2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze

Two compact cars with strikingly different personalities, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze compete to provide drivers with the best value. Both small-sized sedans choose a turbocharged 4-cylinder as their base engines, while the Volkswagen Jetta also provides a turbocharged 1.8L 4-cylinder on its upper level trims as well as a 2.0L turbocharged engine on its top-of-the-line GLI.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and Chevy Cruze both fight their way to the top of the segment with their small turbos, achieving 40 mph on the highway, proving to be prime commuter cars. The Volkswagen Jetta pulls ahead from the crowd by providing a more-than-comfortable amount of space for its front and rear seat passengers. Legroom and trunk space is abundant, teetering on the requirements of midsize sedan so that you'll never have to worry about being cramped, crowded, or not having enough storage space to accommodate cargo.

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Chevy Cruze
Turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder Base Engine Turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder

1.4T S

1.4T SE

1.8T Sport

1.8T SEL


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Yes Advanced Safety Technologies Available Yes
Car-Net App-Connect Infotainment Center Chevrolet MyLink

2016 Volkswagen Jetta: Standard Safety and Style Sure to Impress

As popular picks in today’s society, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and 2016 Chevy Cruze both don’t take standard safety lightly. The Chevy Cruze is filled with 10 standard airbags, while the VW Jetta has once again achieved the status of IIHS Top Safety Pick+. It was able to earn this prestigious title because of the advanced safety options it offers in addition to its top-rate standard safety. Driver Assistance features help drivers to be more confident and self-assured while behind the wheel; even while you’re watching, it’s nice to have someone watching out for you too with systems such as: adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert, and park distance control.

In addition to exceptional advanced safety technology available on both compact cars, each offer their prospective infotainment centers. The Chevrolet MyLInk features a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen with available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. As for Volkswagen, it just rolled out its all-new, second generation, infotainment platform, MIB II. Through VW Car-Net App-Connect, smartphones can be synced to your vehicle’s system through one of three platforms: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. Volkswagen is one of the few automakers to currently allow drivers to host three platforms like this to access communication, entertainment, and navigation apps.

Further information about the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta can be found at here at Donaldson VW. We would be happy to tell you more, answer any questions, and encourage you to sign up for a test drive!

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