2020 Buick Regal Sportback vs. 2020 Volkswagen Jetta

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Safety

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The Regal Sportback offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Jetta doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Regal Sportback and the Jetta 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Buick Regal Sportback weighs 789 to 1382 pounds more than the Volkswagen Jetta. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal Sportback 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Jetta. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Jetta ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Regal Sportback’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Jetta’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 3 times as many Buick dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Regal Sportback’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Regal Sportback’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Jetta’s camshafts. If the Jetta’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 9 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Regal Sportback’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 103 more horsepower (250 vs. 147) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 184) than the Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder. The Regal Sportback’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 103 more horsepower (250 vs. 147) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 184) than the Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder. The Regal Sportback GS’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 163 more horsepower (310 vs. 147) and 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (282 vs. 184) than the Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Buick Regal Sportback turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Jetta (automatics tested):

Regal Sportback

Jetta

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

7.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

22.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Regal Sportback’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Volkswagen only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Jetta Auto.

The Regal Sportback has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Jetta (16.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Regal Sportback has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Jetta doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Buick Regal Sportback comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Jetta.

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Regal Sportback, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Jetta.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Regal Sportback

Regal Sportback GS

Jetta

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

12.4 inches

10.8 inches

The Regal Sportback stops much shorter than the Jetta:

Regal Sportback

Jetta

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Regal Sportback has larger standard tires than the Jetta (225/55R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Regal Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Jetta (245/45R18 vs. 205/60R16).

The Regal Sportback’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Jetta’s standard 60 series tires. The Regal Sportback Avenir/GS’ tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Regal Sportback has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Jetta. The Regal Sportback Avenir/GS’ 19-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels on the Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Buick Regal Sportback has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Volkswagen Jetta has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Regal Sportback offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Jetta’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Regal Sportback’s wheelbase is 5.7 inches longer than on the Jetta (111.4 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Regal Sportback is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Jetta.

The Regal Sportback GS handles at .87 G’s, while the Jetta R-Line pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Regal Sportback GS executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Jetta SEL (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Regal Sportback AWD uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Jetta doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Regal Sportback a Large car, while the Jetta is rated a Compact.

The Regal Sportback has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Jetta (98 vs. 94.7).

The Regal Sportback has .3 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Jetta.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Regal Sportback’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. The Jetta’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Servicing Ease

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The Regal Sportback uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Jetta uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Jetta SEL Premium, the Regal Sportback offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Regal Sportback’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Jetta does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Regal Sportback GS offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Jetta doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Regal Sportback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Volkswagen charges extra for heated mirrors on the Jetta.

When the Regal Sportback with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Jetta’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Regal Sportback Preferred/Essence/Avenir/GS’ standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Jetta offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Regal Sportback GS has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Jetta.

The Regal Sportback has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Jetta SE/R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium.

Both the Regal Sportback and the Jetta offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Regal Sportback has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Jetta doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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The Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Volkswagen Jetta isn’t available as a station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Regal Sportback is less expensive to operate than the Jetta because typical repairs cost less on the Regal Sportback than the Jetta, including $57 less for a starter, $103 less for fuel injection, $150 less for a fuel pump, $131 less for front struts and $87 less for a timing belt/chain.

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