2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Silk Blue Metallic

Commuters in the Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano areas who need a fuel-efficient sedan may be considering models like the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and Honda Civic. While you’d likely be happy behind the wheel of either car, our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen wanted to compare the two to see which one is best suited to the needs of local drivers.

Check out our findings in this new VW Jetta vs. Civic comparison.

VW Jetta vs Honda Civic Quick Facts


VW Jetta

Honda Civic

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

30/40 city/highway MPG1

30/38 city/highway MPG

Forward Collision Assist System



Post-Collision Braking


Not Available

Android Auto™/Apple CarPlay™



Touchscreen Display Size



VW Jetta vs Honda Civic MPG

2019 Volkswagen JettaSince both the Jetta and Civic have a reputation for fuel efficiency, we wanted to see how their standard powertrains compared here.

Both sedans come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, which is ideal for drivers who want complete control over their shift schedules. However, if you want to maximize on efficiency, we recommend choosing the automatic transmission options in both cars.

When we look at the standard engine and automatic transmission, we see the following maximum EPA-estimated fuel economy estimates:

  • Volkswagen Jetta MPG: 30 MPG city, 40 MPG highway1
  • Honda Civic MPG: 30 MPG city, 38 MPG highway

As you can see, both the Jetta and Civic can get up to 30 MPG in the city, but if you commute along a big stretch of highway, you may be able to go farther between fill-ups in the VW Jetta.1

Smart Safety Features in the VW Jetta and Civic

Both the VW Jetta and Honda Civic make safety a priority by including collision mitigation technologies, like an available Forward Collision Assist system. This system uses sensors to monitor the road ahead for unseen hazards. If detected, it’ll issue an alert to slow down or even hit the brakes for you.

Other available smart safety features in both cars include Blind Spot Monitors and Lane Keeping Assist systems.  

What about after a collision, though? While we expect that local drivers do their best to stay safe, sometimes the unexpected happens. If it does, the Volkswagen Jetta has a feature called Automatic Post-Collision Braking. This kicks in to slow or stop your vehicle to try and prevent any secondary impacts.

The Honda Civic doesn’t offer a similar feature, so VW Jetta drivers may be more protected from additional roll-through impacts after a collision.

Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic Infotainment Systems

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Infotainment SystemsWhen you’re behind the wheel of your sedan, it’s nice to have features that keep you connected and informed no matter where you are.

Both the Civic and VW Jetta make Bluetooth® connectivity standard. This allows you to wirelessly connect your smartphone and make hands-free phone calls or stream music. They’re also both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatible and feature a full-color touchscreen display in the center stack.

While both the VW Jetta and Civic have an available integrated navigation system, only the VW Jetta features a full-screen navigation view in the VW Digital Cockpit. This is a 10-inch display in the driver’s dashboard that places turn-by-turn navigation directly below your line of sight.

With this Volkswagen-exclusive feature, you don’t have to move your eyes as far from the road ahead to find out when to make your next turn.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic: Which Will You Drive?

The team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine compared the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Honda Civic and found that the Jetta has more to offer local drivers.

If you’re near the Irvine, Garden Grove, or San Juan Capistrano areas, contact us and we’ll get you out for a test drive in the VW Jetta. Contact us today!



1Based on EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.


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