Riverside Area VW Dealer Review  of the
2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

When it comes to compact sedans, there are so many makes and models to choose from, it’s not always easy to know which one is best. When you walk into a dealership like Riverside VW, there are many features to consider and many decisions to make. To help you decide which model is right for you, we’ve compared two popular compacts, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

Price
The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is less expensive than the 2017 Toyota Corolla. According to the VW dealership near Riverside, the starting MSRP for the Jetta’s base S trim is $18,715, nearly $700 less than the Corolla’s base L trim.

Powertrain
When you’re driving out on the freeway, you want your car’s engine to be powerful enough to accelerate quickly and pass safely. The Volkswagen Jetta has a choice of three engines, while the Corolla only has two. The Jetta’s base engine is more powerful than the Corolla’s base engine. The Jetta gets a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 150 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The Corolla has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that only makes 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. The Jetta’s four-cylinder even beats out the Corolla’s top-of-the-line powerplant, which only produces 140 horsepower and 126 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder under the hood of the Jetta GLI churns out 210 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque, leaving the Corolla’s engines in the dust.

Fuel Economy
Although the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta provides impressive power, it doesn’t come at the expense of fuel economy. Once again, the Jetta beats the Corolla. With the manual transmission, the Jetta’s base engine gets fuel economy rated by the EPA at 28 mpg city/40 mpg highway, while the automatic checks in at 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.* The Corolla’s numbers are 27/35 for the six-speed manual transmission, 28/36 for the CVT and 16-inch wheels, and 28/35 for the CVT and 17-inch wheels.

Interior
Whether you’re looking at cabin or trunk space, the Jetta wins again. The Jetta has one of the most spacious backseats in its class. There’s an impressive 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than you’ll find in midsize sedans. The Corolla has less interior space than the Jetta, and its trunk only has 13 cubic feet of space.

Driving
While looking at specs can tell you a lot about the differences between vehicles, the driving experience is perhaps the most important criterion. With the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, there are no worries on that score; driving is a real pleasure. Edmunds.com called the Jetta’s engines the most appealing powertrain lineup in its class. While the Toyota Corolla is a good car, driving the Corolla is a decidedly unremarkable experience.

When you examine the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2017 Toyota Corolla head-to-head, there’s one clear winner, the VW Jetta.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.