Competition is tough in the compact sedan segment with countless quality models to choose from. Regardless of which automotive class catches your eye, the Volkswagen brand has something to offer and can be found among class leaders. Equipped with turbocharged performance, sleek styling, a well-equipped interior and frugal fuel-economy ratings, the compact Volkswagen Jetta is among class leaders. Take a look at how the German-engineered compact sedan fairs against the redesigned Honda Civic in our 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic comparison.
Available in six trim levels with three engine options and a hybrid powertrain to choose from, the standard 2016 Volkswagen Jetta can be tailor-made to fit your lifestyle. With an affordable price tag and plenty of thrills packed under the hood, the Volkswagen Jetta is the total package and when you slide into the driver’s seat you will be hooked. A standard MIB II infotainment system provides you with a vivid 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth capabilities, USB ports and access to VW Car-Net. When you add VW Car-Net technology you will also gain access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone apps. Upgrading to upper trims will add advanced convenience features to include push button start, a sunroof, heated front seats and V-Tex premium upholstery.
More Power, More Options and Lower Price Highlight the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta
When you initially compare the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and 2016 Honda Civic, the Volkswagen compact sedan provides a distinct advantage in price. Priced affordably starting at $17,680, the Volkswagen Jetta nearly mirrors the performance specs of the Honda Civic competition with a lower price. Under the hood, the stock Volkswagen Jetta features a 150-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder. Paired with the popular six-speed automatic, the Jetta will make 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. By comparison, the standard Honda Civic with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission will manufacture 158 horsepower and 41 mpg on the highway.
What truly sets the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta apart from its competitors is a wealth of engine options. A potent turbocharged 1.8-liter TSI four-cylinder will upgrade your performance to the tune of 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and an available Sport trim will further amplify your performance with a sport-tuned suspension. Powered by the 1.8-liter turbo, the Volkswagen Jetta will go from zero to 60 mph in a class-leading 7.4 seconds. The Honda Civic answers with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. If you really want to up the ante, you can opt for the Volkswagen Jetta GLI 210-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder. If premium fuel economy is your focus, the Jetta Hybrid will achieve 48 mpg on the highway.