2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic

Compact sedans are a consumer favorite for a reason. While they don’t often receive as much love as trendy crossovers and SUVs, their popularity still shows in yearly automotive sales. Their small footprint, lower fuel economy, and budget-friendly starting price points provide a great value to budget conscious shoppers who don’t require the space provided in other vehicle segments. Their small stature also makes them great for city dwellers. Two class-leaders in the compact sedan category are the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic. Which compact sedan is the best buy? Let's compare.

The first thing most car shoppers care about is cost. In this case, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta comes out ahead with a lower starting MSRP of $17,895 compared to the 2017 Civic's starting price of $18,740. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta also offers more passenger elbow room and a larger cargo space, 15.7 cubic feet compared to the rivals 15.1. Car shoppers looking for the best mix of space and value in their compact sedan may want to lean towards the 2017 VW Jetta.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic
$17,895 Starting MSRP $18,740
28/40 Fuel Economy (city/hwy) 28/40
15.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 15.1 cubic feet
5 Seating Capacity 5

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Engine Lineup

For the 2017 model year the Volkswagen Jetta has been paired with a compelling engine lineup. A trio of engine options are available and are dependent on the trim level chosen. No matter which trim level and engine option are featured on the 2017 VW Jetta, drivers can expect a fun-to-drive model that comes with a little pep in its step.

The base S trim and the SE trim on the 2017 Jetta feature a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 1.4-liter engine is mated to either a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

The SEL trim offers drivers a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with only one transmission option, a six-speed automatic.

The highest trim level available, the GLI, offers the most power with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pumping out 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is paired standard with drivers able to opt for a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission if they wish.

More information on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, including currently in-stock inventory, can be found on the Baxter Volkswagen Omaha website. Interested parties can also stop by to test drive the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta for themselves.

2017 VW Jetta drivers view
2017 VW Jetta rear seat overview
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2017 VW Jetta driver's display