2010 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Its Competition

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-door Auto S *Ltd Avail* Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Mazda3 and Kia Forte are probably the most direct rivals for the Jetta.

Both the Mazda and Kia are redesigned for 2010, and they make the VW seem a little dated, but its ahead-of-its-time interior still stands up well today.

Also, the Mazda3 and the Forte aren't offered in wagon form, but the Mazda3 can be had as a five-door hatchback and the Forte is available in new Koup form.

The Mazda is definitely the best handler in the group, but the Kia stands out for having an especially nice, roomy interior and good fuel economy.

The Honda Civic Hybrid is a good alternative to the TDI version of the Jetta, achieving fuel economy that's better than the TDI in the city.

Another rival is the Impreza, which comes as a roomy sedan or hatchback, with a comfortable ride and good handling; all-wheel drive is standard on the Impreza.

The Ford Fusion (and Ford Fusion Hybrid) is a slight step up in size; it has a nicely creased style, available all-wheel drive, and a big V-6 engine, though its base four-cylinder engine is just fine.

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8.0
"Farfegnugen" no longer applies to the entire 2010 Volkswagen Jetta line, but with an excellent interior and an available TDI engine, the Jetta sedan or SportWagen makes a lot of sense for budget-conscious or even eco-conscious families.
8.8
If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.
8.0
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down.
8.4
Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting.
7.2
With its standard all-wheel-drive system, the 2010 Subaru Impreza automatically has a leg up over many of its rivals in the small car segment. Throw in its strong performance and safety credentials and the Subaru is hard to beat.
MSRP From    
$17,605$19,695$13,695$15,345$17,495
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-Cyl
EPA Class    
CompactMid-Size SedanMidsizeCompactSub-Compact
Style Name    
4-Door Manual Limited4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Manual 2.5i
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sedan4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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