The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan that delivers a smooth ride and features plenty of space in the cabin for passengers and their stuff. According to the Seaside area Volkswagen dealerships like Cardinale VW the 2020 Jetta has almost as much cabin space as a midsize sedan.
Those shopping for a midsize sedan may be considering the 2020 Honda Civic, which has been quite popular throughout the years. Let’s see how the VW Jetta compares with the Civic.
Price is an important consideration for most car buyers. Buyers who choose the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta will save money compared with those who select the Civic. The Jetta has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at just $18,895. The 2020 Honda Civic has a starting MSRP of $19,850. As you can see, that’s a difference of about $1,000, money that’s better kept in your wallet. We should mention that the MSRP isn’t the actual price you’ll pay at a dealership like Cardinale VW a VW dealer near Seaside. We use this figure to compare these two vehicles.
Car buyers will want a powerful engine for accelerating onto the freeway and passing vehicles. The 2020 Jetta is a better performer than the Civic. All Jetta trim levels come with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Compare this with the Honda Civic’s base engine, which develops 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. The Civic makes slightly more horsepower, but the Jetta generates substantially more torque. As a result, the Jetta has more power available to send to the wheels.
Step up to the Civic’s upgraded turbocharged 1.5-liter base engine, and it’s still no match for the Jetta’s torque, with 180 hp and 177 lb-ft with the manual transmission. With the CVT, the torque figure drops to 162 lb-ft.
If you’ve been looking for a car that delivers excellent fuel economy, you’ll choose the 2020 Jetta over the 2020 Civic. The Jetta gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway.* The best fuel economy figures you’ll get from the Civic’s base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway with the automatic transmission in sedan and LX coupe models.
Passengers inside the 2020 VW Jetta will enjoy its whisper-quiet cabin as well as its smooth ride. Honda Civic passengers will have to put up with some engine and road noise inside the cabin. They’ll experience more road bumps, too.
The 2020 VW Jetta comes with a longer basic warranty than the 2020 Honda Civic. The Jetta gets a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, compared with Honda’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty. The Jetta and the Civic both come with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
In the End
The 2020 Honda Civic is a popular model with many fine qualities, but it doesn’t compare to the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta is less expensive, comes with a more powerful standard engine, provides better fuel economy, delivers a smoother and quieter ride, and has a longer basic warranty.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 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.