2015 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2015 Toyota Corolla

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If you’re set on a small sedan for your next new vehicle, you’re probably wondering what the differences are among all the choices out there. The popularity of the compact sedan results in saturation of the market within this class, and that may leave you feeling like you can just pick one and be done with it. Or maybe you know you’re loyal to a certain brand—many compact car drivers have been buying the same vehicle make for many years. However, the landscape of the auto industry is constantly changing, and you may be surprised by how models stack up when you start doing your research. Japanese compact segment dominance takes on German engineering when we compare 2015 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2015 Toyota Corolla.

As one of the most popular cars in the U.S. and the world, the 2015 Toyota Corolla isn’t going to give you many surprises. It’s a reliable car with a minimal amount of necessary upkeep—exactly what a majority of drivers are looking for when it comes to their transportation needs. Corolla offers four main trim levels: L, LE, LE Eco and S, with all but the L available in Plus and Premium sub-trims. To start things off, base L includes 15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights and running lights, power accessories, A/C, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with auxiliary controls, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary phone jack. From there, you’ll find multiple ways to customize and upgrade the Corolla; we find the LE Eco, with efficiency-maximizing engine and transmission tuning, 15-inch wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires and enhanced aerodynamics, especially impressive with a combined fuel economy of 35 MPG. However, the most power you’ll get out of Corolla is 140 hp or 128 lb-ft of torque, which may be less than you were hoping for, even in a small sedan.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta in Orwigsburg PA

One area in which 2015 Volkswagen Jetta dominates is variety—there’s a Jetta for budget and personality, every family and every individual. Jetta has five trims and four engine modifications to choose from, plus available features and packages.

The base Jetta engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder that generates 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque—available only on the Base and S trims. S trim comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, heated side mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, A/C, 4-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, trip computer, optional automatic transmission, power door locks and a four-speaker CD sound system with auxiliary audio jack. A Technology package includes a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, premium 6.5-inch touchscreen radio with satellite radio and six speakers.

The Jetta’s base gasoline engine is upgraded on SE, Sport and SEL trims to a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. You could also go with the Jetta TDI diesel engine, which will get you a combined fuel economy of 36 MPG, or the Jetta Hybrid with 45 MPG combined. The 2015 Jetta GLI sports a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

While both the Corolla and the Jetta are traditionally conservative vehicles, Jetta has a lot more options when it comes to performance and fuel efficiency. If you’re looking for a vehicle that will express your personality flawlessly (without screaming bells and whistles), Jetta might end up meeting all of your expectations for an everyday vehicle. Call, click or stop by J. Bertolet Volkswagen today! 

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