Volkswagen Jetta vs Toyota Corolla

Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2021 Toyota Corolla provide drivers with the capabilities to navigate their routines in a sedan. Which one is the best fit for your lifestyle?

If you live near Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, or Harrisburg, PA, you can read more about both cars below. The team at Faulkner Volkswagen has prepared a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla comparison guide to help you choose the right vehicle. Start with watching our comparison video!

2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla Quick Facts

2021 VW Jetta


2021 Toyota Corolla

184.4 lb-ft

Maximum Torque

151 lb-ft

30 city/41 highway MPG¹

Standard Trim MPG

30 city/38 highway MPG



Not Available


Sirius XM with 360L 

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Volkswagen Jetta vs. Toyota Corolla: Performance

Volkswagen Jetta vs Toyota CorollaDrivers need power to get the most out of their car. Why? A stronger performance helps your vehicle climb hills and accelerate faster.

Which car gives you more power? The VW Jetta. The standard trim—the VW Jetta S—sets a vigorous baseline performance for the lineup. Its 1.4L TSI® 16-valve DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine reaches 184.4 lb-ft of torque.

This torque rating is stronger than you’ll find in any of the nine trims of the Toyota Corolla. Both the XSE and the XSE Apex Edition trims, for example, have a 2.0L 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine that peaks at just 151 lb-ft of torque.

The end result? The increased torque of the VW Jetta creates an easier experience for drivers, as they can:

  • Easily travel up inclines
  • Accelerate faster
  • Carry heavier loads, including more passengers

This is especially true as you ascend the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania in an engine that packs more power. The VW Jetta provides greater performance value by delivering more torque than the Toyota Corolla.

Which Commuter Car Is More Efficient?

Finding an efficient routine is important. Running errands with fewer stops for gas creates more “me time.” You’ll be able to travel more efficiently in the 2021 VW Jetta than in the Toyota Corolla.

If you often travel on the highway, you’ll find an edge in efficiency in the VW Jetta. The sedan’s peak MPG rating is an EPA-estimated 30 city/41 highway MPG.¹ You’ll find that rating in a 2021 VW Jetta S guided by a 6-speed manual transmission.

This is more efficient overall fuel economy than in the traditional gas-powered trims of the Toyota Corolla. The highest trim of the 2021 Corolla, the XSE Apex Edition, only reaches an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 30 city/38 highway MPG.

In addition to its engine, the VW Jetta S incorporates efficiency into its design with economical engineering features, including:

  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Electromechanical power steering with variable assistance

The 6-speed manual transmission in the standard trims of the VW Jetta provides drivers with a smooth and efficient experience. If you prefer not to drive a stick, the pedal power of an automatic transmission is also available in the VW Jetta.

You won’t have to choose between efficiency and power with the VW Jetta. With a frame engineered for efficiency and a design that produces more power, the VW Jetta creates a blended driving experience.

Which Creates a More Convenient Drive?

Volkswagen Jetta vs Toyota CorollaBoth the 2021 VW Jetta and the Toyota Corolla are safe vehicles. They are outfitted with available safety features, like Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist. These driver assistance features lend assurance to your commutes and your long getaways.

The 2021 VW Jetta, however, lets you enjoy its safety via a convenient mobile app. Volkswagen Car-Net® puts an array of features at your fingertips, including:

  • Remote commands
  • Family Guardian Alerts
  • DriveView
  • Parking info
  • VW Car-Net® Hotspot

Family Guardian Alerts give parents peace of mind. You’ll know if someone else is driving your VW Jetta. Plus, the VW Car-Net® app activates your in-vehicle Wi-Fi Hotspot. Up to four devices can connect to the hotspot. This enables your family to stay in touch and entertained as you take a long road trip.

Are you teaching a young driver in the VW Jetta? Parents can set up a speed alert or a curfew alert to get a report card on their teen drivers. This lets them drive with the feeling of independence while it gives you a little peace of mind while they are out. The VW Car-Net® app affords families unique confidence in their vehicles.

Which Sedan Has a More Accommodating Interior?

Drivers stay comfortable in both the VW Jetta and the Toyota Corolla. Which one has the technology to turn your commute into a relaxing trip? The 2021 VW Jetta has more infotainment features than the 2021 Toyota Corolla.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla offers a collection of apps that lets you connect to your music. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® help you access podcasts, music, and more. You also have a 3-month trial of SiriusXM® All Access.

The 2021 VW Jetta also allows you to sync your devices via your preferred brand of technology. In addition to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, the VE Jetta also offers a 3-month Sirius XM® All Access trial subscription.

However, the VW Jetta presents more robust in-vehicle technology, including:

  • VW CarNet®
  • Available Sirius XM with 360L
  • Available BeatsAudio®

With available Sirius XM with 360L and BeatsAudio®, VW Jetta drivers can enjoy a musical experience that provide a diverse soundtrack to your vacations and your commutes. In addition to the ability to tap into music and talk radio, you’ll feel like you are in a recording studio with BeatsAudio®.

Offering a quality driving and riding experience, the 2021 VW Jetta has infotainment advantages that are not present in the 2021 Toyota Corolla.

How can you get a feel for this convenience and performance in person?

Schedule a VW Jetta Test Drive

While the Toyota Corolla is a reliable commuter car, the 2021 VW Jetta is designed to accommodate a broader range of lifestyles. Check out the VW Jetta to see how it fits into your driving routine.

Drivers who live near Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, can stop by Faulkner Volkswagen.

Contact our team to schedule a test drive.


¹ 30 city/41 highway mpg (2021 Jetta 1.4L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.




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