Volkswagen Jetta prices announced for 2022, hits the Honda Civic back
- The Volkswagen Jetta is here with final prices
- VW’s new compact sedan undercuts the Civic
- Faster models tell a much more interesting story
Volkswagen became aware of this when Honda debuted the 2022 Honda Civic. How could Wolfsburg not? The new Civic undercuts the Volkswagen Jetta in price, but the Jetta could just be the nicer car. Then of course the faster models come into consideration, both the Civic Si and the Jetta GLI. Which is better, the new compact king could decide in America’s hotly contested compact segment.
The Jetta strikes back in the Honda Civic for $ 20,000
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Volkswagen has undercut the bottom knife. The new base model Jetta is a whopping $ 1,900 cheaper than the Honda Civic. The latest VW compact sedan starts at $ 20,195. In all fairness, that’s a bargain from a staple of the compact car scene. Of course, the new car will also get a new look, just like the Honda Civic. That’s all well and good, but what’s behind it?
Volkswagen’s ultra-robust EA888 turbo four-cylinder can, as always, be found in every equipment variant of the Volkswagen Jetta, from the basic model to the hot GLI. Even in the basic models it is clear that the Jetta is pushing the Civic and making the same 158 hp. Specification for specification, the basic models Jetta and Civic are almost identical in every respect.
Basic models from Volkswagen Jetta are a bargain
Honestly, that makes the base Jetta, which has given the “S” designation like the last model, a damn good deal. $ 20,000 or so you get a pretty competent little car. As with the Civic, the automatic transmission models will run you a little more. Unlike Honda, however, you get the brand’s excellent Direct Shift Gearbox dual clutch transmission. It’s far better than the torque converter unit in the Civic and hangs around the whole line up to the GLI.
However, there is a manual model. To be honest, that’s best reserved for the GLI. The Volkswagen Jetta S and its trim levels Sport, SE and SEL are best available with a car. Sometimes you have to let a commuter car be a commuter car. However, if commuter-friendly safety features like adaptive cruise and lane keeping are your offering, then you’ll need an additional $ 995.
The Jetta GLI wants to overtake the Civic Si
But things get really interesting in the top trim Volkswagen Jetta GLI. In combination with the Civic Si, consumers have a real dilemma in hand. Both make around 200 hp and have a manual transmission, but the Jetta costs a lot more and loses the edge there. But that’s a story for another time. Regardless of your Jetta equipment, you will certainly receive an offer.
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