2020 Volkswagen Golf vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Comparison Cerritos, CA

Your choice of car says a lot about you. That's why each car Volkswagen makes is designed to meet specific needs and styles. In particular, the Golf hatchback and the Jetta sedan both prove that small, practical cars can also be lots of fun. Choosing between them isn't always easy, but we're here to help! On this page, you'll see how the 2020 Volkswagen Golf compares to the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. Of course, we also invite you to try them both out for yourself at our dealership!

2020 Volkswagen Golf vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

VW Golf vs Jetta: Design & Space

We've mentioned that the Jetta is a sedan and the Golf is a hatchback. If you have a strong preference for one over the other, your decision just got a lot easier! If not, this paragraph will help you figure out some of the pros of each. The Jetta has slightly more room for your passengers: 94.7 cubic feet, compared to the 93.5 cubic feet you'll get in the VW Golf. However, the Golf has considerably more cargo volume. Behind the rear seats, its cargo capacity is 22.8 cubic feet! That's not to say that the 14.1-cubic-foot trunk of the 2020 Jetta isn't roomy--it's just not quite as spacious as the Golf. The Jetta also has a larger footprint than the Golf: they're the same width, but the 2020 Jetta is seventeen-and-a-half inches longer.

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2020 Volkswagen Golf vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

VW Golf vs Jetta: Exterior & Interior Features

Another key difference between these two cars is that the 2020 VW Jetta lets you choose between five trim levels, while the VW Golf has just one fully-loaded trim, the TSI. This means that the Golf has some standard features that are available upgrades only in the Jetta, but the Jetta also has more upscale options. Take the exterior, for example. LED headlights are standard on the 2020 Jetta, and you can add available features like a panoramic moonroof and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. None of these features are available on the 2020 Golf. Choosing the Golf also means that you'll get interior design features like V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces and heated front seats. These are available upgrades only in the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. However, the Jetta does give you even more choices at higher trim levels, including 10-color ambient lighting, Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats, and genuine leather seating surfaces.

VW Golf vs Jetta: Infotainment

Though both cars have a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf comes with 6-speaker sound system. Choose the entry-level Volkswagen Jetta and you'll get four speakers. However, the Jetta does offer an available BeatsAudio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer, which the Golf lacks. You can also choose an available 8-inch touchscreen with navigation in the Jetta, but not in the Golf.

2020 Volkswagen Golf vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Features

VW Golf vs Jetta: Performance

When it comes to performance, the Jetta and the Golf are remarkably similar. Both benefit from a turbocharged engine that generates an impressive 184 pound-feet of torque. However, the Volkswagen Jetta does get better gas mileage: up to 40 miles per gallon. Still, with up to 36 mpg, the Volkswagen Golf still has impressive fuel efficiency.

VW Golf vs Jetta: Driver Assistance Technology

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with Front Assist. This system includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (with Pedestrian Monitoring) features. You'll also get a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert with the 2020 Golf. These features are optional upgrades in the 2020 Jetta. However, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta does offer some available features you won't find in the Golf, including adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping system, and high beam control.

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VW Golf vs Jetta: Value

The Volkswagen Golf does have a higher starting MSRP than the Volkswagen Jetta, but these cars both provide exceptional value. Still unsure about which one best fits your style? Come check them both out in person at McKenna Volkswagen in Cerritos!

2020 Volkswagen Golf2020 Volkswagen Jetta
$23,195Starting MSRP*$18,895
HatchbackBody StyleSedan
147 Horsepower / 184 lb-ft TorqueEngine Power147 Horsepower / 184 lb-ft Torque
53.7 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume14.1 Cubic Feet
35.6"Rear Legroom37.4"
V-Tex LeatheretteStandard UpholsteryCloth
Not AvailableGenuine Leather UpholsteryAvailable
StandardPanoramic SunroofAvailable
StandardAutonomous Emergency BrakingAvailable

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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