2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Jetta’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Jetta’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Jetta and the Corolla Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available crash mitigating brakes.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Jetta the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Corolla Hybrid has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Jetta comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Corolla Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Jetta’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Corolla Hybrid’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (147 vs. 121) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 106) than the Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Jetta has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corolla Hybrid (13.2 vs. 11.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Volkswagen Jetta as a “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Toyota Corolla Hybrid is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Jetta’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla Hybrid:

Jetta

Corolla

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

10.8 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Jetta has larger tires than the Corolla Hybrid (205/60R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Jetta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Corolla Hybrid’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Jetta has standard 16-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Corolla Hybrid. The Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium has standard 17-inch wheels.

Chassis

The front grille of the Jetta uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Jetta has 6.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hybrid (94.7 vs. 88.6).

The Jetta has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.6 inches more rear legroom than the Corolla Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The Jetta has a larger trunk than the Corolla Hybrid (14.1 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Jetta (except S) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When different drivers share the Jetta SEL Premium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Jetta SEL/SEL Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Corolla Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Jetta SEL/SEL Premium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Jetta SEL Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Jetta SE/R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Jetta, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Jetta first among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Corolla Hybrid isn’t in the top three.

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