2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

silver 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and red 2018 Toyota Corolla in a side by side comparison image

When it comes to finding the best small car for the daily commute, there are a lot of options on the road. In this 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla comparison, we are going to check out a couple models that have been popular. These models have a very similar starting price, but the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta quickly begins to pull ahead (both literally and metaphorically), when you look at the standard engine and features.

The base S model of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That is significantly better engine output than you get with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine standard on the 2018 Toyota Corolla L, which is rated for just 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. This also translates to much more highway and city acceleration with the 2018 VW Jetta when compared with its Toyota compact sedan rival.

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2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla
$18,645 Starting MSRP $18,600
28/40 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 28/36 mpg
15.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 13 cubic feet
1.4-L 4-cylinder (150 hp) Engine 1.8-L 4-cylinder (132 hp)

Mileage and Cargo Space on the 2018 VW Jetta

The Jetta may have the higher engine output in this 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla comparison, but that won’t add more costs when it comes to stopping for gas. Both of these compact cars offer up to 28 mpg in city driving, but the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta base engine can deliver up to 40 mpg on the highway, compared to just 36 mpg with the Toyota Corolla.

Even if you aren’t worried about acceleration or fuel economy, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta brings another big advantage to the road. Even though both of these models are technically compact sedans, and both have seating for five passengers, the 2018 VW Jetta offers 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, compared to just 13 cubic feet on the Toyota model.

In this 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Toyota Corolla comparison, the Jetta delivers impressive driving performance, fuel economy, and cargo space options. This model is also available with options like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof. To learn more about this comparison, or to test drive this model at Team Gunther VW in Daphne AL, contact a member of our sales team today.

 

steering wheel of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta
side view of a white 2018 Volkswagen Jetta in the city
seating in the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta
Fender speaker close-up in the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta