Compare 2016 VW Jetta vs Toyota Corolla

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Those in the market for a top-rated compact sedan will want to check out the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2016 Toyota Corolla. Both have excellent build quality, economical fuel mileage, a similar list of standard and optional features, and great resale value. However, the Jetta provides better performance, more shoulder room, a real automatic transmission and optional premium wheels, all for less money. If you look at all the data, you’ll find that the Jetta is the better value, and frankly, the better car.

2016 VW Jetta SE


2016 Toyota Corolla S Premium


Starting MSRP


28 city / 39 hwy mpg**

Fuel Economy

29 city / 38 hwy mpg**

6-Speed Automatic w/ Tiptronic and Sport Mode



150 hp


132 hp

184 lb-ft


128 lb-ft

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The Comparison

The Corolla S Premium offers a sluggish 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that is no match for the peppy 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder in the Jetta. The Jetta’s engine provides an additional 18 horsepower and a whopping 56 extra lb-ft of torque, yet its MSRP undercuts the Toyota’s by a substantial amount, $745. The Jetta comes with a slick 6-speed automatic transmission, while the Corolla is equipped with a CVT. The Jetta is longer and wider, with more front headroom and extra shoulder room front and rear. The Corolla’s trunk provides only 13 cubic feet of space, compared to 15.7 cubic feet in the Jetta. In the fuel capacity sweepstakes, Jetta wins, 14.3 to 13.2 gallons. Other winning features of the Volkswagen are the upscale interior and superior handling.

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2016 VW Jetta Highlights

The Jetta is a best-seller, thanks to its value, features, design and performance. The new turbocharged I4 engine offers great acceleration and miserly fuel economy. All Jetta models deliver responsive steering, excellent brakes and outstanding handling. For 2016, the SE receives a rearview camera as standard equipment. The exterior of the Jetta has clean lines and a grown-up attitude. The interior is stylish and driver-oriented, with generous space, especially regarding head and shoulder room. The huge trunk is the biggest in its class.

The layout is intuitive and features high-quality materials, without a lot of confusing buttons and complicated screens. Standard features in the SE include air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, power mirrors, doors and windows, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, Leatherette seating, heated front seats, pushbutton start, 6-speaker Composition Media touchscreen sound system, heated window washers, multifunction steering wheel, SiriusXM, and an iPod adapter. VW Car-Net App-Connect allow you to access a smartphone’s maps, music, messaging, and more on the dashboard using Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or MirrorLink. The Driver Assistance Package includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert and park distance control. High-value options include navigation, sunroof, power driver’s seat, bi-xenon headlights and a Fender premium audio system.

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No doubt about it – the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta defeats all the competition. If you’d like to test-drive the winning sedan, contact our Volkswagen dealership in Stamford CT or just stop in. You’ll receive the highest quality service and the best deals.


*MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.
**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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