2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Compact sedans may be small but that doesn’t mean they aren’t mighty. The best compact sedans pack in just as much technology and creature comforts as their larger cousins. Some can also be surprisingly roomy on the inside compared to their small exterior footprint. Two cars in this segment that really get the balance between compact and functional right are the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. Both seat five and come equipped with modern technology and safety features that consumers are after. So who wins in the battle between the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Chevrolet Cruze?

We’re going to have to give this one to the 2017 VW Jetta. On the outside, the 2017 Jetta is more attractive and looks simple, classic and refined. Inside, the 2017 Jetta has more elbow room and cargo room than even some mid-size sedans. Couple that with a trio of engine choices and the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a great choice for anyone in the market for a compact sedan.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Chevrolet Cruze
28/40 fuel economy (city/hwy) 28/39
1.4-liter four-cylinder base engine 1.4-liter four-cylinder
5 seating capacity 5
15.7 cubic feet cargo space 14.8 cubic feet

Engine Options in the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Very compelling for buyers who like options is a trio of engine choices available on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. Disappointingly, the 2017 Cruze only offers one. Standard on all trims of the 2017 Cruze is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Also standard on all trims of the 2017 Cruze (except the Premier) is a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available for the LS and LT trims and comes standard on the Premier trim.

The base S and SE trim levels on the 2017 Jetta come standard with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Also standard on the S and SE trim is a five-speed manual transmission with the choice of an available six-speed automatic. The SEL trim comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. Finally, the GTI trim comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Also standard on the GTI is a six-speed manual transmission with an option for an available six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Anyone interested in a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta can contact the staff at Donaldsons Toyota for more information or click on the inventory button on this page to see a list of currently in-stock Jettas at Donaldsons Volkswagen in Sayville, NY.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta touchscreen display
2017 Volkswagen Jetta interior overview
2017 Volkswagen Jetta steering wheel and drivers display close up
2017 Volkswagen Jetta shown in white