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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2019 Honda Civic

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan that’s popular at dealers like the Bakersfield area car dealerships. There are a number of reasons the Jetta has remained a strong seller, including its comfortable ride and appealing, quiet and roomy interior. In fact, The Jetta has more interior space than some midsize sedans.

Some potential buyers who are shopping for vehicles in this class may also be considering the 2019 Honda Civic. The Civic has been a popular model for many years. We’ll take a look and see how it compares with the VW Jetta.

Price

Most car shoppers take a vehicle’s price into consideration before deciding which model is best for them. If you’ve been comparing the Jetta and the Civic, you’ll find the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will save you some money. The Jetta has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $18,745 at car dealers near Bakersfield. Compare this with the 2019 Hondas Civic, which has an MSRP that starts at $19,450. Of course, you won’t actually pay the MSRP when you buy either of these two vehicles. We use the figure to compare the relative prices.

Compare Performance

If you’re looking for a compact sedan that delivers exceptional performance, the Jetta fits the bill, providing higher performance than the Honda Civic. The Volkswagen Jetta is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The base engine under the hood of the Civic is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s only good for 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. While the Civic makes more horsepower than the Jetta, you’ll notice it produces a lot more torque, which means the Jetta has more power to spin the wheels. Even the Civic’s upgraded turbocharged 1.5-liter unit can’t match the Jetta’s base engine. It only generates 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque with the manual gearbox. With the CVT, those numbers dip to 180 hp and 162 lb-ft.

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Compare Fuel Economy

Gasoline prices are unpredictable these days, so it makes sense to buy a car that provides outstanding fuel economy. The Volkswagen Jetta’s standard 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, while the Civic’s base 2.0-liter engine only returns up to 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

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Interior

The Volkswagen Jetta’s driver and passengers will appreciate its quiet cabin and smooth ride. The Honda Civic’s cabin is noisier than the Jetta’s. Occupants will hear some road and engine noise. The ride will be a little bumpier, too.

Warranty

The 2019 VW Jetta has a better warranty than the 2019 Honda Civic. The Jetta gets a 6-year/72,000-mile basic warranty, which is twice as long as the 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty provided by Honda. The Jetta also comes with a 6-year/72,000-mile powertrain warranty, while the Civic only gets a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

In the End

The 2019 Honda Civic has many good qualities, but it’s outclassed by the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta is less expensive, has a more powerful base engine, is more fuel efficient, provides a better ride, and has a longer warranty.