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2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

New 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet
Sonic

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New 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

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MSRP*
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$16,720 to $20,720
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$26,245 to $29,945
Invoice* $16,118 to $19,974 $25,196 to $28,747
MPG - City 26 25
MPG - Hwy 34 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI than the Chevrolet Sonic, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, the Chevrolet Sonic may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Sonic as you will with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Sonic is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Chevrolet Sonic will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Sonic is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Chevrolet Sonic, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Sonic has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Chevrolet Sonic has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Sonic is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Sonic and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Chevrolet Sonic has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Sonic is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.