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2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Review

New 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet
Sonic

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New 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta

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MSRP*
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$16,720 to $20,720
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$18,995 to $28,045
Invoice* $16,118 to $19,974 $18,235 to $26,924
MPG - City 26 29 - 30
MPG - Hwy 34 39 - 41
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta than the Chevrolet Sonic, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta, the Chevrolet Sonic may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Jetta you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Chevrolet Sonic, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Sonic is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Jetta. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Sonic carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Sonic is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Jetta, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Chevrolet Sonic, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Jetta.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Chevrolet Sonic doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Jetta.

Handling
The Chevrolet Sonic has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Chevrolet Sonic has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Jetta, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Sonic and the Volkswagen Jetta. The Chevrolet Sonic has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Sonic is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Jetta.