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Honda Civic, Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#1 of 498 '06 Civic vs. Jetta
Sep 17, 2005 (9:05 pm)
Honda raised prices of the Civic while Volkswagen reduced them on certain Jettas, to where the prices of these premium compacts overlap. Meanwhile, the exterior and most interior dimensions of both have increased. The Civic excels in fuel economy and reliability whereas the Jetta generally scores at or near the top in driving dynamics and interior design.
Which of these two do you prefer?
#2 of 498 Re: '06 Civic vs. Jetta [hpmctorque]
Sep 18, 2005 (12:55 pm)
Hondas also excel in reliability. Volkswagens have been abysmal in comparison for the past decade.
#4 of 498 Re: '06 Civic vs. Jetta [blane]
Sep 19, 2005 (5:49 pm)
I watched for the introduction of the new Jetta and Civic. I finally drove both this weekend. I have driven various Jettas since 85 and finishing a 96 up at 182,000. Both are great vehicles. I like the mileage of the Civic and I think it is more quiet than the Jetta. The trunk on the Jetta has always been a big factor since it is bigger than the civic and the Accord. My 11 year old son loves the trunk opener on the new Passat. They need to put that on the Jetta. The Jetta is a couple thousand over priced. I hear that VW has pulled several items off of the trim level 1 and moved it to higher trim models on the 06. Big mistake. The Jetta 5 cylinder is noisy. Seating position in the Jetta is better. Good luck!
Sep 19, 2005 (5:59 pm)
Did you test automatics or manuals? Which one was more fun to drive?
Also, how has the reliability and repair expenses been on your Jettas?
#6 of 498 Re: cardog... [hpmctorque]
Sep 19, 2005 (6:18 pm)
I drove the automatics. I gave up standards long ago. I know they are more fun though. My Rabbit was a stick and it was as fun as my old bug. The Jetta and Civic both have 5 speed automatics. I haven't had too many problems with my Jetta's but agree that they are more problematic than Honda's. VW just can't keep up with Honda engine technology. VW couldn't squeeze any more hp out their 4 cylinder so they added one. My wife likes leather and that is the only downfall of the Civic. I have stayed with VW partly because of a great service manager at my dealership. I am looking for mileage so I will most likely be parting ways with VW.
Sep 20, 2005 (3:49 am)
" I am looking for mileage so I will most likely be parting ways with VW."
The Civic's (30/40 mpg) fuel economy is truly impressive, whereas the VW 2.5's is somewhat disappointing. But, then, the TDI engine trumps the Civic, although there are tradeoffs with the diesel. Also, the Civic costs considerably less than the TDI Jetta.
#8 of 498 Re: cardog... [hpmctorque]
Sep 20, 2005 (4:30 am)
I test drove both. My family has had civics and accords mostly and I feel they are great cars. But the problem is that they are just plain cars, no snazz to them. The jetta outta the lot was just a thrill ride from the start. I tried both out in manual and the jetta wins hands down. More power, smoother ride, better handling. I even like the interior better and the jettas have a higher safety rating, 6 airbags and standard ABS.
To get the civic with all the options of the standard jetta would actually put the civic higher in price. I picked up the VE 2.5 which is practically a steal. Huge trunk, options galor, fun to drive, roomy, comforatble, and got power. I hope it's pretty reliable, havent had it too long.
If you want a car you can drive forever thats cheap to maintain and cheap on gas, go with the civic. If you want a fun car that's got pep, power, and comfort than try out the jettas. Both are good cars, its just your preference on what you want.
#9 of 498 Re: '06 Civic vs. Jetta [blane]
Sep 20, 2005 (4:39 am)
> The Civic excels in fuel economy and reliability whereas the Jetta generally scores at or near the top in driving dynamics and interior design.
> Hondas also excel in reliability. Volkswagens have been abysmal in comparison for the past decade.
I'm sorry - did I miss the word reliability in the first statement? Time for me to get my eyes checked....
#10 of 498 Re: cardog... [lore]
Sep 20, 2005 (9:56 am)
With the pricing of the New Jetta, I really don't think these two cars are in the same ballpark; the Jetta is more expensive. Also, there are a few things that can't be had on a Civic, which are present on a Jetta.
The Civic price increase has been minimal, while as VW went for the Accord/Camry 4 price range for the Jetta.
As for crash tests, the 06 Civic hasn't been tested yet (IMO), so we would have to wait for those.