Volkswagen Jetta Overpowers the Honda Civic in Compact Sedan Comparison

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, New Models, Volkswagen Jetta on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 3:11 pm
2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic at Karen Radley Volkswagen-Woodbridge VA

2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic

The automotive industry is a battleground, littered with bomb craters of vanquished automobiles that simply couldn’t make it. Within that battlefield each segment wages its own personal combat and none are more fierce than the compact sedan class. Built on a foundation of athletic styles, thrilling power and efficient fuel economy ratings, the battle intensifies each time a new model is unveiled, striving to overpower the competition. This year is no different and our 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic comparison highlights elite new compact sedans like the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.

Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic Price and Features

One of the first things that any car shopper looks at is price and in this Jetta vs Civic comparison, the competitors are neck and neck. Base Volkswagen Jetta models are priced starting at $18,780 and trust us — you get what you pay for. By comparison, the 2016 Honda Civic starts at $18,640. With a price difference that is negligible, it is important to look at standard features.

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All Volkswagen Jetta models come standard with the all-new MIB II infotainment system that includes a five-inch touchscreen interface, USB connectivity and Bluetooth hands-free features. This can be upgraded to include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink smartphone integration services. Similar elements are included in the 2016 Honda Civic interior. Both models also offer advanced crash-prevention technology and when equipped with the Driver Assistance package, the Volkswagen Jetta earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic Engine Options

With four powertrains to choose from including a hybrid powertrain that makes 150 horsepower and 48 mpg on the highway, the Volkswagen Jetta offers something for everyone. Base models are powered by a thrilling turbocharged and direct-injected 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder that makes 150 horsepower and 39 mp on the highway with a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard Honda Civic editions feature a 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder that is billed as the most powerful stock Civic engine to date and is expected to reach 41 mpg on the highway.

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Upgrading to a new engine for the Honda Civic means a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 42 mpg on the highway. Next up in the Volkswagen Jetta power lineup is a turbocharged 1.8-liter TSI engine that makes 170 horsepower and an exceptional 37 mpg on the highway. At the top of the Jetta heap, you will find the turbocharged 210-horsepower 2.0-liter Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which is capable of thrilling performance and a frugal 33 mpg on the highway. While no official power numbers have yet been released by Honda, the performance found behind the wheel of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta will be tough to beat and when it comes to reliability, the German-engineered Jetta gets the nod over a recently redesigned model.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic at Karen Radley Volkswagen-Woodbridge VA-Black 2016 VW Jetta Exterior
2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic at Karen Radley Volkswagen-Woodbridge VA-2016 VW Jetta Interior

If you are looking for an unrivaled compact sedan that will deliver a fun drive, efficient fuel economy ratings, exciting power, an affordable price and a long list of standard features, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is an elite option. Armed with our 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic comparison, you can now make a more informed car-buying decision and buy more confidently. Stop in today at Karen Radley Volkswagen in Woodbridge, VA to get first hand experience in the driver’s seat of the Volkswagen Jetta when you schedule a test drive.