2011 Toyota
Corolla
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

9.8

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Power windows
Standard
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Power locks
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
2011 Toyota Corolla

9.2

Runner-up

Toyota Corolla

starting from

$16,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Cramped front seats
51.3 ft3
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Plenty of cupholders
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • The Corolla has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • The Jetta TDI needs around 20% less space to stop from 60mph, 113 ft vs 136 ft
  • The Jetta TDI can go more than 10% faster than the Corolla , 130 mph vs 115 mph
  • Almost the same, 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • Almost the same
  • The Jetta TDI has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla 's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 20.7 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 35.4 ft vs 36.4 ft
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,205 cheaper (more than 30% less), $16,660 vs $24,865
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 609 miles vs 462 miles
  • Almost the same
  • Room for around 30% more stuff, 15.5 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Jetta TDI's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Jetta TDI; not available on the Corolla
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Jetta TDI
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Jetta TDI

Road Tests

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The Jetta TDI's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs 136 ft The Jetta TDI has above average braking ability, but the Corolla is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph The Jetta TDI's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Corolla 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.83 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 130 mph vs 115 mph The Jetta TDI's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla is just OK

Entertainment System

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Corolla 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Jetta TDI does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Jetta TDI's semi-automatic transmission and the Corolla 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Jetta TDI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.9 lb/hp vs 20.7 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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MSRP $24,865 vs $16,660 The Corolla has a great price and the Jetta TDI is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 28 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Practicality

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 609 miles vs 462 miles The Jetta TDI gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Corolla gets OK distance
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Jetta TDI offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Corolla
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Corolla has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Toyota Corolla Toyota
Corolla
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Unknown vs Drum
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Volkswagen Golf Jetta TDI vs Golf
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Ford Fusion SE Jetta TDI vs Fusion SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Camry SE Jetta TDI vs Camry SE
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