2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2020 Nissan Sentra

For those in the market for a sedan built for the new decade, the Volkswagen Jetta and Nissan Sentra are at varying degrees off the beaten path, but neither should be ignored. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta rolls out one year slightly improved over the 2019 redesign. Its design speaks of reliability, tradition, and security. On the Nissan side, the Sentra hits the new decade with sporty style and the familiar Nissan grille border.

Regardless of appearance, the real value comes from what’s under the hood, how the cabin feels, and the kind of features drivers and passengers have access to. Neither of the two sedans leaves people inside without the kind of amenities they expect in a compact sedan, but which one provides the best overall driving experience? The best way to find that out is to get into the details and compare them against each other. The table below refers to available features and figures for the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2020 Nissan Sentra.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta 


2020 Nissan Sentra 

1.4L Inline 4-Cylinder Turbocharged  Engine 2.0L Inline 4-Cylinder 
147 Horsepower 149
34 Fuel Economy (MPG, Combined)  33
184  Torque (lb-ft)  145

Interior Comparison

Inside, the vehicles look as different as they do on the outside. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta offers a conservative, comfortable sedan experience with a taste of luxury, especially with available ambient LED lighting. The infotainment screen is set high and at hand-height for quick access off the steering wheel. The Nissan Sentra has one attention-stealing feature, circular heating/AC fans that call to mind jet turbines and sets a performance tone that echoes from the dashboard down to the shifter. The infotainment screen in the Sentra sticks out on the upper half, which looks trendy but perhaps fragile. In the Jetta, the infotainment screen looks far more secure and integrated.

Comparison Analysis

Overall, the 2020 Nissan Sentra, although fun-looking, doesn’t give a strong impression that it will hold up as well over time as the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. The reliable 2020 Volkswagen Jetta brings in plenty of exciting new technology that drivers can use, instead of spending that effort on fancy flourishes. Greater torque from the Jetta exceeds the slight disadvantage in horsepower, an advantage made sweeter through better fuel economy. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a wise choice of sedan for smart shoppers that are more worried about value-for-money than looks.