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2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

New 2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda
Civic

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New 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

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MSRP*
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$20,000 to $27,850
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$26,245 to $29,945
Invoice* $18,591 to $25,859 $25,196 to $28,747
MPG - City 25 - 32 25
MPG - Hwy 36 - 42 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
The Honda Civic offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Honda Civic will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Honda Civic 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 Honda Civic 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. The Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Civic is about the same width as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. When looking at overall length, the Honda Civic takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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

Handling
The Honda Civic has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Civic 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 Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Honda Civic has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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