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2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Toyota Corolla

The compact car will always have a purpose in the automotive world, as it is the most practical option for many people. Sure, it can be a tight fit for tall drivers or those who travel frequently as a family, but for those who drive alone or with just a single passenger, a smaller option can be ideal. Fuel savings is impressive, features abound and the starting price is hard to argue against. For those looking for inexpensive and attractive options, it’s only natural to compare the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Toyota Corolla. Both automakers have solid reputations for their compact cars, which are inexpensive to maintain and remain durable. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta does have an advantage this year as it was upgraded to have a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as the base option for this model year. It’s an important change, as it easily outpaces the 2016 Toyota Corolla, while also managing to offer better fuel economy. These are important factors for anyone who desires both fun and function behind the wheel.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Toyota Corolla
150 hp, 184 lb-ft
1.4-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder
Base Engine Specs 132 hp, 128 lb-ft
1.8-liter, 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated
28 city / 39 highway Base Fuel Economy 27 city / 36 highway
15.7 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 13 cu. ft.
Available Andriod Auto / Apple CarPlay Not Available

Benefits of driving a 2016 VW Jetta over the Toyota Corolla

There are quite a few factors involved in the overall decision to buy any particular model. One of the first things anyone is going to consider is the style of a model. This is entirely picked by the eye of each shopper individually, but the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta does have a more refined appearance and the 2016 Toyota Corolla has an awkward front bumper that attempts to be sporty, but doesn’t succeed in the minds of everyone.

It's already clear that the better base engine is found under the unassuming hood of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, but there are a few other benefits to driving it other than performance and fuel economy. The model also has more cargo space, which can be an issue for those driving compact cars. A full 2.7 extra cubic feet won’t go unnoticed when packing in groceries for a big holiday meal or dinner party.

When it comes to standard features, both models offer basics like a touchscreen infotainment system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth with audio, full power features, USB ports, air-conditioning and CD players, but the Corolla seems to put more emphasis on looks over actual conveniences. One example of this is the fact that the base model does not include cruise control, an important feature for commuters. Even its base transmission options are less than perfect, because while it offers a CVT in higher trims, the L has either a six-speed manual or an incredibly outdated four-speed automatic. The Jetta, in comparison, comes standard with cruise control and the base-level S trim has a five-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic upgrade.

Other standard features found in the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta include keyless entry, heated side mirrors and cloth seating surfaces, but one technology to note is the VW App-Connect suite available on higher trims. Unlike Toyota’s Entune system, VW has opted to offer Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity for advanced smartphone integration. To see how this system works, stop by Compass Volkswagen to take the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta for a test drive.