Compare 2016 VW Jetta vs Nissan Sentra

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The 2016 Volkswagon Jetta is certainly in a busy automotive segment. The 2016 Nissan Sentra is one of its rivals and while the two may be in the same class, the 2016 Jetta does pull ahead in many ways.

2016 VW Jetta 1.8T S

 

2016 Nissan Sentra

1.4L Turbo 4-cylinder

Standard Engine

1.8L 4-cylinder

28 city / 39 highway mpg**

Fuel Economy

27 city / 36 highway mpg

150 hp

Horsepower

130 hp

184 lb-ft

Torque

128 lb-ft

6-Speed automatic

Transmission

6-Speed manual

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Performance

The Sentra offers a single powertrain, and Edmunds, a leading auto critic, suggests that Sentra drivers can't be in a hurry because the Sentra never is. The standard 2016 Sentra gets 130 horsepower and backs that up with only 128 lb.-ft of torque. Edmunds reported that the Sentra took over ten seconds to make the 0-60 mph sprint. That was one of the longest times in this class of sedans. On the other hand, Edmunds reports that the Jetta has the quickest time in the segment. They also mention that the Jetta has the most appealing powertrain lineup in its class. The Jetta’s standard 1.4-liter turbo generates 150 horsepower, besting the Sentra by a long shot. The Jetta also dominates the Sentra with 184 lb.-ft. of torque.


Considering this vast power difference, fuel economy also falls in favor of the 2016 Jetta. With 28 city and 39 highway mpg, the Jetta topples the Nissan Sentra as it comes in at just 27 city, 36 highway mpg. If you want more performance, it is easy to step up to the Jetta GLI. This 2.0L turbo powerplant cranks out 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. It still gets 33 mpg highway with its automatic transmission. The Jetta hybrid also offers more horsepower and torque than the Sentra. It generates 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. It earns 44 mpg combined, with 42 city and 48 highway. 

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2016 VW Jetta Interior

Value Editions

The Jetta SE and the Sentra SV offer similar packages. However, the Jetta SE rises above the Sentra SV very quickly. The standards on both include a height-adjustable seat with a leather-clad tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Both have standard split rear seats and front center armrests. The Jetta SE also has heated front seats and push button start. It also has bigger wheels, heated side mirrors, and heated wiper-washer nozzles. The Jetta SE also has a bigger 6.3-inch touchscreen, compared to the Sentra SV’s 5.8-inch touchscreen. The Jetta SE smartphone integration system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both feature six-speaker stereos, Bluetooth, and USB input. Only the Jetta SE offers V-Tex premium upholstery and a sunroof.

Safety

When it comes to safety, the Jetta seems to be a better bet. It has earned all five stars from the federal safety testers. The Sentra’s rating was just four stars. Both have the same number of airbags and active head restraints. Both cars are offering class-leading crash avoidance features. These include a blind spot monitor, a reverse traffic watch, and a frontal collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control is also offered on both sedans. The VW offers Car-Net. This adds automatic crash notification and direct-link roadside assistance. It also adds geo-fencing, which helps parents keep tabs on teen drivers. A rearview camera is part of the Jetta’s basic technology package, and it is part of the SV trim on the Sentra.

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