Tale of the Tape: The 2014 VW Jetta vs. the 2014 Toyota Corolla

June 13th, 2014 by

2014 VW Jetta vs. 2014 Toyota Corolla Providence RI

Even though it seems like forever ago, it’s only been about a decade since the compact sedan segment experienced what sportscasters generally refer to as “The Leap.” Prior to the early 2000s, compact cars were, by and large, designed to be practical and that was about it. Cheap interior materials and uninspiring driving dynamics were the norm, and for the bulk of the target audience–students, young families, etc.–that was mostly okay.

Then rising gas prices became nightly-news fodder, and the focus of compact cars shifted greatly. Drivers now wanted cars that had fuel efficiency that wouldn’t gouge them at the pump, but wanted the quality and amenities that could be found in larger, more expensive vehicles. The compact car segment grew up in a hurry, and two models quickly rose to the top. Now, for the new model year, let’s see how far they’ve come: the 2014 VW Jetta and the 2014 Toyota Corolla.

The upscale interior of the 2014 VW Jetta makes practical use of all available space.

When comparing the latest models of the VW Jetta and the Toyota Corolla, it’s immediately obvious that this is a test of two supremely well-designed automobiles. Both feature accommodating interior cabins, and are comfortable for up to five adult occupants. They also each feature efficient and compelling standard engines that fare reasonably well in most driving conditions.

In a few key areas, however, the Volkswagen Jetta unquestionably wrestles the reins from the Corolla. The interior of the Jetta, in particular, is head-and-shoulders above the Corolla in terms of sensibility; it carries a distinctly European craftsmanship that is both visually pleasing and space-efficient, making the most of every inch. In fact, most agree that the interior and trunk space tread closely to mid-size vehicle levels. Meanwhile, with standard convenience features such as heated outside mirrors and one-touch express up/down on all windows, the Jetta leaves a strong impression of sophistication at all trim levels.

The available Turbo-diesel engine offers drivers up to 42 highway mpg.

Under the hood, the VW Jetta sets itself apart as well. While the Corolla features just the single engine option–a 1.8L four-cylinder–the Jetta answers with a wide variety of inspired powertrains, including a new 1.8L Turbocharged four-cylinder and a 2.0L Turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces an estimated 42 highway mpg. With its ability to answer the call for a wide variety of driver demands, the 2014 VW Jetta, now available at Speedcraft VW near Providence, RI, gets the nod in this category as well.

While not taking anything away from the venerable and dependable 2014 Toyota Corolla, there are a few key areas where the 2014 VW Jetta simply finds itself as the inarguably superior entry in the compact segment. With a vast array of convenience options and a tasteful, refined design, it isn’t any wonder that drivers in Rhode Island continue to respond strongly to the latest edition of Volkswagen’s iconic compact sedan.

The 2014 VW Jetta is now available at Speedcraft VW, located near Providence with some of the best offers in Rhode Island. We look forward to answering any further questions you may have, and encourage you to visit our dealership to learn about the many attractive lease and purchase options available for this terrific car.