2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2021 Toyota Corolla Comparison in Columbus, OH

When MotorTrend ranked the best compact cars to buy in 2021, both the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2021 Toyota Corolla made the cut, with the Jetta ranking higher. It's no surprise, with the Jetta offering exceptional fuel economy, generous cargo space, and a refined ride all at a tremendous value. When you're ready to slip behind the wheel of an exciting compact sedan, we know it can be daunting finding the right one for your family so we've put together a comparison page below to help you choose. Discover the differences between the 2021 Jetta and the 2021 Corolla then stop by Byers Volkswagen to take a test drive.

Volkswagen Jetta sunroof

2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2021 Toyota Corolla Design & Utility

The Volkswagen Jetta has a coupe-like profile, dynamic lines, and a taut silhouette that make it an athletic but elegant sedan brilliantly designed for the 21st century. It comes standard with 16" aluminum-alloy wheels while the 2021 Toyota Corolla offers 15" standard wheels. Both vehicles have a standard LED lighting system including headlights, tail lights, and daytime running lights to make you more visible to other motorists. A power sunroof is available on the higher trim levels of both sedans as well.

Inside the 2021 Jetta, you'll find a spacious cabin that offers more room across the board than the 2021 Corolla. The 2021 Jetta boasts 37.4 inches of rear legroom where the 2021 Corolla only has 34.8 inches; the Jetta also has 54 inches of rear shoulder room, almost 3 inches more than the Corolla. There's more cargo room inside the 2021 Jetta as well with 14.1 cubic feet of room inside the trunk versus the 13.1 cubic feet in the trunk of the Corolla.

Volkswagen Jetta audio system

2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2021 Toyota Corolla Comfort & Convenience

With a driver-focused cabin, the 2021 Jetta offers a more comfortable and connected ride than the 2021 Corolla. While both offer standard 6-way or available 8-way power driver's seats with available heating functions, only the Jetta can boast available heated rear outboard seats as well as ventilated front seats. Leatherette upholstery is standard on the higher trim levels of the 2021 Jetta while the 2021 Corolla only offers cloth upholstery. The cabin of your Jetta is kept at a comfortable temperature with the available dual-zone climate control, a feature not offered by the Corolla.

Another aspect of the 2021 Jetta that can't be matched by the 2021 Corolla is that the infotainment system is controlled through a touchscreen that is horizontally oriented towards the driver for easier, more convenient access. Wireless charging is standard  on the Jetta's higher trim levels but only available in an option package on the Corolla. The same is true with the onboard navigation system on the Jetta SEL Premium model, which includes up-to-date traffic and construction information.

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Volkswagen Jetta performance specs

2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2021 Toyota Corolla Performance

The 2021 Jetta offers a standard 1.4L turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine that generates a solid 147 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque. The 2021 Corolla's base engine, a 1.8L 4-cylinder only makes 139 horsepower and while the Corolla's larger 2.0L engine makes 22 extra horsepower than the Jetta, the Volkswagen sedan still boasts more torque. The Jetta comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission for the thrill of feeling every shift or you can choose the available 8-speed automatic. The 2021 Corolla offers a standard CVT automatic transmission or, if you're willing to spend more, a six-speed manual is available.

Volkswagen Jetta safety features

2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2021 Toyota Corolla Safety

Volkswagen and Toyota are two brands that clearly take your safety and that of your family seriously. That's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded them both an overall five star safety crash test rating. The 2021 Jetta offers a wide array of available driver assist features such as Forward Collision Warning, Automated Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor, and much more. The Jetta also comes standard with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System, two features not offered at all by the 2021 Corolla.

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2021 Toyota Corolla Summary

With a starting MSRP of only $18,995, the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is already a better value than the 2021 Toyota Corolla, which has a starting MSRP of $23,600. When you think of all the features you get that the Corolla either doesn't offer or you have to pay more for, not to mention better fuel economy, and cutting-edge technology, the 2021 Jetta is poised to become your new favorite compact car. To learn more, stop by the showroom at Byers Volkswagen or contact us to schedule a test drive.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta2021 Toyota Corolla
$18,995Starting MSRP*$23,600
184Torque (lb-ft)126
TurbochargedStandard Engine TypeNaturally Aspirated
29 MPG City / 39 MPG HighwayStandard Fuel Economy30 MPG City / 38 MPG Highway
37.4"Rear Legroom34.8"
Standard6-Speed Manual TransmissionAvailable Upgrade
StandardApple CarPlayStandard
StandardAndroid AutoStandard
16-inch Aluminum-AlloyStandard Wheels15-inch Styled Steel

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