2020 Corolla vs 2020 Jetta

2020 Toyota Corolla vs 2020 Volkswagen Jetta

If you’re looking for an economical car, it can often feel like your choices are slim. Luckily, there are a few auto manufacturers that make high-quality, affordable vehicles. Today, we’ll compare a couple of them to see which is worthy of your hard-earned dollar.

Here’s our comparison of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan SE and the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta SE.

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan SE


2020 Volkswagen Jetta SE




2.0L 4-cyl


1.4L turbo 4-cyl

169 hp / 151 lb-ft

Horsepower / Torque

147 hp / 184 lb-ft

CVT of 6-speed manual


8-speed shiftable automatic





Fuel Economy



New Small Sedan in Palatine, IL

Comfortable Interior

While the 2020 Jetta has leatherette seats, the rest of the interior is full of hard, scratchy plastics. While we don’t expect a vehicle at this price point to have premium construction, the interior materials of the Jetta feel particularly cheap. The 2020 Corolla, on the other hand, has soft-touch plastics that are nice on the eyes and the fingers. Similarly, the Corolla has an excellent and ergonomic control scheme; buttons are logically grouped together, with enough of them that each serves a singular purpose, but not so many that cockpit is busy or confusing.

2020 Corolla cockpit showcase
2020 Corolla in a parking garage; side view

Better Fuel Economy

You might be looking at the above numbers and thinking that a difference of one mpg isn’t really enough to qualify as “better fuel economy.” You’d be right if it weren’t for one thing: the 2020 Corolla can be purchased as a hybrid. The hybrid has superior fuel economy is every way, with its mpg spread coming out to 53/52/52. The 2020 Jetta doesn’t have a hybrid option, so what you see is what you get.

2020 Corolla in parking garage; rear view

Interested in the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan? Come take one for a test drive here at Arlington Toyota in Palatine, IL.

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