2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

Which compact sedan is the fairest of them all? In comparing the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic, you might find that the decision isn’t as hard as it first appears. Though the Civic has a solid reputation among Honda loyalists, it has a higher price point and doesn’t offer an automatic transmission. Instead, Honda upgrades the transmission to a CVT. This option is typically polarizing for automotive enthusiasts because they can feel slow to shift and less exciting to drive.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, on the other hand, offers an upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport driving modes. Tiptronic allows for drivers to manually adjust shift points for a more interactive driving experience.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Honda Civic

$18,545 Starting MSRP $18,940
1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
147hp/184 lb-ft of torque Performance 158hp/138 lb-ft of torque
6-speed manual Standard Transmission 6-speed manual

2019 VW Jetta Performance and Features

Transmission options are an important consideration for basic driving experience, but most drivers first look at engine specs. You’ll notice that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and 2018 Honda Civic take different approaches to this. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the Civic is a naturally-aspirated engine that has slightly more horsepower than the small-displacement 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. The increase in that figure is slight, but the difference in torque between the models is enormous and falls in favor of the Jetta.

When it comes to features, both models are going to offer similar options overall, but different trim levels have a different assortment. Note that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, for example, has standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity. The 2018 Honda Civic does offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but not in the base trim. Considering the Civic is already more expensive than the Jetta, this might be an important consideration for those who want the latest in smartphone integration.

Other standard features found in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta include LED exterior lighting, Bluetooth, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect, driver personalization settings, a rearview camera system and more.

Find out if the 2019 VW Jetta is the right choice for you when you stop by First Team Volkswagen of Roanoke VA.

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