2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic

Drivers looking for a compact and economical commuting vehicle have many options to choose from. However, many of those options lack in interior comfort features and the conveniences that can make the daily commute not just a requirement but a pleasure. In this 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic comparison, we are going to look at two small cars that can offer engaging driving as well as excellent fuel economy at a very affordable price.

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta has German charm and a unique look. It is available in S, SE, SEL and GLI trim levels. The 2017 Honda Civic is available as a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. Its sedan trim levels are LX, EX, EX-T, EX-L and Touring. Even on the base model the Jetta comes with a five-inch touchscreen display, a CD player, and keyless entry. Both models offer standard cruise control, air conditioning, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a rearview camera.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic
$17,895 Starting MSRP $18,740
1.4-L 4-cylinder (150 hp, 184 lb-ft) Base Engine 2.0-L 4-cylinder (158 hp, 138 lb-ft)
210 hp Top Horsepower 174 hp
15.7 cubic feet Cargo 15.1 cubic feet

High Torque on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

When comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs the 2017 Honda Civic, at first blush it might look like the Civic has the driving advantages until you get to the elite GLI trim of the 2017 Jetta, which features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can crank out 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The 2017 Honda Civic has a slight advantage in horsepower power with the base engine, and offers 4 more horsepower in the more advanced engine. However, when you look at the torque output of these two vehicles, it tells a very different performance story. When it comes to torque, which allows a car to accelerate smoothly and confidently on the highway, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta easily outmatches its Honda rival. In the base engine, the Jetta offers 50 pound-feet more torque, while it still has an advantages when moving to the more powerful engine option. For commuters who want to be able to meet daily driving challenges easily, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is likely a more responsive option.

Both of these vehicles offers many available advanced safety features. Crash avoidance technology like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings, and automatic emergency braking is standard on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL and the 2017 Honda Civic Touring (sedan) and Sport Touring (hatchback). For more information on this comparison, or to test drive a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta in Topeka KS, contact a member of The New Volkswagen of Topeka sales team today.
seating in the 2017 VW Jetta
wheel close-up of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Volkswagen Jetta infortainment
side view of the 2017 VW Jetta