Compare 2017 VW Jetta vs Honda Civic | Merrillville, IN

2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic

Serving Merrillville, IN, Crown Point, and Hobart

In the world of compact sedans, it’s easy to go with the Honda Civic. After all, for decades the best-seller has delivered what customers want: reliability, great fuel economy, and sharp and crisp handling. And with the 2017 model year—the second in the nameplate’s tenth generation of production—it looks like business as usual for the perennial high-performer. However, the Volkswagen Jetta, which like the Civic, made its debut in the 1970s—has made incremental but significant improvements over the past few years. Ultimately, the Jetta makes a strong case for being the choice over the Civic for the following reasons.


2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2017 Honda Civic Touring


210 horsepower

174 horsepower


207 lb-ft

167 lb-ft

Standard Engine

2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

1.5-liter I4

Cargo Volume

15.7 cubic feet

14.7 cubic feet

Cargo Room

Compact sedans have grown in size over the years, thus indicating customers’ desire for more interior space. And that includes more room for transporting luggage—whether it concerns a cross-country trip or dropping off someone at the airport. Thankfully, both the 2017 VW Jetta and the 2017 Honda Civic have rear seats that can fold down so that cargo space can be expanded into the cabin. However, the Jetta offers more trunk space than the Civic. Across all trims, the Jetta cargo volume is 15.7 cubic feet. On the Civic, the most cargo volume you can get is 15.1 cubic feet. And if you go with the top-level Touring trim, it shrinks to 14.7 cubic feet.


There used to be a time when the Honda Civic was virtually undisputed regarding reliability. Not any more; other automakers have slowly but steadily closed that gap. Car research information firm J.D. Power & Associates gives each new car a Predicted Reliability rating (on a scale of 2 to 5 Power Circles) based on an evaluation of reported issues during the first 90 days of ownership. The 2017 VW Jetta gets 4 Power Circles, which makes it better than most vehicles in the compact sedan segment. The 2017 Honda Civic gets 3.5 Power Circles, which puts it within the same range of its VW counterpart, but ultimately places it lower in terms of predicated reliability. Thus, the VW Jetta is a little less likely to develop major problems during ownership.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

Engine Power

No longer stuck with tiny and underpowered engines, compact sedans, more than ever before, are relying on more capable workhorses. On the 2017 VW Jetta, you can go with the upper-level GLI, which uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine. With premium fuel, this I4 can provide an output of 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. On the 2017 Honda Civic, the most powerful engine you can get is a smaller, 1.5-liter I4, which, although turbocharged, offers 174 horsepower and up to 167 lb-ft of torque. That’s 36 less horsepower and 40 less lb-ft of torque than the GLI engine.

Test Drive Today!

Ready to find out for yourself why the 2017 VW Jetta is a better choice for a compact sedan than the 2017 Honda Civic? We have lots of units to choose from and test-drive, as well as figure out what features you absolutely want in your new vehicle. At our VW dealership, we serve clientele from not just Merrillville, but also Crown Point, Hobart, and beyond. Give us a call today to set up your appointment with one of our Jetta experts.


*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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