|2016 HONDA CIVIC vs. 2016 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA|
|2.0-litre, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder||ENGINE||1.8 Litre I-4-cyl DOHC|
|158 hp||HORSEPOWER||170 @ 4,800RPM|
|138 @ 4,200RPM||TORQUE||184 @ 1,500RPM|
|8.8 L/100Km city, 5.9 L/100 km hwy||FUEL ECONOMY||8.4 L/100 km city, 6.1L/100 km hwy|
|5.4 (m)||TURNING CIRCLE||5.5 (m|
If you’re interested in a compact sedan, the 2016 Honda Civic and 2016 Volkswagen Jetta are likely on your shopping list. Both offer roomy interiors, recent updates and affordable pricing, along with great gas mileage.
The Civic is fully redesigned for the latest model year. In addition to a completely new look inside and out, the latest Civic boasts new features, new powertrains and a roomier interior with more cargo space in the trunk. Although the Jetta isn’t fully redesigned like its Honda Civic rival, it makes several notable changes for 2016. Base models lose the previously standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, for example, but all models gain a new touchscreen. And the fuel-efficient TDI model is gone from the Jetta’s lineup pending the conclusion of Volkswagen’s diesel-emissions controversy.
The Civic offers two engines. Base models use a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. It returns up to 31 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Drivers looking for more power and gas mileage can opt for a 174-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which gets up to 31 mpg city/42 mpg hwy.
The Jetta offers four engines. Base models use a 150-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that returns 28 mpg city/40 mpg hwy. Drivers looking for more power can get a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that offers up to 25 mpg city/37 mpg hwy, while shoppers interested in even more power can go for the Jetta GLI’s 210-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which boasts up to 24 mpg city/33 mpg hwy.
If it’s fuel economy you’re looking for, the Jetta Hybrid comes with a 170-hp 1.4-liter hybrid 4-cylinder that returns an impressive 42 mpg city/48 mpg hwy. Although the Jetta Hybrid’s gas mileage numbers are the best of any powertrain we named, opting for a Jetta Hybrid is a pricey proposition. If you’re looking to keep costs down, the Civics’ gas mileage is better than any gas-powered Jetta.
There’s no doubt the Jetta’s appeal has diminished without its highly efficient TDI variant. Meanwhile, the 2016 Honda Civic is the best compact car on the market thanks to impressive engines, excellent technology, a sleek new look and great gas mileage. Test drive the all new 2016 Honda civic and Judge for yourself, book a test drive now with Formula Honda.
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