29 July 2021

It's the battle of the long names, as the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45, a new 2021 limited edition Golf GTI, takes on our favourite big hot hatchback of recent years, the 2020 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition.

The Golf 45 edition celebrates, as the name suggests, the GTI's 45th anniversary. As such, this special model gets a power boost over the regular Golf GTI to 296bhp, which is good for 0-62mph in 5.6sec, and a top speed of some 166mph. The special Golf costs £39,380 in the UK.

That puts in on a par with the very rare 2020 Civic Type R Limited Edition, just 20 of which came to the UK, shorn of air conditioning and a stereo to make them lighter. It cost £39,995 and has a little more power than the Golf, at 316bhp, which gave it a 5.7sec 0-62mph time and a top speed of 169mph.

Which, though, is the nicer car to drive? Limited Golf, or Limited Civic? Our testers Richard Lane and Matt Prior take to the roads to find out.


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Zapetero 8 August 2021

Its un shame Honda are Leaving Le shores de britain, bretagne. Honda have been treated appaLingLy en Le uk, despite their f1 success.

scrap 29 July 2021

Both these journalists are fine writers... and your best video reviewers as well. Matt comes across as affable and knowledgeable, Richard has a great turn of phrase and ability to get straight into answering the key questions. Most importantly, I trust their taste in motors, which still makes Autocar a cut above all the you tube influencers when assessing cars.