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Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Honda Civic vs VW Jetta

Sedans are among the best ways to travel through the streets of Centennial, Aurora, and Denver. They’re easy to drive and are incredibly efficient compared to their larger counterparts like SUVs and crossovers. With so many on the market, however, it can be difficult to find the one that’s right for you.

There are two sedans that tend to stick out among the rest for truly exceptional qualities. The 2018 Honda Civic and the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta are both impressive in their own rights, but you can only choose one when all is said and done. Find out which is better suited for your needs in this comprehensive Honda Civic vs. VW Jetta comparison.


2018 Honda Civic vs VW JettaWhen you drive each of these vehicles, the first difference you might notice is the power. The base model Civic comes with a slightly more powerful engine, offering 158 horsepower with its 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. The Jetta, on the other hand, features a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine that only offers 150 horsepower.

Despite the power difference, the 2018 Honda Civic tends to be more fuel efficient, offering an EPA-estimated  40 MPG Highway and 34 MPG combined¹ compared to the Jetta’s EPA-estimated 32 MPG combined. One of the main reasons the Civic is so efficient is due to its incredibly light build. It only comes in at 2,795 pounds, while the Jetta weighs over 3,000 pounds.


One of the best things about the Civic is its versatility. This incredible vehicle is available in a wide variety of body styles including sedan, coupe, and hatchback. In contrast, the Jetta is only available with its sedan model. While the Jetta does have impressive power on its upper trim levels, the Civic Type R Hatchback offers an almost unbelievable 306 horsepower.

When comparing sedans, the Civic and Jetta have virtually identical interior specs with plenty of room for passengers and cargo in each. Opt for the hatchback Civic, however, and you can enjoy an increased cargo capacity maxing out at 46.2 cubic feet of space. If you value customization features, the Jetta simply can’t compare.


2018 Honda Civic vs VW JettaWith modern standards in place, you can always expect new vehicles to be safe. These two are no exception, both earning an overall five stars in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s important to note, however, that the Jetta only earned four stars in frontal crash rating and rollover rating. Meanwhile, the Civic earned all five.²

You’ll also find numerous driver assistance features with both of these vehicles, but the Civic’s Honda Sensing® suite tends to stand out. This add-on comes with advanced systems like Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, and more. The VW Jetta offers similar features, but they’re not quite as robust.

Check Out the 2018 Honda Civic at Mile High Honda

The 2018 Honda Civic vs. VW Jetta decision may be a tough call, but the Civic tends to offer more overall for drivers in the Aurora, Centennial, and Denver areas. If you want to check out all the advantages for yourself, visit Mile High Honda to see a wide variety of Civic models. Our friendly team is excited to show off this incredible vehicle, and you can even take your favorite one for a test drive. Contact us to schedule your test drive today!


¹Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

² Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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