2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

There was likely a time when choosing between vehicles felt a lot simpler, but now isn’t that time. Every major automaker offers a compact sedan, and all of them have sleek looks, that new car smell and a shimmering display of metallic paints. How are you to decide? When it comes to comparing the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic, you’ll find that the models do have their similarities.

Both the Jetta and the Civic have six-speed manual transmissions to start and their power figures are similar. While VW opted to go for the efficient turbocharged 1.4-liter with its high torque performance, Honda has stuck with a naturally-aspirated one.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Honda Civic

$18,545 Base MSRP $18,940
1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
147hp/184 lb-ft of torque Performance 158hp/138 lb-ft of torque
6-speed manual Standard Transmission 6-speed manual

2019 VW Jetta Highlights

We know that one of the reasons that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is appealing is because the model is slightly more affordable. The question is whether it offers all the same great features.

For many shoppers, transmission options are a prime consideration. This is not only because so many never learn how to drive a manual transmission, but because continuously variable transmissions have replaced automatic transmissions. Such is the case for the 2018 Honda Civic. Volkswagen, knowing that automatic transmissions have a much nicer feel to them, offers an eight-speed automatic in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Some of the standard features found in the Jetta include the following:

  • LED exterior lighting
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic headlights
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Rearview camera
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display

Are you considering the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta for your next car? Stop by Gorman McCracken Volkswagen to take it for a test drive.