2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Nissan Altima

side by side comparison image pitting the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs the 2018 Nissan Altima

With the plethora of attractive midsize and compact sedans on the market, it can be hard to choose between different models. In this 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Nissan Altima comparison, we are going to look at a compact model from Volkswagen against an entry-level midsize model from Nissan. Because of the difference in segment, the 2018 VW Jetta is available with a much lower starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price than the Nissan option. It also offers driving advantages, like better city and highway mileage. For those who want an affordable commuting vehicle for long and short journeys alike, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta may be a more affordable option that still seats five passengers and has competitive interior space.

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta will also come standard with the new People First six-year/72,000-mile warranty from Volkswagen, meaning that new car shoppers can be assured of quality and protection along with their vehicle.

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2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Nissan Altima
$18,645 Starting MSRP $23,260
15.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 15.4 cubic feet
6 years/72,000 miles Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
1.4-L 4-cylinder (28/40 mpg) Base Engine (city/highway mileage) 2.5-L 4-cylinder (27/38 mpg)

Interior Space and Driving Advantages of the 2018 VW Jetta

Not only does the Jetta have an advantage in fuel economy in this 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Nissan Altima comparison, but this model also is very competitive when it comes to sizing. While the 2018 Nissan Altima has more cabin space for passengers, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta has more trunk space and more rear leg room.

The VW compact sedan also has some engine features that make it attractive. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Nissan Altima is rated for 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, while the 2018 Jetta’s base 1.4-liter four-cylinder offers 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. While the Nissan model does have more horsepower, the extra pound-feet of torque available with the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta may make it more enjoyable to drive and accelerate.

Would you like to explore the handling and interior of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta for yourself in the Topeka KS area? Contact a member of the New Volkswagen of Topeka sales team today, explore our new Jetta inventory, or schedule a test drive online to learn more.


interior seating of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta in cream
closed trunk of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta, seen from the side
white 2018 Volkswagen Jetta seen from the side, driving through a town
front view of the black steering wheel of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta