At $10,000 less than the Volvo S40 and V50, the Jetta may provide the most value in this class, thanks to a five-cylinder engine that gives the Volvo 2.4-liter mill some stiff competition.
The Jetta, both the sedan and wagon, also offers a roomier backseat and matching features.
A much more affordable alternative is the Subaru Impreza.
In its base 2.5i form, it comes with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine similar to the base five in the Volvo.
All things considered, the sporty Impreza WRX model offers performance that rivals the T5, at a lower price.
The Saab 9-3 is another alternative, bringing good, sharp handling and decent performance, but its ride can be choppy and its interior isn’t especially roomy.
The Acura TSX, which includes the superior service of Acura dealerships, has especially nimble handling, a good ride, and impressive fuel efficiency, but its backseat is somewhat cramped.
However, the Acura, along with the Audi A4, is pricier than the Volvos.
It must also be noted that if safety is a priority, the S40 and V50 are unmatched in this segment of cars.
|2010 Volvo S40Browse Used Listings||2010 Acura TSXBrowse Used Listings||2010 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2010 Saab 9-3Browse Used Listings||2007 Volkswagen JettaBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||N/A|
|4-Door Sedan Manual FWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan||N/A|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||N/A|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||N/A|