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
TransmissionSix-speed manual transmissionSix-speed manual transmission or Volkswagen DSG dual-clutch automatic
Suspension and wheelsMacPherson Strut Front/Multi-Link Rear
18-inch wheel
235/40R18 (all-season/summer)
Multi-Link Front & Rear
19-inch wheel
235/35R19 (all-season/summer)
Dimensions and curb weight(L) 184.0 in. (H) 55.7 in. (W) 70.9 in.
Track: 60.5 in. / 61.6 in.
2,952 lbs.
(L) 168.8 in. (H) 58.2 in. (W) 70.4 in.
Track: 60.6 in. / 59.7 in.
3,154 lbs.
FeaturesSport-Tuned Suspension and Brakes, 10 airbags,
Wireless Carplay and Android Auto, Bose Premium Sound System with 12 Speakers, including Subwoofer,
9-inch touch screen with volume knob
Adaptive suspension, Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Wireless Carplay and Android Auto, no volume knob, 8-inch touch screen, 6-speaker sound system

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