2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

A solid reputation can play a large role in which vehicle a person ends up driving off in, but this is why the test drive is so important. You may be comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Toyota Corolla because you’ve heard Toyota makes great cars, but the Jetta is a top seller for VW. It’s also more affordable and, well, the Corolla is a bit boring. Don’t believe us? The Corolla starts off with 18 fewer horses than the Jetta’s base engine—and it stays there. There’s just the one naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter engine in the Corolla and it’s underpowered in comparison to what the VW engineers designed.

Volkswagen does not stick with just one engine option, but three. The SEL trim offers a 1.8T for a 170-horsepower option, while those looking for a Golf GTI alternative will find it in the Jetta GLI with its 210-horsepower 2.0T. Any trim you pick will offer quicker acceleration than the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Toyota Corolla
$17,895 Starting MSRP $18,500
1.5-liter 4-cylinder; 150hp, 184 lb-ft of torque Base Engine 1.8-liter 4-cylinder; 132hp, 128 lb-ft of torque
28 city/40 hwy MPG 28 city/36 hwy
15.7 cu. ft. Cargo 13 cu. ft.

Is the 2017 Jetta more efficient than the Corolla?

Sure, speed is all well and good, but your needs are likely simple. You’re not looking for a sports car, after all, but a practical vehicle to get you around town and to work on time. If fuel economy is your top concern, you’ll still want to throw a double take the Jetta’s way. For all the boasting over continuously variable transmissions, the manual transmission outshines the Corolla’s CVT, and even the automatic will still allow it to rise above. City drivers won’t notice anything, but if you’re spending long hours on the highway you won’t regret opting for the Jetta.

Performance is important, but what about your overall feeling of comfort? Both vehicles earn praise for high-quality, well-fitted materials, supportive seating and a quiet ride. Standard features include Bluetooth, USB connectivity, A/C, full power features, multifunction steering wheels and touchscreen infotainment systems. It should be noted that Toyota has the Entune Audio system, which does not include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity on any trim, while VW has the MIB II infotainment system which includes integration starting at the SE grade.

For 2017, Volkswagen has reduced its trims to just four grades, while Toyota maintains seven total options. This may be considered a good thing for those who like choices, but often it becomes confusing and convoluted to decide among them.

In the end, the best way to pick a model is to take it for a test drive and see how you feel. Stop by New Century Volkswagen to find out if the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is the right choice for you.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta Pass-Through Rear Seats
2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Steering Wheel

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