Compare the Volkswagen Jetta vs. Honda Civic

If you're shopping for a new compact car, you're undoubtedly trying to decide between the Volkswagen Jetta vs. Honda Civic and determine how these two cars compare. That's where our Volkswagen Jetta or Honda Civic comparison comes in.

In this model review, we'll look at pricing, trim options, performance stats, passenger room, and more. We're confident that by the end of our Honda Civic vs. Volkswagen Jetta comparison, you'll be calling our dealership to schedule your test drive and lease a Volkswagen Jetta.

Volkswagen Jetta vs. Civic Pricing and Trims

Let's see which vehicle gives you better options when comparing the Honda Civic vs. VW Jetta trims and features. The VW Jetta is available in five trim models, while the Honda Civic only has four trim styles, so right away, the VW Jetta gives you more choices.

Let's look at some of the essential features the trim lineup offers to help you decide on the best new compact car for your driveway. The VW Jetta S starts with LED headlights, 16-inch black alloy wheels, and App-Connect. The new Honda Civic LX has LED lighting, connected audio integration, and fully covered 16-inch wheels. You will need to upgrade a trim level to the Honda Civic Sport if you want the style of black alloy wheels.

The VW Jetta SE comes with the safety of Front Assist, the comfort of a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and the luxury of a panoramic sunroof. If you desire a one-touch power moonroof to come with your Honda Civic, you will need to step up to a higher trim model than the Honda Civic Sport.

As you can see from the start of our VW Jetta or Honda Civic trim model comparison, the Honda makes you pay more for features that come standard on the comparable VW Jetta trim.

This pattern continues with the popular VW Jetta R-Line because there isn't a comparable Honda Civic trim. The new Honda Civic lineup skips this tier and advances to the Honda Civic EX.

The VW Jetta SEL gives you a 10-color interior ambient lighting package to match the cabin to your mood, as well as wireless App-Connect for your compatible device and the VW Digital Cockpit.

The Honda Civic EX doesn't come with an ambient lighting package. And suppose you want a Honda Civic with wireless Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto Integration for your compatible device. In that case, you need to step up to the top-of-the-line Honda Civic Touring because you won't find it on the Honda Civic EX either.

Compare Honda Civic vs. Volkswagen Jetta Performance

When deciding between the Honda Civic or Volkswagen Jetta, we can quickly see that both of these new cars for sale come with five seats and offer comparable cargo capacity and passenger room. So where do the VW Jetta and Honda Civic differ?

In the drive.

Under the hood of the VW Jetta is a 1.5L four-cylinder engine that puts out 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Honda Civic has a bigger 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces the same 158 horsepower, but only 138 pound-feet of torque, which is why the VW Jetta is faster than the Honda Civic.

The new VW Jetta for sale only needs 7.6 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph. Honda Civic drivers will need to settle for a 0-60 time of 9.2 seconds.

The VW Jetta also gets better fuel economy than the Honda Civic on the highway. VW Jetta drivers can expect an EPA-estimated 30/41/35 mpg1 (City/Highway/Combined) while Honda Civic drivers get an estimated 30/38/33 mpg (City/Highway/Combined).

As you can see, when it comes to comparing Volkswagen Jetta vs. Honda Civic performance and mpg, the VW Jetta has more torque, a faster 0-60 time, and gets better gas mileage than the new Honda Civic.

Since you'll most likely plan to drive your new VW Jetta for the foreseeable future, make sure to note the mileage life expectancy of the vehicle so you can drive without worry.

VW Jetta vs. Honda Civic Dimensions

Now, let's look at the interior. After all, it's where you spend your time when you're enjoying your vehicle. So, does the VW Jetta or Honda Civic have a nicer cabin? The VW Jetta is slightly smaller when it comes to size, but these vehicles are very similar. They both offer five seats. The new VW Jetta for sale provides up to 14.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Honda Civic does slightly better with 14.4 cubic feet.

The VW Jetta gives you and your passengers up to 94.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Honda Civic is slightly roomier with 99 cubic feet of passenger room.

2022 VW Jetta 2022 Honda Civic
Engine: 1.5L 4-cylinder 2.0L 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 158 hp 158 hp
0–60: 7.6 seconds 9.2 seconds
Torque: 184 lb-ft 138 lb-ft
MPG: 29 city/43 hwy/34 combined 30 city/38 hwy/33 combined
# of seats: 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Capacity: 14.1 cu. ft. 14.4 cu. ft.
Passenger Volume: 94.7 cu. ft. 99 cu. ft.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the VW Jetta better than the Honda Civic?

When comparing the new 2022 VW Jetta to the Honda Civic, the VW Jetta outperforms the Honda Civic in many areas. The VW Jetta is faster, has better gas mileage, and produces more torque. While the Honda Civic offers slightly more passenger room, both vehicles are comparably sized and come with five seats. The VW Jetta gives you more trim styles to choose from.

Which is bigger? Honda Civic or Volkswagen Jetta?

The VW Jetta and Honda Civic come with comfortable seating for up to five total occupants. Both vehicles offer comparable trunk spaces when it comes to the cargo area. In terms of overall passenger room, the VW Jetta gives up an ample 94.7 cubic feet of passenger space while the Honda Civic provides 99 cubic feet of passenger room.

Which is more expensive, Honda Civic vs. VW Jetta?

While pricing varies on several factors, the Honda Civic is more expensive than the VW Jetta, and there can be a difference of more than $3,000 depending on the trim style you choose. If you are looking for VW Jetta lease deals, offers, and finance specials, we invite you to apply for a low rate auto loan with our finance department.

130 city/41 highway mpg (2021 Jetta 1.4L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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