When shopping for a fuel-efficient compact sedan, the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Jetta are top choices. If you’re also hoping to gain sportier performance as you drive around Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano in your new car, each of these models also offers a version that comes with a boost in performance.
Here at Norm Reeves Volkswagen, we’re ready to help you find the model that’s right for you. Take a look at our comparison of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI vs. Honda Civic SI to see which agile, compact car is the one you’ve been looking for.
Power Under the Hood of the VW Jetta GLI vs Honda Civic SI
With both cars, you’ll get the exhilarating performance of a turbo engine. In the 2019 Civic SI, there’s a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This direct-injection engine delivers 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.
With the 2019 VW Jetta GLI, you’ll enjoy even more powerful performance with its 2.0L TSI® 4-cylinder engine. This engine produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
VW Jetta GLI vs Honda Civic SI: Performance Specs
Both vehicles come with a 6-speed manual transmission as well as different driving modes to select from. The Volkswagen Jetta GLI, though, comes with more modes to choose among to tailor the performance of the vehicle to how you’d like it to currently drive. It also has an available 7-speed automatic DSG® transmission with Tiptronic® if you prefer to drive an automatic car.
Another aspect of the engineering of the 2019 VW Jetta GLI is the addition of the Cross Differential System XDS®. This will continuously monitor the speed, wheel rotation, and lateral G-forces of the car and can make adjustments to give you agile, confident, and balanced driving wherever you go.
The Exterior Design of the VW Jetta GLI vs Honda Civic SI
If you’re driving a sporty car, you also want it to look the part. Although both cars have bold exterior features to match their athletic performance, the VW Jetta GLI has a more sophisticated and sleek design.
This includes its black honeycomb grille that features red accents as opposed to the plainer gloss black grille on the 2019 Civic SI. The subtlety of the chrome dual exhaust tips with rear lower diffuser also adds to the clean style of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Honda Civic SI sports a single, center outlet exhaust instead.
The VW Jetta GLI even has LED projector headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, and LED taillights. The only LED lights found on the outside of the 2019 Honda Civic SI are the taillights with integrated LED light bars.
Want to Drive a 2019 VW Jetta GLI?
With a more stylish design and superior performance, drivers in Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano will enjoy the experience of driving the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Contact us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen to schedule a test drive of the VW Jetta GLI and see what it’ll be like cruising around in this sporty, compact sedan!