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2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic

Compact cars seem to have an obvious appeal in any lineup, as the low starting cost makes them affordable for anyone from recent graduates starting out their careers, to those looking for an extra vehicle to save money on commuting. Not only are they efficient and affordable, but those looking for a lease may find them even more appealing as the economy models are included in almost every sales event. This being the case, it only makes sense to compare the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic, as the Japanese automaker poses as one of the strongest competitors to VW. When it comes to appearances, the vehicles offer very different looks, both for the interior and exterior, though they stay consistent to their own aesthetics. You’ll find the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta has an understated styling that is refined and attractive, while the 2016 Honda Civic seems to attempt to shed its previously bean-like silhouette for a sportier and tech-driven appearance.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic


Starting MSRP $18,640
28 city/40 hwy MPG 27 city/40 hwy
15.7 cu. ft. Cargo 15.1 cu. ft.
1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder

Choosing between the 2016 VW Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic

With vehicles as similar as these two, choosing between them comes down to looking at specific features and specs. Keeping in mind that the Volkswagen Jetta has a starting price that falls nearly $1,000 below the Honda Civic, you may find it’s an appealing option. When it comes to power, the 2016 model year brings a new turbocharged engine to the Jetta, which now as a 1.4-liter turbo four that delivers 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is only slightly less horsepower than the Honda Civic, but much more torque. This means acceleration feels more spirited in the Jetta, which will be appreciated for getting up to highway speeds.

When it comes to fuel economy, the vehicles are well-matched, earning equal estimates of 40 mpg for highway, with the Jetta skating in just one mpg higher for city driving. Likewise, you won’t notice a difference when it comes to space, though the Jetta once again slides ahead when it comes to rear seat legroom and overall cargo capacity.

With features and benefits primarily being the same, the best way to decide between the models is to feel the quality of the interior and the smoothness of the driving style. Schedule a test drive at Compass Volkswagen, serving the Middletown, Goshen, Monroe, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Montgomery and Blooming Grove areas, to test drive the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.

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