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2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

Picture of the 2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

2021 Honda
Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

MSRP*: $33,400 to $36,600
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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Invoice* $32,029 to $35,090 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City Info not available 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy Info not available 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.5 ft3 Info not available
Engine 212-hp, 1.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Plug-In Electric/Gas), Inline-4 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive, Front-wheel Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 103 - 212 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 192.7 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 73.9 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 36.2 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.1 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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 feel a little more squished in the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid than in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, due to the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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). The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is somewhat more expensive than 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 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Handling
The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 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.

Powertrain
The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.