Choosing the right compact sedan can be difficult, especially when the differences between the two models are harder to perceive in this class than others that have more room to express themselves. The Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Corolla are two of the most well-known compact sedans out there, but each one is built according to its own sensibilities.
Volkswagen, like most German automakers, puts extra attention into the fit-and-finish of their vehicles. Toyota is well known for building long-lasting vehicles with dependable performance. The Jetta and Corolla inherit the characteristics of their respective automakers, but that doesn’t put them on equal ground. A close examination shows the advantages of buying a 2020 Volkswagen Jetta over a 2020 Toyota Corolla.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta
2020 Toyota Corolla
Automatic or Manual Transmission
Continuously Variable-Speed Transmission or Manual
Beats®, 9 Speakers
Premium Audio System
JBL®, 9 Speakers
If you are already a Volkswagen fan, you will probably prefer the Jetta regardless, but the chart above helps back up put that decision in context. While both are clearly some of the best compact sedans out there, the Jetta has a lower barrier of entry, not only because of its lower starting MSRP but also because owners get a Volkswagen turbocharged engine even at the lowest trim. The Volkswagen Jetta has a more refined interior as well. The winner of the best premium sound system is up to personal interpretation, but both use the same number of speakers, so the differences are not significant.