2019 Volkswagen Jetta Vs. Mazda3

2019 Volkswagen Jetta and 2018 Mazda3 on split screen.

Compact cars haven’t always had the dynamic and urban-minded personality they now bring to the market. In the early days, compact models were unforgiving economy cars that were just as well-known for their list of exclusions as they were for having any distinct features or design. None of that is to say anything about their poor safety and reliability ratings.

These days, automotive manufacturers, like Volkswagen, have a much less cynical approach to these small wonders. Modern compact cars are built to offer the performance and refinement of a midsize sedan in a package that is more efficient, more agile and more affordable. The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is perhaps the best example of a manufacturer squeezing personality and comfort into a smaller package. Up against it today is the Mazda3, a compact car with entry-luxury ambitions. Let’s see how they compare!

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Mazda3

34 combined MPG Base model fuel economy 31 combined MPG
8-speed automatic Available transmission 6-speed automatic
184 lb-ft. @ 1,400 rpm Standard torque 150 lb-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
37.4 inches Second-row legroom 35.8 inches
14.1 cubic feet Trunk space 12.4 cubic feet
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto available? No
16-inch alloy Standard wheels 16-inch steel with plastic hubcaps
6 years / 72,000 miles Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles

Volkswagen’s Stylish Compact Claims Another Victory

Although the Mazda3 is a superior compact sedan to many in its class, it doesn’t even come close to matching the style and features afforded by the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. The 2019 Jetta proves itself to be the more practical of the two with more rear-seat legroom and a larger trunk.

Unless you’re buying a work truck, however, you don’t just buy a car for its practicality. You want your vehicle to be fun as well. With the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, you have a smart and well-designed compact car that you’ll look forward to driving home from work every single day.

Interior refinements like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility let you enjoy minimal distraction and maximum access to the entertainment and connectivity apps you love so much. Additionally, the available 8-speed automatic transmission makes quick work of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta’s turbocharged engine, allowing you to get up to 34 combined MPG without sacrificing any of the spirited Jetta’s plentiful and acceleration-friendly torque.

At New Century Volkswagen, we have a massive inventory of 2019 Volkswagen Jetta models. This means that you’re more likely to find the perfect Jetta for you by shopping with us. Our region-leading ratings from drivers like you don’t lie. To schedule a test drive with the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta or for more information, just click below and reach out to us today!