2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra

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Safety

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The Jetta 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 Sentra 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.

Both the Jetta and the Sentra 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 202 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sentra has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Jetta comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Sentra’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Jetta’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Sentra’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Jetta for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Sentra.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The Jetta’s 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder produces 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 146) than the Sentra’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Jetta is faster than the Nissan Sentra (automatics tested):

Jetta

Sentra

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

9.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

22.5 sec

26.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.6 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

127 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Jetta gets better mileage than the Sentra:

MPG

Jetta

Manual

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Auto

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Sentra

Auto

S/SV 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/39 hwy

SR 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Jetta Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sentra doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Jetta

Sentra

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.8 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

The Volkswagen Jetta has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Sentra. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Jetta’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Sentra’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Volkswagen Jetta amounts to more than styling. The Jetta has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Sentra (.27 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Jetta get better fuel mileage.

Ergonomics

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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 Sentra doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Jetta’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sentra’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Jetta and the Sentra have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Jetta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sentra prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Jetta’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sentra’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Jetta SE/R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium 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 Sentra can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Sentra’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Jetta (except S) to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Sentra doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Sentra doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Jetta and the Sentra offer available heated front seats. The Jetta also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Sentra.

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 Sentra doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Jetta SEL Premium’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sentra’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volkswagen Jetta SEL/SEL Premium has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Sentra doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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