Many drivers appreciate the efficiency and affordability of a compact sedan. The 2020 VW Jetta is a popular model that’s currently available at the San Joaquin Valley Volkswagen dealership VW of Bakersfield. Not only is the new Jetta engaging to drive, but it also offers a lot of luxury for the money. When shopping for a compact car, some people will compare the 2020 VW Jetta to the 2020 Honda Civic. Let’s find out which model comes out ahead in this head-to-head comparison.
The San Joaquin Valley area Volkswagen dealership VW of Bakersfield lists the 2020 VW Jetta with a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $18,895. Meanwhile, the MSRP for the 2020 Honda Civic sedan starts at $19,850. By choosing the VW Jetta, you could save nearly $1,000.
If you desire maximum performance, step up to the racy Jetta GLI. Under its hood rests a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Don’t expect the Honda Civic Si’s smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to feel as strong. It only puts out 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Keep in mind that Honda doesn’t offer the Civic Si with an automatic transmission. The Jetta GLI allows you to choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
While the Civic comes loaded with a good amount of standard features, you’ll find the Jetta to be even better equipped. In contrast to the Civic, the Jetta comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone support. LED headlights, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are also standard on the Jetta. Furthermore, only the Jetta offers an HD digital gauge cluster. VW’s Digital Cockpit can even display Google Earth driving maps.
The Honda Civic is an attractive car. However, it doesn’t look as sophisticated and polished as the new VW Jetta. Clean lines help the Jetta age gracefully. You can expect it to remain stylish for years to come.
Like the 2020 VW Jetta, the 2020 Honda Civic provides excellent impact protection. They both earned an
NHTSA five-star overall safety rating. You also have access to advanced safety technologies, like automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. However, only the Jetta features an Intelligent Crash Response System. In the event that the car’s airbags are deployed during an accident, this system will automatically turn on the hazard lights and shut off the fuel pump. A post-collision braking system also comes standard on the Jetta, which helps prevent secondary impacts. Rear cross-traffic alert is another feature not available on the Civic.
A 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty gives the Jetta an advantage over the Civic. Honda covers the Civic with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. The Jetta also provides a seven-year corrosion warranty as opposed to a five-year corrosion warranty.
While the 2020 Honda Civic is a good car, it loses to the 2020 VW Jetta in several important categories. The new Jetta packs more value, offers a higher level of performance, and offers some exclusive features.