I agree that the Civic still looks better than the Golf, unfortunately it's not all about that in this day and age.
Good point. What's better about the Golf compared to the Civic ? ( I would think no car model/manufacturer 'dominates' every other make- one is perhaps superior in one respect, another in a different respect)
Also some makers cleverly limit the spec. of a model to give it an attractive price using the badge 'Kudos' to bring the punters in (I'm thinking german makes here). An example, a daughter of my partner's friend recently bought a 1 series bmw 'because she has finally got some road/street respect'.