2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

It might seem that wherever you look, your eyes fall on a crossover. Well, we’re here to tell you that the compact car still has plenty of loyal drivers. If you’re comparing the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic, you probably already know that. The question isn’t whether these efficient models are worthy of a place in your driveway, but rather which one is better? Both have plenty to offer to the market, but we think you’ll fall for the modern features, fresh style and lower starting price offered for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Honda Civic

$18,745 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

When you compare the Jetta and Civic in terms of performance, you’ll find the models are a bit different in their approaches. The 2018 Honda Civic does offer 158 horsepower compared to the 147 produced by the 1.4-liter turbo in the Jetta, but when you realize that the Jetta offers 187 pound-feet of torque compared to 138 pound-feet in the base Civic, you’ll no longer assume the Civic is a powerhouse in comparison.

Performance is something you have to feel to believe. What you can know for certain when you choose the Jetta is that its warranty is better, its starting price is lower and its fuel economy edges out its competitor. All this aside, what are the features like? The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers all of the following as standard features:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Cruise control
  • Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Rearview camera

The 2018 Honda Civic does offer most of these features, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available on the base trim.

Find out if the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the winner in your book when you stop by Folsom Lake Volkswagen for a test drive.