Affordability, efficiency, and practicality are staples of the compact sedan segment. While often stereotyped as less impressive than their mid- and full-size counterparts, the compact sedan category has taken giant leaps forward in recent years thanks to more turbocharged engine options and improved standard and available amenities. At the forefront of that movement are the VW Jetta and Honda Civic, which remain among the leaders in the class. For 2015, the two models continue to battle it out at the top of the class, but to iron out some of the details and help prospective buyers weigh their options, we put the 2015 VW Jetta vs. 2015 Honda Civic in a side-by-side comparison.
More specifically, we’ll compare the similarly priced 2015 VW Jetta 1.8T SE and the 2015 Honda Civic LX, which both have MSRPs near $19,000.
Under the hood, the 2015 VW Jetta 1.8T SE unsurprisingly is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine capable of pushing out 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 2015 Honda Civic LX also houses a four-cylinder engine, but a naturally aspirated unit that yields 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque.
When you climb inside the 2015 VW Jetta in Topeka KS, you’ll find an extremely comfortable and well-designed interior filled with amenities and conveniences that make the driving experience a little easier and more enjoyable. For instance, Jetta 1.8T SE models include heated side mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity with a 4-inch display, heated front seats, and satellite radio. An available Technology Package also allows buyers to add a rearview camera, keyless ignition, an upgraded audio system and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
While the 2015 Honda Civic LX does come with a standard rearview camera, it lacks a number of assets found in the Jetta 1.8T SE, such as satellite radio, heated mirrors, and heated seats. Although those features are available in higher Civic trims, they’ll end up costing you more money along the way. Get behind the wheel of a variety of 2015 VW Jetta trims and see how each fits your needs and budget at VW of Topeka.