2019 Chevy Cruze vs. 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Chevrolet and Volkswagen are going head-to-head in the sedan market with their Cruze and Jetta this year. The 2019 Chevy Cruze and the 2019 Volkwagen Jetta are affordable and reliable sedans that are attracting a lot of attention thanks to their consistent performance and attractive design.

If you are looking for a budget sedan, your search has probably led you to the Chevy Cruze and the Volkswagen Jetta. Now, which do you choose? Take a closer look at how these two compare to make the best decision for you:

Exterior Comparison

You’ll notice the differences between the Cruze and the Jetta right away when you look at them. The Volkswagen Jetta looks and feels like a starter car. There’s nothing wrong with the design, but there’s nothing exceptional about it either. The design is simple, without a lot of bells ad whistles. There’s nothing about the VW Jetta that’s going to turn heads when you’re driving down the street – either for the good or the bad.

In contrast, the Chevy Cruze is a substantial sedan with an eye-catching design. It has a full-bodied look that includes a muscular front end and a broad profile. The Cruze has a thick front end that includes a slightly rippling hood with a tall and wide grille intersected only by a thin, chrome bar and the nameplate. The squinting headlights hover over large fog lights. Deep grooves run down the side of the body, giving it a thick and toned look.

Overall, the Chevy Cruze looks like the grown up sitting next to the Volkswagen Jetta. You’ll feel proud to drive this stately sedan to business lunches, first dates, or even your high-school reunion.

Interior and Technology

Inside the Cruze and the Jetta, you’ll see the same trend as you do on the outside. The Jetta is perfectly adequate, but it’s nothing special. The interior is all plastic and hard angles. Everything is ordered nicely and within reach, but nothing seems designed for aesthetic appeal or pleasure. This is a practical vehicle for practical people and those on a budget.

Meanwhile, inside the Cruze, you’ll see a stylish interior that is designed for both functionality and aesthetic appeal. You see more graceful lines, more contrast stitching, and more interesting design touches. There is a dual color scheme, and the materials are soft touch. You’ll also get more headroom and leg room overall in the Cruze than you will the Jetta.

The Chevy Cruze also has a lot more to offer in terms of convenience features. It has a nice infotainment system projected on a large display screen in the middle of the dash, and that includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling and streaming music, and two 12-volt DC outlets for charging devices. You also get speed-sensitive windshield wipers, one-touch power windows, power doors, and remote start. You also have the option to upgrade some of the features, such as getting leather upholstery or a heated steering wheel.

You aren’t going to find a lot of extras in the Volkswagen Jetta. You’ve got the basic infotainment system and display screen in the center of the dash, as well as power windows, steering wheel-mounted controls, and controls that are easily reachable on the center console.

Overall, you are going to get more bang for your buck with the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze. It has a more stylish interior and more features, which will make driving more comfortable and more fun.

Base Performance

The Cruze and the Jetta go head-to-head when it comes to performance. You know that you aren’t getting a speed demon when you buy a compact sedan, but you do want competent performance, and you get it from both of these sedans.

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged Inline 4 engine that puts out 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for nice handling. Meanwhile, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged Inline 4 engine also, but it puts out 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

There is no optional engine on the VW Jetta, but there is for the Cruze. You can get a 1.6-liter turbocharged Inline 4 diesel engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That engine puts out 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.

You’ll get great fuel economy on both. The 2019 Chevy Cruze gets an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta gets an estimated 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. You’ll keep your gas bills down with both while still being able to enjoy a spirited ride.

Which is Right for You?

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze starts at $17,995, and the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta starts at $18,745. While the price on the Jetta isn’t that much more, the difference becomes much more distinguished when you consider how much more you get from the Chevy Cruze for less money. You get a more stylish sedan, more convenience features, and great performance. You could expect to pay more for everything that the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze has to offer, but you’ll stay well within budget.

Now is the perfect time to visit your local Chevy dealership to take a test drive of the 2019 Cruze and discover all that it has to offer for yourself. You’ll fall in love with the way the Cruze handles and how good it feels to drive it. You’ll feel how comfortable the ride is, and you’ll have fun trying out all the convenience features.

When you’re done with your test drive, our financing specialists can help you find the right terms to fit your budget. You may even find that you have enough left over to upgrade some features or get a higher trim level. Visit us today to find out what’s possible!