2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs Toyota Corolla

Choosing between two great cars? We can help! At Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, we’ve taken a look at the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla, and created a comparison to help you determine which ride may meet your needs best.

We took both cars for a spin in Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano, and we have the results you’re looking for. Want to know how these cars stack up, and which ultimately wins out? Read on!

VW Jetta vs Corolla: Performance

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Silk Blue MetallicPerformance is key when you’re enjoying your everyday commute, and these vehicles deliver. Let’s see how these two stack up.

  • Fuel Efficiency: The VW Jetta has an EPA-estimated 30 MPG city/40 MPG highway*, while the Toyota Corolla offers an EPA-estimated 28 MPG city/36 MPG highway.
  • Transmission: Both cars have a six-speed transmission that allows drivers to enjoy a smooth, pleasant driving experience. However, the manual transmission in the Volkswagen Jetta offers drivers more control than the CVT (continuously variable transmission) of the Toyota Corolla. 

As for its engine, the VW Jetta roars ahead with a powerful engine that packs a serious punch, as well as superior fuel efficiency. The Volkswagen Jetta has a powerful 1.4L TSI 16-valve DOHC inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with direct injection and intercooler. It offers 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The Toyota Corolla, on the other hand, has a 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence. It has 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque, delivering less power than the VW Jetta overall.

Volkswagen Jetta vs Toyota Corolla: Safety Features

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

In case of a collision, the Volkswagen sedan has got your back. Should your car deploy its airbags during a collision, the Intelligent Crash Response System will automatically turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights, so you can remain safe post-collision.

Additionally, the Volkswagen Jetta offers seven unique stability-enhancing systems to keep you safe on the road at all times. The Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution helps to maintain the correct stopping power if you need to hard-brake, and the Electronic Stability Control adjusts the engine throttle and helps apply corrective force to the wheels when needed, among other features.

Although the Toyota Corolla may lack some of the safety features employed by the Volkswagen Jetta, it does supply drivers with eight standard airbags, including driver knee and front passenger seat-cushion airbags.

The Corolla also comes equipped with the Star Safety System™, with features like Traction Control and Brake Assist, among others, to assist with braking and to enhance traction on slippery roads.  

Volkswagen Jetta vs Toyota Corolla: The Final Verdict

While both cars make for a great driving experience, the 2019 VW Jetta stands out with its superior performance, safety, and comfort.

Now that you’ve got the lowdown on the Volkswagen Jetta, it’s time to try it out for yourself on the San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, and Garden Grove roads! Head on over to Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine for a test drive today.


* 30 city/40 highway MPG (2019 VW Jetta 1.4L 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle conditions.