2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Ford Focus

Compact cars are some of the most popular models on the road—very affordable, with good fuel economy, they’re a great option for drivers who don’t need extra. And two of the most popular compact sedans on the market are the Jetta and the Ford Focus. It you’re considering the latter, here’s some food for thought.

Drivetrain Comparison

Compared to the 2018 Ford Focus, the 2018 VW Jetta’s turbocharged engine delivers more torque and better fuel economy.

2018 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Ford Focus

1.4L Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.0L I-4
150 HP/ 184 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 160 HP/ 146 LB-FT
5-Speed Manual Standard Transmission 5-Speed Manual
28 MPG City/ 40 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 25 MPG City/ 34 MPG HWY

Despite a slightly lower overall horsepower rating, the 2018 Jetta’s 1.4L turbocharged engine provides substantially more torque and gets substantially better gas mileage doing it. Plus, Jetta can be equipped with a 1.8L turbo four, cranking out out 170 horsepower and averaging a combined 28 MPG, while the 2018 Focus’ 2.0L I-5 engine upgrade only produces 160 horsepower.

More convenience

It’s also worth looking at the convenience features of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta:

  • Halogen LED Headlights
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Heated Seats
  • V-Tex Leatherette Upholstery
  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Fender® Premium Audio System
  • Premium Color Multifunction Display
  • 6-Speed DSG® Performance Transmission
  • Heated Seats
  • VW Car-Net® Guide & Inform
  • 6 yr. / 72,000 mi. People First Warranty
  • Power Tilting / Sliding Sunroof
  • Rear View Camera System
  • And more!

More practical

The 2018 VW Jetta and the 2018 Ford Focus both seat five people, but the 2018 VW Jetta provides 94 cubic feet of passenger space compared to 90 cubic feet in the 2018 Focus. That may not seem like much of a difference, but those extra cubic inches are where peoples’ elbows, knees and necks fit. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta also features a standard 5” Color Touchscreen Display. The touchscreen in 2018 Focus is only 4.2”—again, it doesn’t seem like much, but when you’re taking your eyes off the road you don’t want to be squinting to see.

Overall, with a more powerful and efficient drivetrain and better interior space and standard equipment, we think you’ll agree it’s easy to choose the the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta over the 2018 Ford Focus. You can experience everything that the 2018 VW Jetta has to offer when you choose one from our inventory and take it for a test drive at Autohaus Lancaster Volkswagen in Lancaster, PA.