In the compact car segment, there are several very interesting creations. In fact, there are no bad buys, but there is one model that represents a better buy. It is, of course, the Honda Civic.
Here are a few things to say about it.
Two body styles
The Civic is available in sedan and hatchback configurations, unlike the Jetta, which is only available in a 4-door approach. For those looking for versatility, there's only one choice.
Forget about the performance versions of the two models (GLI for Volkswagen, Si and Type R for Honda), there is one more engine with the Civic, which translates into more choice for the consumer. The former is a little less powerful (2.0-liter 4-cylinder offering 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque versus a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder offering 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque), but the latter is more powerful (1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque)
Out of 26 companies analyzed by Consumer Reports magazine for overall reliability, Honda ranked 5th last year. And Volkswagen? 24th.
Behind the wheel, the Jetta has always been a fun car to drive. It used to be more interesting in this respect than the Civic. However, with the new generation of the latter, Volkswagen no longer has the upper hand. The 2022 Civic is that much more sensational to drive.
Finally, another thing that leans in favor of the Honda Civic is its resale value. The buyer who leases a model benefits when negotiating, but also when reselling. On the market, a Honda Civic quickly finds a buyer, especially because of the high reliability it offers.
If you were hesitating between the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Jetta, these arguments are only the tip of the iceberg. The best buy is the latter.