2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Your needs are few, which is why you’re looking for a compact car. It should be easy to maneuver, efficient and it wouldn’t hurt if it offered a bit of style. At the same time, you want to be practical, which is why you find yourself debating between the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. Both models are compact, but the Jetta has a bit more practical value, while the Beetle is bursting with style. How are you to choose? In the end, it comes down to what you want most. The Jetta is less expensive, more efficient and can fit more passengers, but the Beetle is just plain fun. Those who are dying to flaunt their personality everywhere they go will still find themselves pining for the VW Beetle, perhaps in a vibrant color option, and the Jetta may not satisfy this desire.

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2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
$17,895 Starting MSRP $19,995
28 city/40 hwy MPG 24 city/33 hwy
1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder; 150hp, 184 lb-ft of torque Base Engine 1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder; 170hp, 184 lb-ft of torque
94.1 cu. ft. Passenger Space 85.1 cu. ft.

Jet-set in a Jetta or bump around in a Beetle?

From the numbers alone, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta appears to be the more practical option. It’s less expensive to start, it seats five (while the Beetle seats four), there’s better fuel economy and more interior space. That’s a lot to say for one model, but it’s not to say the Beetle doesn’t offer its own benefits. There are plenty of drivers who often drive alone, so overall interior space can be less important than legroom and headroom in the driver’s seat. The Beetle is actually roomier than the Jetta for the front seats, especially when it comes to head room. If you’re taller, you might consider the Beetle a better fit.

You’ll note that the Jetta does start off with a less potent engine, but the 1.8-liter found in the base trim of the Beetle is offered in the SEL trim of the Jetta, but admittedly at a higher overall cost. Then again, by the time you reach this top-tier trim, you’ll be enjoying luxuries like a power sunroof, App-Connect, touchscreen navigation, push-button start, dual-zone climate control and a variety of driver assistance features.

At the end of the day, choosing between the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is mostly a difference between initial power, space and economy. The base Jetta is more practical, but less potent, and upgrading the engine means paying more and losing out on that fuel-efficiency boost. If you want power and style without needing that extra bit of seating, the Beetle could still be the right option for you.

Of course, if you’re still not sure, you’re welcome to stop by New Century Volkswagen and take both options for a test drive. No better comparison exists like the one you perform yourself.

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