Automobile Evaluate: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and 2018 Honda Civic

From 158 to 306 hp and throughout three physique kinds, the expansive Honda Civic lineup is kind of good. With the 2019 Jetta, Volkswagen reenters the compact sedan class hoping to draw consumers who may truly think about one thing exterior Honda and Toyota dealerships. We examined a $23,005 2019 Jetta SE; preserve studying to learn how the VW compares to the best-selling and comparison-winning Civic in a couple of classes.

Dynamics—Benefit: Tie

We like how the Civic drives. The mannequin that received a Large Check comparability in 2016 was powered by the automobile’s base engine that’s good for 158 hp. After a yr with a loaded Civic Touring powered by a 174-hp 1.5-liter turbo-four, we got here away impressed with how the automobile drove. The identical is true with the 2019 Jetta, which is first rate to drive and means faster than you’d anticipate of a 147-hp automobile. In Motor Development testing, the 2019 Jetta SE accelerated from Zero to 60 mph in simply 7.6 seconds, proper in the midst of a 2016 Civic EX 2.Zero hitting 60 in 8.6 seconds and a 2017 Civic Touring 1.5T reaching 60 in 6.Eight seconds.

Each automobiles supply handbook transmissions, however as for the automatics most consumers will select, the Civic makes use of a smooth-operating CVT and the Jetta goes with an eight-speed computerized.

MPGs—Benefit: Honda Civic

What’s loopy in regards to the Civic 1.5T’s fast 0–60 time is that the Honda accomplishes that whereas reaching nice EPA-rated gasoline financial system. The 2018 Civic sedan with the bottom 2.0-liter engine manages 31/40 mpg metropolis/freeway. Go together with the EX-T, EX-L, or Touring’s 1.5T engine, and people EPA scores enhance to 32/42 mpg. The Jetta’s 1.4-liter turbo-four will get a strong 30/40 mpg—probably not an enormous distinction beneath the 2 Civics.

What places the Civic forward right here—for many who care about gasoline financial system—is the existence of the also-affordable 2019 Perception. Primarily based on the Civic, the Perception sedan is anticipated to get an EPA ranking of 55/49 mpg for its two decrease trims and 51/45 mpg in Touring kind. The automobile’s beginning value of $23,725 is far greater than the Civic or Jetta, however the Perception is decently outfitted in EX kind at $24,995.

Inside House—Benefit: You

Compact sedans have grown over time, and you might be stunned by simply how a lot area they provide. Each the 2019 Jetta and 2018 Civic are spacious inside, providing about 95 cubic toes of passenger quantity. Rear-seat legroom in each automobiles is a wholesome 37.Four inches, although taller rear-seat passengers will wish to watch their heads in each automobiles. The Jetta’s trunk can maintain 14.1 cubic toes of stuff—a respectably sized area, however the Civic has it beat with 15.1 cubic toes in each trim however the high-end Touring, which holds 14.7 cubic toes.

The Jetta’s entrance middle armrest is admirably deep, and we’re followers of the Civic’s versatile and reconfigurable storage space between the entrance passengers.

Guarantee—Benefit: Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen jumped past each different automaker within the U.S. when it revealed its spectacular six-year/72,000-mile guarantee. Precisely twice what you get on a Honda, the Jetta’s guarantee is VW’s means of regaining the general public’s belief after its diesel scandal. Then once more, though no automaker is ideal, Honda has earned a fame for producing dependable automobiles. We sit up for seeing whether or not VW’s lengthy, new guarantee turns into a everlasting a part of the model, or if it will get diminished after a couple of years.

Cool Options—Benefit: Volkswagen Jetta

Those that haven’t shopped for a compact sedan shortly may fall out of their chairs once they notice loaded examples can attain $28,000 or greater. Nevertheless it’s true—simply think about what options can be found on a $27,795 2019 Jetta SEL Premium. That mannequin features a very cool 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster, obtainable two-tone black and darkish beige leather-based seats, 10-color ambient lighting, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen that’s mounted excessive on the sprint and tilted towards the motive force for optimum quick-glance visibility.

The $27,695 2018 Civic Touring can’t compete with these options, however the 1.5T mannequin is faster and extra environment friendly than the Jetta. Just like the Jetta SEL Premium, the Civic Touring contains LED headlights in addition to heated entrance and rear outboard seats, an upgraded sound system, and leather-based seats, but in addition provides a four-way energy passenger seat (plus an influence driver seat).

Cool Options (on a Funds)—Benefit: Honda Civic

In the event you can’t think about paying $28,000 for a compact, each automobiles nonetheless present worth at hundreds much less. The 2019 Jetta, for instance, contains computerized emergency braking on practically each automobile. Our $23,005 Jetta SE tester featured Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 6.5-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, a big sunroof, and blind-spot monitoring. Holding in thoughts that nice fundamental guarantee, it’s a good tools listing.

At round $23,000, nevertheless, don’t neglect in regards to the automatic-transmission 2018 Civic EX with a $1,000 security tech bundle. That mannequin carries a sticker value of $23,235 and features a proximity key, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, computerized emergency braking, and a sunroof—just like the Jetta. However at this value level, the Honda throws in a second USB outlet (Jettas beneath the SEL get one USB outlet), adaptive cruise management with lane maintaining help, and an eight-speaker sound system (the Jetta S, SE, and R-Line get 4 audio system). One different function to attempt on a Civic check drive is auto brake maintain. Accessible from many automakers, this function permits you to give your foot a break because the automobile holds the brakes at an extended pink mild, routinely lifting when you press the gasoline.

Which One Ought to I Get?

The compact sedan class is at the moment filled with entries providing heavy incentives. In case your finances is very tight and also you’re keen to doubtlessly sacrifice a high-quality driving expertise for an excellent value, there are some good offers on this section. As we talked about in our 2019 Jetta First Check overview, the Volkswagen’s candy spot is the SEL non-Premium trim. That mannequin provides the digital instrument cluster, an improved sound system, and a pair different fascinating options. Within the greater value vary, I’d think about the Jetta for its options and quickness plus the Civic for its all-around excellence and highly effective 1.5T engine. Round $23,000, I is likely to be extra inclined to favor the Civic, and beneath that, I’d begin significantly contemplating automobiles with hundreds in incentives.