Another year has passed, and a range of updates have swept the favorite cars of drivers near Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island. In our 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla car comparison, we want to look closer at two accomplished daily drivers.

Which compact car has more of the features you're looking for? Read on to weigh your options and decide whether the 2019 VW Jetta or Toyota Corolla is a better fit for you. If you have any questions, drop us a line at Hilton Head Volkswagen! 

2019 VW Jetta vs Corolla: Performance Specs 

The first item in our 2019 VW Jetta vs. Corolla head-to-head is an engine comparison. The Corolla runs on a 4-cylinder that delivers a solid 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque in most trims (but 140 horses and 126 lb-ft in the LE Eco). That's plenty of power for daily driving, if not the liveliest of rides. 

By contrast, the VW Jetta offers three turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The base 1.4-Liter engine delivers a bit more power (150 horses and 184 lb-ft of torque) than the Corolla engine. And the upper-trim engines go even further: 

  • Turbocharged 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder:Good for 170 horses and 184 lb-ft
  • Turbocharged 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder:Good for 210 horses and 207 lb-ft

If you value authoritative driving, the VW Jetta has a clear advantage. On the other hand, when it comes to fuel economy, these two compact cars are evenly matched: The VW Jetta gets up to an EPA-estimated 40 highway MPG, a figure matched by the Toyota Corolla.1

Advanced Connectivity Technology 

These days, staying connected is more important than ever-even, and especially, when you're behind the wheel. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Corolla can help you perform that feat with their respective VW Car-Net®and Toyota Entune™ infotainment systems. 

Each offers handy features like Bluetooth®, for hands-free calling and audio streaming, so you can connect with your favorite people and music without taking your hands off the wheel. Plus, the optional navigation features can get you to your destination with less hassle, via voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions. 

But, only the Volkswagen Jetta has available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, for simple smartphone integration. You can easily plug in your iPhone® or Android device and access crucial phone apps, from your music library to your calendar. 

Spacious Interior Dimensions 

When you shop for a small car, it's important to know the ride you're getting has room for everything you need. As far as space for people, the 2019 VW Jetta and Corolla succeed here. Both cars offer just over 38 inches of front-row headroom and 37 inches of backseat headroom. 

With space like that, even tall drivers and passengers will have an easier time entering and exiting the car. Plus, you'll be able to find plenty of comfort and keep good posture while inside, no matter how long the ride. 

But, when it comes to cargo space, the VW Jetta has roomier accommodations than the Corolla. Its trunk measures 15.7 cubic feet, which is enough to hold up to four sets of golf clubs or luggage for a family trip. The Corolla's trunk is roomy, but at 13 cubic feet, it can hold fewer of your things than its VW counterpart. 

Volkswagen Jetta vs Toyota Corolla: Make Your Choice 

At Hilton Head Volkswagen, we want compact car shoppers across Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island to find efficient, practical options that meet their needs. 

As you can see from our 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla car comparison, these two vehicles are closely matched in several categories. But, if you want a sportier ride, more trunk space, and technological prowess, the 2019 VW Jetta may be worth a closer look. 

If you agree, schedule your test drive at our dealership. We'll get you behind the wheel of this chic, small car for some firsthand experience!



128 city/40 highway MPG (2019 VW Jetta 1.4L, 5-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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