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Volkswagen Golf vs. Volkswagen Jetta

When we compare the Volkswagen Golf to the Volkswagen Jetta, the Volkswagen Golf has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and overall quality score. The Volkswagen Jetta has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Volkswagen Golf versus the Volkswagen Jetta, the Volkswagen Jetta is a better car than the Volkswagen Golf.

Volkswagen Golf versus Volkswagen Jetta Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Volkswagen Golf ranges from $17,792 to $25,998 while a used Volkswagen Jetta from the same model year range is priced between $17,500 to $26,999.

Volkswagen Golf versus Volkswagen Jetta Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Volkswagen Golf is 8.7 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Jetta's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Volkswagen Golf being ranked 3 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money and the Volkswagen Jetta being ranked 5 out of 12. Out of 51 Best Small Cars, the Volkswagen Golf is ranked 51 and the Volkswagen Jetta is ranked 8.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Volkswagen Golf’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Jetta base engine makes 158 horsepower. The Golf is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 515 miles. The Jetta is rated to deliver an average of 34 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 554 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Volkswagen Golf has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front leg room, rear head room, and trunk space. The Volkswagen Jetta has the advantage in the areas of front head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Jetta are comparable in regards to front shoulder room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Jetta have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf

2023 Volkswagen Jetta

Pricing

New Asking Price:

-

Used Asking Price:

$17,792 - $25,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$22,174 - $30,002

Used Asking Price:

$17,500 - $26,999

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

43.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 12
4 / 51
5 / 51
5 / 51
13 / 51

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 12
6 / 51
7 / 51
8 / 51
8 / 51

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

TSI

Trim Levels

S, SE, Sport, SEL

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 1400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.050 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

158 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 1750 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.054 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 39 / 33

Range (city/hwy):

383 / 515 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 42 / 34

Range (city/hwy):

383 / 554 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

17.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

110.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

14.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

94.7 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2945 lbs

Width:

70.8 inches

Height:

58.2 inches

Length:

167.6 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2915 lbs

Width:

70.8 inches

Height:

57.7 inches

Length:

186.5 inches

Wheelbase:

105.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

205/55R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum with painted accents

Tire Size:

P205/60R16