2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

Every automotive segment is competitive these days, but it’s the compact sedan that many shoppers turn to when looking for a basic commuter vehicle or a smart and economical college car. Two top choices are being put head-to-head today; so how does the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compare vs the 2018 Honda Civic?

Mechanically, the vehicles take very different approaches to the segment. While the Jetta comes standard with a turbocharged engine, the Civic continues to feature a naturally-aspirated one. The result is that the Civic offers a small boost in horsepower, but a considerable dip in torque compared to the Jetta. Both models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, which is good news for stick shift enthusiasts, but opinions might differ for those who prefer automatic transmissions.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Honda Civic

$18,545 Starting MSRP $18,940
1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
147hp/184 lb-ft of torque Performance 158hp/138 lb-ft of torque
6-speed manual Standard Transmission 6-speed manual

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Features

With multiple trims offered for each vehicle, shoppers aren’t denied their preferences as far as standard and premium features are concerned. Both models are sure to offer a vast array of driver assistance options. Note, however, that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a less expensive car from the start, so it’s likely these options will be found at a better price point.

As indicated, an important consideration for some will be transmission options above the standard manual transmission. The 2018 Honda Civic is mated to a continuously variable transmission, which is often favored for its efficiency, but can be underwhelming as far as performance is concerned. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers an upgrade to an eight-speed autonomic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport modes. This option offers almost identical fuel economy, but allows for the driver to provide more input in the driving dynamics.

Mechanically, you know what the Jetta has to offer. So what are standard features like? The car has automatic headlights, LED exterior lighting, manual A/C, cruise control, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and more. Find out if this vehicle is the right choice for you when you stop by Karen Radley Volkswagen for a test drive. We happily serve customers from Tysons Corner, Vienna, Lorton, Springfield, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fairfax, Gainesville and Washington D.C.