2021 Volkswagen Golf vs 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Comparison in Columbus, OH

When you're looking to step up to precision German engineering in a compact, budget-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicle, Volkswagen has the right car for you. The 2021 Golf is an attractive compact hatchback with ample room for five and fun, flirty power while the 2021 Jetta is a sleek compact sedan with a modern, comfortable cabin that gets you from point A to point B with confidence. Learn more about these two exciting compact cars below then stop byByers Volkswagen in Columbus, OH to speak to any of our expert staff.

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

Golf vs Jetta: Design & Utility

There's no denying that both the 2021 Golf and 2021 Jetta are fine looking vehicles and with the naked eye, they might seem similarly designed and about the same size. When you look closer, you'll see the Golf comes with standard 16" Split-V alloy wheels for a more jaunty appearance while the 16" black alloy wheel on the Jetta gives it a more mysterious look. Both come with standard LED daytime running lights but only the Golf offers you a standard power panoramic sunroof, a feature you need to upgrade trim levels on the Jetta to receive. Only the golf offers rain-sensing windshield wipers to give you a better view of the road during inclement weather.

Offering about the same passenger volume, these two compact cars both have ample head- and legroom in the cabins for your passengers to ride comfortably. Open the trunk of the Jetta and you'll get 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space while the Golf delivers 17.4 cubic feet. The Golf also has an exclusive feature which allows you to expand your load space with a trunk floor that moves up or down 3.9 inches.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf vs. Volkswagen Jetta Interior Styles

Golf vs Jetta: Comfort & Convenience

The 2021 Golf only has one trim level so what you see is what you get. While the hatchback offers comfort items such as six-way heated front seats with V-Tex leatherette upholstery, you can upgrade the Jetta for even more luxurious amenities. Higher trim levels of the Jetta include eight-way power seats with leatherette upholstery, heated front and rear outboard seats, and ventilated front seats. The Jetta also offers an available ten-color LED ambient lighting system in the cabin to fit your mood.

The 2021 Golf keeps you easily connected with the MIB2 infotainment system, complete with a 6.5" tablet-like touchscreen to control your music, maps, phone, and more. While the base Jetta model comes equipped with the MIB system, you can upgrade trim levels to the MIB3 with an 8" display, wireless charging, and a BeatsAudio® audio system.

Golf vs Jetta: Performance & Drive

There's very little difference when it comes to the performance of these two vehicles. Both offer a 1.4L turbocharged engine that makes an impressive 147 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard fare for both compacts, or you can choose the available eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic®. Where you'll find the big difference is in fuel efficiency. The Jetta outperforms the Golf by boasting 39 MPG on the highway when equipped with the manual transmission and 41 highway MPG with the automatic.

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Features

Golf vs Jetta: Safety & Security

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded both the 2021 Golf and Jetta an overall crash safety rating of five stars. This is thanks in part to the stamped steel body and chassis that both vehicles are built with, making them lightweight with no loss in strength. Both offer the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which helps reduce further damage in the event of an accident. The Volkswagen Intelligent Crash Response System is also standard and will automatically shut off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and turn the hazard lights on after a collision happens.

Golf vs Jetta: Driver Assist Features

Volkswagen offers a wide array of driver assist features in both the 2021 Golf and the Jetta. The Golf comes standard with Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. Those same features are available on the higher trim levels of the 2021 Jetta, along with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep System, and High-Beam Control. Together with the standard safety features Volkswagen offers, you'll be rewarded with extra peace of mind every time you slip behind the wheel of either of these amazing compact cars.

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Golf vs Jetta: Value

With a starting MSRP of only $18,995, the 2021 Jetta is a great value on a comfortable, fuel-efficient compact sedan. While the 2021 Golf is a little higher priced, starting at $23,195, the Golf gives you everything you need in one compact hatchback. To see the difference in person, stop by Byers Volkswagen in Columbus, OH or contact us to set up a test drive or two.

2021 Volkswagen Golf2021 Volkswagen Jetta
$23,195Starting MSRP*$18,995
184 lb-ftTorque184 lb-ft
6-Speed ManualTransmission6-Speed Manual
29 MPG City / 36 MPG HighwayFuel Economy29 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway
17.4 Cubic FeetTrunk Space14.1 Cubic Feet
NoneCar and Driver AwardEditors' Choice List
StandardForward Collision WarningAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.