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Toyota Corolla Vs. Volkswagen Jetta: Which Is Better?

It’s that exciting time again. Your lease is ending, and you’re deciding which new car is best for you. Now that you’ve narrowed it down to the Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla, our team is here to help you compare the pricing, trim models, performance capabilities, and interior space to decide which new sedan is better for your daily drive. While we’re confident you’ll decide it’s the new VW Jetta, you don’t have to take our word for it.

Stop by our dealership for a test drive in the new VW Jetta and decide for yourself. After you get hands-on with the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta, we suspect you’ll be picking out a color and applying for VW lease specials at our Fort Lauderdale VW dealer in no time.

Toyota Corolla vs. Volkswagen Jetta: Trim Level Comparison

When examining the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2021 Toyota Corolla and deciding on your next new car, a popular place to start is with trim models. For the 2021 model year, both the new VW Jetta and Toyota Corolla arrive in five trim models to shop and compare.

The 2021 VW Jetta S comes standard with LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and App-Connect. From there, each trim builds upon the previous trim model, adding features such as a panoramic sunroof, a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, VW Digital Cockpit, App-Connect with wireless capabilities and an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system. During your test drive appointment, the Gunther VW Fort Lauderdale sales associate joining you on your ride can review these systems with you in greater detail.

VW Jetta Trim Levels Toyota Corolla Trim Levels
SE R-Line L
SEL Premium XSE Apex Edition

VW Jetta vs. Corolla: Reliability & Performance

While both the new VW Jetta and Toyota Corolla are motivated by four-cylinder engines, one outperforms the other in horsepower, torque, and fuel economy. Any guesses as to which one it is? You guessed it — the VW Jetta beats the Corolla in performance across those categories, and it does so with a smaller displacement engine. When you want better-estimated fuel economy and more horsepower, you want the new Volkswagen Jetta. If turbocharged performance is on your mind, don’t miss the Volkswagen Jetta GLI for sale at our dealership. Our team can take you through this model as well and hand you the keys for a test drive, so you can get a taste of what the 2.0L turbo can do.

2021 VW Jetta 2021 Toyota Corolla
Engine: 1.4L 4-Cylinder 1.8L 4-Cylinder
Horsepower: 147 HP @ 5,000 rpm 139 HP @ 6,100 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm 126 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm
Drivetrain: FWD FWD
Est. Combined MPG:2 34 33

Dimensions & Interior Space

Other factors to consider when looking at the 2021 Toyota Corolla vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta are cabin space and overall size. After all, the interior is where you spend all of your time when driving. You want to be comfortable and have controls that are within easy reach and made of materials that are pleasant to the touch. Both the new Jetta and the new Corolla give you five seats, but only one of them gives you more trunk space for your cargo. Once again, the Jetta outperforms the Corolla when it comes to cargo capacity. The VW Jetta is also three inches longer than the Corolla for added room throughout the cabin. If you are interested in a full-size sedan that helps you embrace the road ahead, don’t miss our VW Jetta vs. Passat comparison.

2021 VW Jetta 2021 Toyota Corolla
# of Seats: 5 5
Cargo Capacity: 14.1 cu.ft. 13.1 cu.ft.
Length: 185.1 in. 182.3 in.
Width: 70.8 in. 70.1 in.


Is the Jetta bigger than the Corolla?

When comparing the Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla in terms of overall size, dimension, and trunk space, we see that the VW Jetta is roughly three inches longer than the Corolla. In regards to width, both vehicles are approximately the same size, but the VW Jetta has more cargo capacity than the Corolla. VW Jetta drivers will enjoy 14.1 cubic feet of cargo room, while Corolla owners will have to make do with only 13.1 cubic feet of trunk area. The Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Corolla each provide five seats for you and other adults to comfortably enjoy.

Is the Volkswagen Jetta a reliable car?

When you lease or finance a new Volkswagen Jetta, your vehicle is backed by the Carefree Coverage warranty program that comes included with your purchase. This maintenance plan includes Scheduled Carefree Maintenance for the first two years or 20,000 miles and a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for the first four years or 50,000 miles. Your new Volkswagen Jetta warranty also comes with three years or 36,000 miles of Help Roadside Assistance and five years of Car-Net Remote Access. When you purchase a new VW Jetta, you know you’re getting a reliable vehicle with an impressive warranty.

What is the main difference between the Volkswagen Jetta and the Toyota Corolla?

Thank you for reading our Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla review and model comparison. While there are many differences between these two new cars for sale and areas where the VW Jetta beats the Corolla, the biggest difference is value for your money. The entry-level VW Jetta S comes with a lower starting MSRP1 than the base model Corolla and the same is true for the flagship trim models of each vehicle that offer top-of-the-line features. The 2021 VW Jetta SEL Premium is hundreds of dollars less than the comparably equipped Corolla XSE Apex Edition. If you want value for your money, choose the car that gives you more horsepower, cargo capacity, and estimated combined MPG2 for less money. Choose the new 2021 Volkswagen Jetta.

Shop Gunther VW Fort Lauderdale For Lease Deals

When you’re ready to take home a Volkswagen Jetta, stop by our dealership. In addition to our Jetta lease specials, we also offer a selection of used VW Jetta models for sale to help drivers who are shopping on a budget. A late-model VW Jetta will provide many of the same features found on the current lineup and be less expensive. If you have a child heading off to college or looking for that first car for the new driver in the family, be sure to browse our used Volkswagen inventory while you’re here. Whatever your vehicle requirements are, let our team know how we can be of assistance. We’re here to serve.

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1All prices shown are the U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”) and do not include extra costs, such as, but not limited to, taxes, dealer charges, registration, and transportation. For specific product availability and program information, please visit your local authorized Volkswagen dealer.

234 combined mpg (2021 VW Jetta, 1.4L 4-Cylinder). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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