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2021 Mazda Mazda6 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

Picture of the 2021 Mazda Mazda6

2021 Mazda
Mazda6

MSRP*: $24,475 to $35,900
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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* $23,235 to $33,892 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City 23 - 26 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 35 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 187-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 187 - 227 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 192.7 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 72.4 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.7 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 38.4 in
Rear 37.1 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
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 Mazda Mazda6 offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda Mazda6 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI in the front seats.

Convenience
The Mazda Mazda6 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, making it more convenient to drive.

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). Whether you pick the Mazda Mazda6 or the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda Mazda6 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda Mazda6 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 Mazda Mazda6, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda6 has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Mazda Mazda6 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Mazda Mazda6 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda6 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda Mazda6 is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.