Compare 2016 VW Jetta vs Honda Civic

2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic
2016 Volkswagen Jetta 2016Honda Civic
  4-Cyl, Turbo, 1.8 Liter Engine 4-Cyl, Turbo, 1.5 Liter
  184 @ 1500 rpm Torque 162 @ 1700 rpm
  Automatic, 6-Spd w/ Tiptronic & Sport Mode Transmission CVT
  Standard Navigation N/A
  183.3 Length 182.3

2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic

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Savvy buyers looking for a top-selling sedan will want to check out the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2016 Honda Civic. Both have economical fuel mileage, excellent build quality, great resale value, and a similar array of standard features, such as 17-inch wheels, FWD, front air conditioning, power steering and power windows. However, the Jetta provides better torque, more headroom, a real automatic transmission and a larger trunk, all while costing less. If you compare all the information, you'll agree that the Jetta is the better value and is more fun to drive.

Performance

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta SE costs $70 less than the Honda Civic EX L (with Honda sensing), yet the Jetta has a 1.8L 4-cylinder turbo engine that is bigger than the Honda's 1.5L 4-cylinder. That's one reason why the Jetta delivers 22 extra lb-ft of torque compared to the Honda. A real difference between the two sedans is the transmission. The Jetta has a silky automatic 6-speed featuring Tiptronic and Sport Mode, while the Honda is saddled with a continuously variable transmission. Although the Honda has improved handling for 2016, it is no match for the superior handling found in the Volkswagen.

Dimensions

The Jetta is a longer vehicle, coming in at 183.3 inches, compared to a 182.3-inch length for the Honda. The Jetta also features a larger payload capacity as well as an extra 2.1 gallons of fuel capacity. Furthermore, occupants in the Jetta will enjoy the extra 0.7 inches of front headroom and 0.3 inches of rear headroom. Rear passengers who like to stretch their legs will appreciate the 38.1 inches of rear legroom in the Jetta, as opposed to the 37.4 inches in the Civic. The folks in the comfortable rear row of the Jetta will also notice the extra 0.2 inches of shoulder room. If you pack luggage, you'll be happy to know that the Volkswagen has 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Honda makes do with 15.1 cubic feet.

Features

When you think about long-term value, conjure up the fact that the Volkswagen comes with a 12-year warranty against corrosion and rust-through. For some reason, Honda chooses to provide only a 5-year corrosion/rust-through warranty. Some of the extra value from Jetta is front-loaded: 2 years/24,000 miles of complimentary maintenance. In addition, the Jetta comes standard with a CD player and a navigation system, but not the Civic. Other winning features of the Jetta are its superior handling and upscale interior.

Both vehicles are good, but the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta beats the competition. If you'd like to test-drive the better vehicle, contact our Volkswagen dealership in Stamford CT, or just stop by. You'll receive the highest quality service and the best deals.


*EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

**Spec chart is based on 2016 Volkswagen Jetta SE vs 2016 Honda Civic EX-L

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