New Volkswagen 2019 VW Jetta vs. 2019 Toyota Corolla Sedan for Sale in West Warwick, RI

The 2019 models of the Volkswagen Jetta and the Toyota Corolla are similar in that they are both four-door sedans made by internationally respected manufacturers and sold at an affordable price point (with base MSRPs that differ by only $180). Individual buyers will have their own varying preferences for interior and exterior styling, but there are mechanical and equipment differences that will factor in more with most people who are making a decision between these two five-passenger cars.

Although the Corolla is reliable, decently equipped, and comfortable, it would be hard to find somebody who describes it as fun to drive, especially in comparison with any VW product. The zippy and nimble Jetta offers a more refined interior and over 1 cubic foot more cargo space. Some trims even come with a unique feature, interior ambient lighting, which can be programmed in the owner’s choice of ten colors. Volkswagen offers the better warranty by far, with coverage for 6 years or 72,000 miles (twice as much as Toyota’s) under America’s Best Warranty.

The Jetta easily outdoes the Corolla in pure driving fun, with its superior dynamics and sportier handling. As far as horsepower, its 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 beats the Corolla’s 1.8-liter naturally aspirated I4 by 15 horses (147 vs. 132) and delivers considerably more torque (184 lb-ft at 1400 rpm vs. 128 lb-ft at 4400 rpm). They are comparably fuel efficient, but the Jetta has a start-stop system that shuts of the engine during idling to save gas; according to the EPA ratings, it edges out the Corolla by up to five miles per gallon. So, while each has a 13.2-gallon fuel tank, Jetta drivers will make fewer trips to the gas station over the years of ownership thanks to that car’s better fuel economy. Both cars are available in a choice of manual or automatic transmission, a fact that will please driving purists who prefer to control shifting by themselves.

Standard vs. Optional Equipment
Both manufacturers build in a lot of safety features – both active and passive – including a standard rear-view camera. The Jetta comes equipped with compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the Corolla does not. Both of these cars offer heated seats in their higher trim levels, with Jetta taking it a step further by offering ventilated seats on premium Jettas. VW’s impressive digital cockpit, which is standard on the SEL and SEL Premium, has a beautiful 10-inch-plus screen customizable to the driver’s preferences to show vehicle information, the navigation screen, trip computer stats, and even real-time elevation.

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