Toyota Corolla is one of the few cars that has done gobally well in the premium sedan market. In India too the car got an overwhelming response and has been a favourite among the Indian buyers. The latest iteration of the car sells by the name – Corolla Altis and has decent response ever since it has been launched. The Volkwagen Jetta is the latest car to receive a facelift and it competes against the likes of other premium sedans.
We do a specification comparison of the Toyota Corolla Altis with the Volkswagen Jetta and find out the strong and weak points of the cars. The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Corolla Altis VS AT petrol with the Jetta 1.4 TSI Comfortline and Toyota Corolla D 4D GL diesel with the Jetta 2.0 TDI Highline.
Toyota Corolla Altis Vs Volkswagen Jetta (Design and Exteriors)
The new Toyota Corolla has the all new front face and is very striking. Overall too, the car now looks very sportier as compared to the previous generations Corolla. The car now comes with clear lamps and automatic daytime running LEDs. The dual fog lamps have been nicely integrated in the front bumper. The car comes with neatly designed 16" alloy wheels and turn indicators which have been nicely integrated in the side view mirrors. This along with swept back clear lens headlamps makes the side look great. The rear of the car too, looks distinctive and neatly designed. The newly designed wide LED combination lamps along with chrome garnish at rear look great in their place.
The Volkswagen Jetta looks somewhat understated in comparison to the Corolla Altis but by no means we can call it Bland. The aesthetics of the car are in entire different realm and are much more appealing. The car looks simply sharp from the front. The Xenon headlamps on the new car have been neatly designed and carry a lot of detail. The horizontally slatted grill and flush design of the bumper further enhance the understated design philosophy that we see elsewhere on the car. The side profile of the car and rear section too look unassuming and uncomplicated in terms of design.
Toyota Corolla Altis Vs Volkswagen Jetta (Interiors and Features)
The Corolla Altis comes loaded with comfort and convenience features. The sedan features a carbon piano black instrument panel cluster at the centre which houses a 7 inch LCD display. The 3-spoke leather strapped steering wheel comes with volume and other controls mounted on it. The boot space is huge too at 470 litres which can swallow many large suitcases easily.
The Toyota Corolla Altis gets rear reclining seats which is the first in this segment. For infotainment, you get a 7 inch LCD touch screen with voice command enabled audio with USB, Bluetooth, audio and navigation system. In addition, top-notch features like cruise control, paddle shifters, Eco driving indicator, push start/stop button, rear reading lamp, rear sunshade, are also on offer. Some of these features are present only on the top petrol variant though.
Interiors of the Jetta are functional and offers controls which are precisely placed. The seats at the front are flat and firm and the driving position feels perfectly right. The central console systems is oriented towards the driver and the other switches located on the multifunctional display are clearly visible. The cabin is dual toned in beige and black with seats stitched in leatherette ‘Corn silk Beige’ fabric.
Comfort features include auto climate control, an advance stereo system with 6-CD changer along with 8 speakers, SD Card/USB and Aux-In interface. You get a huge 510 litres of boot which is great for storing lots of luggage. The seats at the rear are 60:40 split seats which give an added advantage.
Toyota Corolla Altis Vs Volkswagen Jetta (Engine and Transmission)
The petrol variant of the Corolla comes with a 1.8litre (1798cc) 16-valve dual VVT-I petrol motor, which churns out a maximum power output of 138bhp at 6400rpm and a peak torque of 173Nm at 4000rpm. The engine comes coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox on mid and lower variants and the top variant gets a CVT-i with 7-speed sequential shiftmatic automatic transmission. The diesel variants are powered by a 1.4litre (1364cc) engine that comes with a variable nozzle turbo and intercooler. The diesel motor generates maximum power of 87bhp at 3800rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm between 1800-2800rpm. The diesel engine comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Volkswagen Jetta diesel comes with a 2litre (1968cc) 4 cylinder common rail motor. The motor produces a maximum power output of 138bhp at 4200rpm and peak torque of 320Nm between 1750-2500rpm. The engine comes coupled with 6-speed manual transmission on lower and mid variants. The top variant comes with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission.
The petrol motor on Jetta is 1.4litre(1390cc) capacity churns out a maximum power of 120bhp at 5000rpm and 200Nm of peak torque between 1500-4000rpm. The engine comes coupled with 6-speed manual transmission system.
Toyota Corolla Altis Vs Volkswagen Jetta (Safety features and Mileage)
The Corolla Altis comes with ventilated discs at front and solid discs at rear. The braking system is complemented by advance safety features – ABS (Antilock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist) which is standard across all variants. You also get dual front SRS airbags, rear fog lamps and a rear camera. Three point ELR seatbelts, wireless door lock with smart entry, immobilizer & alarm, and driver side one touch up/down with jam protection windows come as standard too.
The Jetta comes with disc brakes at front and rear wheels. The ABS and the brake assist feature further enhance the safety of the car. Volkswagen Jetta is one of the cars that is known for its safety features. It boasts of impressive safety features like dual front airbags, side airbags, hill hold control, three-point seat belts, anti-slip regulation with electronic differential lock, engine and transmission guard.
The Corolla Altis automatic petrol variant delivers a promising fuel economy of 14.53kmpl while the manual diesel variant delivers 21.43kmpl. These are highway mileage figures, the figures may drop in city conditions. The automatic variant of the Jetta diesel delivers 16.96kmpl on highway and the manual petrol variant delivers 14.69kmpl on the highway.
The clear winner for us in this specification comparison is the Volkswagen Jetta. The design of the interiors and exteriors of this car, put together, speak a language that is in ‘Harmony’ and it lends this car a very strong character. The car is indeed a little more expensive than the Corolla Altis and has its flaws like low fuel efficieny when put in comparison.
The Corolla on the other hand has proved itself time and again, world over with its flawless reliability. Even though the car has exquisitely designed exteriors and interiors are extremely well equipped too, it just feels like coupled together with old engine technology, they speak a language that is hard to comprehend.
Watch comprehensive video review of the Toyota Corolla Altis below