2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Toyota Corolla
Review from Your Seaside Area Volkswagen Dealers

Anyone who has been looking for a compact sedan knows there are many models to choose from. Customers walk into dealerships like the Seaside VW Dealers every day, wondering which car is the best. Most people don’t have time to compare all the leading vehicles and study every feature to see which one is right for them. Thankfully, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. We’ll compare two popular small sedans, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and GLI. The Toyota Corolla is offered in eight trims, listed as L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, SE 50th Anniversary edition and XSE.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta starts at $18,715 for the base S trim, beating out the MSRP of the 2017 Toyota Corolla L model by $685.

When you’re out driving with your family, you want a car with an engine that provides enough power to allow you to drive confidently. The Seaside VW dealers show the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta has three engines on offer, while the 2017 Toyota Corolla only has two. The Jetta’s base engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder block that makes 150 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The Toyota Corolla’s base engine is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that puts out just 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. We’ll do the math for you: the Jetta’s base engine has 18 more horses and 56 lb.-ft. more torque than the Corolla’s.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, consider this: the Jetta’s base four-cylinder is more powerful than the Corolla’s top-of-the-line engine, which is only good for 140 horsepower and 126 lb.-ft. of torque. Compare this with the Jetta GLI trim’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger, which blasts out 210 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque and you’ll realize just how underpowered the Corolla is.

Fuel Economy

With all that power, you might expect the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta to be less fuel efficient than the 2017 Toyota Corolla, but that isn’t the case. The Jetta’s base engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway with manual transmission and 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway with the automatic.* By comparison, the Corolla gets just 27/35 with the six-speed manual, 28/36 with the CVT and 16-inch wheels, and 28/35 with the CVT and 17-inch wheels. The Jetta wins across the board.

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a pleasure to drive, with a trio of powerful engines that Edmunds.com called the most appealing powertrain lineup in its class. On the other hand, the driving experience provided by the 2017 Toyota Corolla, while adequate, doesn’t generate much excitement among driving enthusiasts.

When it comes to interior space, it’s hard to beat the VW Jetta. The Jetta’s backseat is one of the roomiest in its class. Trunk volume is impressive, with 15.5 cubic feet, an amount of space that even beats midsize sedans. The Corolla doesn’t provide the amount of interior space as the Jetta, and the trunk only has 13 cubic feet of space.

When you compare the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta to the 2017 Toyota Corolla side by side, you can only come to one conclusion: the Jetta is the clear winner.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.