2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Ford Focus

If you're trying to save money, you can save thousands on a new sedan by shopping compact options. Small sedans are no longer the sparsely-equipped, economy-style cars of the past; today's compact sedans and hatchbacks are loaded with attractive features, distinguishing styling and engaging powertrains.

The 2016 Ford Focus and the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta are two of the top examples of this evolution of the compact sedan class. Both brands have found success offering more features on smaller cars and by not ignoring driver enjoyment when it comes to building an engine for these affordable cars. Both Ford and Volkswagen turn their attentions for model year 2016 to enhanced technology inside the compact sedans' cabins and powertrain technology to optimize fuel efficiency.

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Ford Focus
1.4L turbo four-cylinder Engine 2.0L four-cylinder
150 Horsepower 160
33 mpg Combined Fuel Economy 30 mpg
38.1 in. Rear Leg Room 33.2 in.

The 2016 Ford Focus is available as a sedan or a hatchback, both with four doors. Like the Jetta, there are multiple powertrain configurations to choose from, from the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an output of 160 horsepower to true performance-oriented options on the higher trims. The 2016 Focus S sedan starts things off with standard equipment like 15-inch wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch center screen, power front windows, power locks and mirrors, Sync voice controls, Bluetooth connectivity, four speakers and a USB port. Additionally, there's Ford's MyKey, which limits speed, audio volume and other features for teenage drivers.

While the Focus is definitely on the roomier side of the compact car spectrum, the VW Jetta provides significantly more rear leg room, so both children and adults can travel comfortably – a rear-facing child safety seat will also fit just fine. Standard on the Jetta S with Technology is a peppy turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that's more efficient than the Focus. Other features of this trim include: 15-inch wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry, heated side mirrors, cruise control, 60/40-split rear seatback, Bluetooth connectivity, four speakers, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, a USB port, satellite radio, and VW Car-Net smartphone integration from both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Jetta shines in every category compact sedan shoppers prioritize: standard features, fuel economy and power. Contact our sales specialists today for more information and to schedule a test drive.

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