2015 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze
Efficiency is a driving factor behind the success of the compact sedan class and has endeared the segment leaders to many drivers in the Woodbridge, VA area. With incredible examples like the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta in this automotive segment, the competition is fierce and with the unveiling of the completely redesigned 2016 Chevy Cruze it has become even more so. Built with a new design that is geared towards higher fuel economy ratings the Chevy Cruze is sure to turn some heads, but does it have what it takes to compete with the German-engineered Volkswagen Jetta? Take a look at our 2015 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze comparison to help answer the question — is the Volkswagen Jetta more efficient than the Chevy Cruze?
2016 Chevy Cruze Design and Fuel Economy Ratings
As the challenger in our compact sedan comparison, we are detailing the design and efficiency of the all-new Chevy Cruze first. Built using a stronger, lighter structure, the 2016 Chevy Cruze is larger and lighter than ever, shedding about 250 pounds. Capitalizing on the new design, Chevy engineers are employing an all-new turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine that yields 153 horsepower. Implementing direct injection and stop/start technology, which shuts down the engine briefly when halted in stop-and-go traffic, the new 2016 Chevy Cruze is expected to achieve up to 40 mpg on the highway with a maximum highway driving range of 530 miles. Chevy Cruze models will be available with a diesel engine later in 2017 as well.
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Design and Fuel Economy Ratings
German engineering is nothing if not efficient and the versatile Volkswagen Jetta design is a prime example of what the Volkswagen brand has to offer. With five powertrains to choose from, current Volkswagen Jetta models will meet and surpass the fuel economy ratings of the 2016 Chevy Cruze based on which power platform you choose. Base Jetta editions are equipped with a basic 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 115 horsepower and 34 mpg on the highway. The mainstay of the Jetta power lineup, however, is a 170-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will shell out 184 pound-feet of torque and 37 mpg on the highway regardless of transmission choice.
There is no doubt that the numbers projected for the 2016 Chevy Cruze are impressive, but they can’t compete with the availability of hybrid and diesel powertrains in the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta lineup. If you are looking for versatility, power and efficiency, the Volkswagen Jetta comes out on top in our 2015 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze comparison. Another advantage is availability. New Chevy Cruze models won’t hit the streets until early 2016, while you can get behind the wheel of a new Jetta today at Karen Radley Volkswagen. Explore our inventory of new Volkswagen models and schedule a test drive today! You won’t be disappointed.