2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited
2016 Volkswagen Jetta 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited
28/40 MPG 25/36
1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Engine 1.8-liter four-cylinder
150hp Horsepower 138hp
184 lb-ft Torque 125 lb-ft
15.7 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 15 cu. ft.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

In the automotive industry, there’s no segment that doesn’t have its fair share of competition, and automakers that fail to innovate are likely to fall behind in sales. Volkswagen has an advantage in many ways as its lineup remains the same, with a solid selection to keep improving on rather than building from scratch. It comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited, both models are popular choices, but it’s clear Chevy’s model is in need of an update. A redesign is coming for 2016, but not until early in 2016, when the model will get a remarkably similar powertrain, though with an engine that is expected to deliver the same horsepower with less torque.

The 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited is priced lower than the current 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, but with only 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, it’s a vehicle that may feel a bit underpowered compared to what Volkswagen is offering. The base engine also isn’t turbocharged, which means it delivers lower fuel economy numbers for all the extra effort it must put in during acceleration. The model is basically a carryover from the 2015 model year that is sitting as a placeholder until Chevy releases its redesign, which is said to be bigger overall, but not much else has been released on what can be expected.

Why you’ll like the 2016 VW Jetta

Some say everything is better is a Jetta, but it’s difficult to determine if any model is the ideal one for you without giving it a test drive. Still, for those looking for an inexpensive model for the daily commute, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid choice. The vehicle already has great fuel economy numbers, and it doesn’t appear that this will be bested even when the new Cruze is released. It also has the new MIB II infotainment system, which does include Volkswagen App-Connect with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity in all but the base trim level. The base infotainment system features a 5.0-inch resistive touchscreen that has been updated for the model year, but lacks the improved smartphone integration.

Other standard features in the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta include manual cruise control, a multi-function steering wheel, four-corner independent suspension and Bluetooth with audio streaming. The model also has a wide range of available features, including a rearview camera, push button start, heated front seats, keyless access and dual-zone climate control. This model year has also received a Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS, and models equipped with the Driver Assistance package have received a Top Safety Pick+ rating for preventative front crash prevention technology.

To learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, shoppers can stop by New Century Volkswagen to take the model for a test drive.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta New Design