In the crowded field of compact sedans, the Volkswagen Jetta has long been a standout model, and with an impressive redesign for the 2019 model-year, with a sleek new exterior, more space in the cabin, and a wealth of new premium amenities, it raises the bar even higher. Take a look at this 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic comparison to see how the new Jetta outshines the compact sedan competition.
The 2019 Jetta has a base MSRP of $18,545, compared to $18,940 for the 2018 Civic — and with a wide array of desirable features, it offers excellent value. Even for the base Jetta S trim, you'll get a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, automatic headlights, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. Higher grades of the Jetta offer such premium features as the panoramic sunroof, 10-color customizable wrap-around ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats.
VW Jetta vs Honda Civic: Which compact sedan is better?
The 2019 Jetta delivers a pleasing balance of performance and efficiency. Under the hood of the Jetta is the 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder TSI engine, with generates 184 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration, while the base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine in the 2018 Civic produces 138 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Jetta gets an estimated fuel economy of up to 30 city/40 hwy mpg, compared to 28 city/40 hwy mpg for the 2018 Civic.
You can count on a very safe ride in the 2019 Jetta, especially with safety technologies like the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and available Autonomous Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. For even more reassurance, the 2019 Jetta comes standard with a 6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper warranty. In comparison, the 2018 Civic only offers a 3-years/36,000-miles basic and 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain warranty.