2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI vs. 2020 Genesis G70

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Safety

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The Jetta GLI has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G70 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Jetta GLI has a standard backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G70 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Jetta GLI and the G70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 82 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Jetta GLI’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Jetta GLI’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the G70’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Jetta GLI is faster than the G70 2.0T (automatics tested):

Jetta GLI

G70

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

16.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

96 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Jetta GLI gets better mileage than the G70:

MPG

Jetta GLI

FWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

G70

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/28 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Jetta GLI higher (7 out of 10) than the Genesis G70 (3). This means the Jetta GLI produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G70 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Jetta GLI offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The G70 doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Jetta GLI’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the G70:

Jetta GLI

G70

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Jetta GLI has a standard Hydraulic Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The G70 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Jetta GLI stops shorter than the G70:

Jetta GLI

G70

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

164 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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The Jetta GLI handles at .95 G’s, while the G70 Elite pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Volkswagen Jetta GLI may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Genesis G70.

Passenger Space

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The Jetta GLI has .3 inches more rear headroom and 2.6 inches more rear legroom than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

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The Jetta GLI has a much larger trunk than the G70 (14.1 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Jetta GLI the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the G70 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Jetta GLI’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The G70’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Recommendations

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The Jetta GLI was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2020. The G70 hasn’t been picked since 2019.

The Volkswagen Jetta outsold the Genesis G70 by over 8 to one during 2019.

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