2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic

Though crossovers and SUVs tend to get much of the hype in the automotive industry, there’s no denying the practical appeal of a compact sedan. These small vehicles are the perfect start for most drivers as they are easy to maneuver and don’t require much fuel. Looking at the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Honda Civic, you’ll see that the vehicles are almost equivalent in fuel economy, with the Jetta having a slight edge when it comes to city mileage.

Many of the specs for these models are similar, which comes as little surprise giving the competitiveness of the segment. How are you to choose between them? It often comes down to price and other practical considerations.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Honda Civic

$18,545 MSRP $18,940
30 city/40 hwy Base Fuel Economy 28 city/40 hwy
6-speed manual Standard Transmission 6-speed manual
6 years/72,000 mile Warranty 3-year/36,000-mile

More affordable with a better warranty

The first thing any smart shopper looks at is the price of a vehicle. You’ll notice immediately that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta skims off a few hundred dollars in its base trim. This might not make or break a deal for most, but when you consider the warranty that VW now offers, it becomes even more obviously practical.

Volkswagen gives the 2019 VW Jetta a 6-year or 72,000-mile transferable bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. What this means is it covers mechanical defects, perforation, and more are covered. It doesn’t cover normal wear and tear or expected maintenance items, but it does cover your powertrain. The Honda warranty lasts for 3 years or 36,000 miles with additional powertrain coverage for five years or 60,000 miles. Corrosion likewise lasts for a five-year period. Clearly, Honda doesn’t offer as much coverage against defects.

Both the 2019 Jetta and the 2018 Honda Civic are offered in five trims. The Jetta starts with the S and its standard features include power-operated side mirrors, automatic headlights, manual air conditioning, cruise control, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth with audio streaming and a rearview camera.

Find out if the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is right for you when you stop by Armstrong Volkswagen for a test drive.