2018 Honda Civic vs VW Jetta
The Honda Civic is one of the most popular small sedans on the road, offering outstanding performance and comfort, with some of the best safety and convenience features available. It has in many ways set the standard for vehicles in its class. The Volkswagen Jetta is one of its nearest competitors, attempting to pit German engineering against its classic style.
Drivers all across Hialeah, Doral and Miami are curious as to whether the 2018 Honda Civic or the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta come out on top in a direct competition. Check out this detailed head-to-head comparison and see for yourself which car is the better small sedan.
Engine and Performance
The 2018 Honda Civic has two available engines. Its standard LX trim comes with a 2.0-liter I-4 engine with 158 horsepower. Step up a few trims or options for Honda’s Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 engine with a powerful 174 horsepower. Overdrive combined with a continuously variable transmission gives the Civic smooth handling and fast gear transitions.
The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta has a standard Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 1.4 L engine with 150 horsepower. Two other engines are available, both of which are also 4-cylinder models. Although the ultimate engine will get you 200 horsepower, overall the Jetta doesn’t match the drivability or fuel economy of the Civic, and you’ll have to pay for several upgrades before you reach that top engine.
The base Jetta has EPA-estimated mileage of 28 city/38 highway, compared to EPA-estimated 31 city/40 highway¹ for the Civic. The clear edge goes to the Civic.
You won’t lack for space in the 2018 Civic. Passenger volume measures 97.8 cubic feet, with 39.3 inches of front head room and 57 inches front shoulder room. Second row shoulder room is 55 inches with 37.1 inches of head room. There’s plenty of legroom as well, with 42.3 inches in front. The trunk is 15.1 cubic feet.
The VW Jetta has a bit more trunk room at 15.7 cubic feet, but that’s a tiny difference, and is also where the advantages end. Total passenger volume is only 94.1 cubic feet with 38.2 inches of front head room and 55.2 inches front shoulder room. Second row shoulder room is 53.6 inches; second head room is 37.1 inches. Front leg room is 41.2 inches, not remotely enough to make up for less than a cubic foot of extra trunk space.
Comfort & Technologies
The Honda Civic is loaded with comfort and technology features. Standard on each trim includes automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and a 5.0-inch screen for infotainment. Move up to the EX-L CVT trim, and you’ll upgrade to an eight-speaker audio system plus a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can use Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®.
The Jetta has most of the same standard equipment, including USB, Bluetooth and a touchscreen infotainment system. A notable difference is that automatic climate control is only available in upgrades. The higher-up trims also only have a 6.3-inch touch screen compared to the 7.0-inch offered in the Civic.
The Decision Is In
The 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 VW Jetta are close competitors, but in the end, the Jetta can’t possibly live up to the standards set by Honda. If you’re looking for the most interior room, best performance and features and the highest cabin quality, the 2018 Honda Civic is the winner.
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¹ 28 city/39 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX models with 6-speed manual transmission. 30 city/39 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX & LX-P CVT models. 30 city/41 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T model with 6-speed manual transmission. 31 city/40 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX-T, EX-L and Touring CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.