There’s no question that compact sedans rule the road. Two of the best-known compact sedans are the Volkswagen Jetta and the Toyota Corolla. Both vehicles have a reputation for reliability, longevity, and drivability, and both have earned their status as class leaders in their market sector. But the 2017 Volkswagen received a wealth of updates over the 2016 model, while the Corolla only features some relatively minor improvements. But how do these two vehicles measure up in a side-by-side comparison?
Our team at NYE VW of Rome have created a comparison between the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2017 Corolla to help our customers in Rome, Utica, and Manlius decide which vehicle will best suit their unique driving needs.
Engine and Performance
The 2017 version of the Volkswagen Jetta comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers up to 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is quite a bit more than the Toyota’s standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which only delivers 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque.
Not only is the VW Jetta more powerful, but it gets better overall EPA-estimated fuel efficiency, as well. With the above engine configurations, the 2017 VW Jetta has an impressive fuel-efficiency rating of 28 city/40 highway mpg*. On the other hand, the 2017 Corolla has a comparable city fuel-efficiency rating, but a dismal highway rating of just 36 mpg.**
The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta also outshines the Corolla in terms of technology features. The Jetta offers VW Car-Net® App-Connect, which allows you to integrate third-party applications from your smartphone into your dashboard, such as Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink®. It also features the available Fender® Premium Audio System, so you can party like a rock star while you drive.
On the other hand, the Corolla comes with third-party application compatibility, too, through the Entune™ App Suite. However, we haven’t found the Corolla’s entertainment capabilities to be nearly as diverse or as potent as the 2017 Jetta’s.
Volkswagen has long prided itself on providing a superior driving experience, and the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta proudly upholds this tradition. Not only is the cabin outfitted with plush, comfortable upholstery, but the car offers a wealth of exciting driver-assistance features. From the available power sunroof, to the heated front seats, to the available keyless access with a push-button starter, you’ll never lack for luxury or comfort.
And this 2017 Volkswagen puts all of its advanced technology to good use by keeping you safe, as well. You have options for Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Mitigation with Automatic Braking, cross-traffic and blind spot alerts, and even Automatic Parking Assist. All of these high-tech safety features helped the Jetta to receive a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.***
Unfortunately, the 2017 Toyota Corolla doesn’t have as many driver-assistance features, besides its integrated backup camera, blind spot monitor, and cross-traffic alert system. Unlike Volkswagen, Toyota doesn’t offer a great range of features on what it sees as an entry-level sedan.
Test Drive a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta at NYE VW of Rome!
While the Corolla provides a fun driving experience, it simply can’t compete with the performance, technology, and comfort that create the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta’s supreme driving experience.
If you’re in Rome, Utica, or Manlius, and you’d like to test drive a new Volkswagen Jetta, contact us at NYE VW of Rome. Just call us or stop by our showroom to schedule a test drive today.
*EPA-estimated 28 city/40 highway mpg (2017 Jetta 1.4-liter, 5-speed manual transmission). Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.
**2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
***Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program.