2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

side by side comparison image of a 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and a 2018 Toyota Corolla, both blue and in the city

Not all compact cars are created equal. For some drivers, there are subtle differences that can make one vehicle better than the other. In other comparisons, the contrast is a little more evident. In this 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla comparison, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta delivers several advantages when compared against the Toyota compact car, and not just the unique styling that all Volkswagen models bring to the road.

One is sheer size. While both of these models are considered compact cars, the 2018 Jetta offers significantly more cargo space. Its 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space makes this model more useful for transporting luggage or groceries. In contrast, the 2018 Toyota Corolla has just 13 cubic feet of space. That means that the Volkswagen compact car can hold much more cargo than the 2018 Corolla. These models both seat five passengers and have a similar starting MSRP.

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2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla
$18,645 Starting MSRP $18,600
15.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 13 cubic feet
1.4-L 4-cylinder (150 hp) Engine 1.8-L 4-cylinder (132 hp)
28/40 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 28/36 mpg

Engine Options on the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta also excels when it comes to engine output in this comparison. All models of the 2018 Toyota Corolla come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated on most trims (with the exception of the LE Eco) for just 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. That is a huge contrast with the 150-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine standard on the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta, which offers an immediate 184 pound-feet of torque for responsive acceleration. The Jetta in this 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla comparison also offers better mileage in its base trim than the Corolla lineup, with the exception of the LE Eco trim, which has a slight advantage.

Drivers who want even more engine power also have options on the 2018 VW Jetta. SE Sport and SEL trims of the 2018 Jetta are available with a 1.8-liter engine that offers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, while the performance-oriented 2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI model comes with a 210-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine rated for 207 pound-feet of torque.

Drivers can also enjoy the many luxury features available on a VW Jetta like a sunroof, a multi-function steering wheel, and heated front seats. To learn more about the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta in the Topeka KS area, contact a representative at the New Volkswagen of Topeka today.


front and rear seats in the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta
side view of a white 2018 Volkswagen Jetta, people, trees, buildings in the background
side headlight and grille close-up for the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta
2018 Volkswagen Jetta steering wheel and gauge cluster