2016 Honda Civic vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic
2016 Volkswagen Jetta

2016 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta are small cars that have earned acclaim from critics and drivers alike. If you’re shopping for a small car here in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area, then it’s no wonder you’ve narrowed it down to these two choices. Both offer remarkable fuel economy and impressive performance. Both offer a level of finish that you won’t find in most economy cars. That said, you’ll find a clear winner when you compare them side by side.

Performance and Efficiency

You want a solid blend of fuel economy and performance from a small sedan, right? The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta starts with a 170 hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine that’s capable of up to 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway in EPA estimates. The Jetta can also be had with a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 150 hp and earns 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway from the EPA.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Honda Civic starts with a 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. This model earns an EPA estimate of 31 mpg city/41 mpg highway/35 mpg combined*. The Civic can be had with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque and earns an EPA estimate of 31 mpg city/42 mpg highway/35 mpg combined.

The Civic clearly wins out when it comes to both power and efficiency, no matter which engine you choose.


The 2016 Honda Civic and the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta are both standouts in this class with lots of standard equipment. Look at the details though and you’ll find that the Volkswagen is missing automatic climate control, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, and floor mats in the most basic model. Each of those important features comes standard in every version of the Civic.

Passenger and Cargo Volume

Just because you’re driving a compact doesn’t mean you want to be cramped. The 2016 Honda Civic gives you both more passenger volume and more cargo volume than the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today

You’re welcome to visit us at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake right now at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL to drive the current Honda Civic. We’re your local Chicagoland and Elgin area Honda dealership, so visit us today to find out more about the new generation of the Honda Civic!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.