Compare 2018 VW Jetta vs Chevy Cruze | Merrillville, IN

2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs Chevy Cruze

Serving Merrillville, IN, Crown Point, and Hobart

When you are in the market for an affordable sedan, there are a range of choices. The 2018 VW Jetta makes a case for itself with budget-friendly prices and extra features. Let's see how it measures up to its rival, the Chevy Cruze.


2018 Volkswagen Jetta S

2018 Chevy Cruze L

Fuel Economy

28 City / 40 Highway MPG**

28 City / 39 Highway MPG**


184 lb.-ft.

177 lb.-ft.

Standard Engine

1.4-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

1.4-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder


6 year, 72,000 miles / Transferable

5 year, 60,000 miles / Non-transferable

Rear Legroom

38.1 inches

36.1 inches


The 2018 VW Jetta and Chevy Cruze have about the same horsepower. Jetta delivers 184 lb.-ft. of torque compared to the Cruze with 177 lb.-ft. Both offer a manual transmission and a six-speed automatic. U.S. News and World Report complains that the Cruze has sluggish acceleration. The reviewers also wish that drivers could turn off the Chevrolet stop-start system. On the other hand, the same magazine reviewers praise the Jetta for zesty acceleration and responsive performance.


Jetta has heated side mirrors and lightweight alloy wheels. These things are reserved for a higher edition of the Cruze. Jetta standard interior details, reserved for higher editions of the Cruze, include reading lights and steering wheel-mounted controls. Both offer heated seats, power-adjusting front seats, and programmable thermostats. Only the Jetta is offering a cooled glove box for your drinks. It’s perfect for the baby’s bottle, your soda, or your sports drink. It’s also ideal for sandwiches and other small picnic items.

Dash and Safety Tech

Both are offering touchscreens with the latest apps and features. Likewise, you can get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on either the Jetta or the Cruze. The two models have five-star safety ratings, confirming their ability to keep passengers safe. You can get a forward collision warning on the Cruze. The Jetta has this feature plus an automatic emergency brake. This important feature can reduce the chances of impact, shaving seconds off of a tricky stop. Drivers will appreciate the benefits of an adaptive cruise control system on the Jetta. While the driver takes care of the steering, the VW can slow, stop and go as the traffic dictates.

2018 Volkswagen Jetta Interior


With 38.1 inches of rear legroom, the Jetta is more accommodating than the Cruze (36.1 inches). U.S. News reviewers complain that Cruze passengers who are tall may have to crouch in the backseat due to the car’s sloping roofline. The Jetta’s trunk measures 15.7 cubic feet while the Cruze has a less generous 14.8 cubic feet. Ironically if you pay more for the Cruze LT or Cruze Premier, the trunk size drops to 13.9 cubic feet. Jetta also has more utility standards such as an overhead console storage and a split rear bench for extra storage space.


The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is offering more peace of mind with the People First Warranty. The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze has a three-year limited and five-year powertrain coverage. People First coverage includes both of these. It runs for six years or 72,000 miles. That’s more years and more miles. It’s also transferrable should you sell the Jetta during the coverage period.

Test Drive Today!

Learn more when you visit Team VW, your Merrillville, IN, Volkswagen dealer. Be sure to get the details on financing when you stop by for your test drive.


*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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