2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Ford Focus

2018 Volkswagen Jetta driving down a city street

If you’re in the market for a new sedan, two common recommendations are the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2018 Ford Focus. Wondering which option is the best fit for you? To help you decide between the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta vs the 2018 Ford Focus, we’ve put together a comparison of the two’s performance, features and fuel economy.

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta’s available features are more consolidated than the 2018 Focus. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is available in six trim levels: S, Wolfsburg Edition, SE, SE Sport, SEL and GLI. The 2018 Ford Focus’ features are spread more thin across seven: S, SE, SEL, Titanium, Electric, ST and RS.

2018 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Ford Focus

210 Maximum Horsepower 160
207 ft-lbs. Maximum Torque 184 ft-lbs.
406/551 miles Travel Range 372/496 miles
28/38 mpg Fuel Economy (City/Highway) 25/34 mpg

2018 VW Jetta Engine Performance & Efficiency

Both the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2018 Ford Focus offer multiple engine options for drivers to choose from. However, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta’s available engines are, on average, more powerful than the offerings found in the 2018 Ford Focus. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta can generate 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, while the 2018 Ford Focus can only generate about 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is more fuel efficient than the 2018 Ford Focus, as well. The Environmental Protection Agency rated the 2018 Jetta for 28 miles per gallon in city driving conditions and 38 miles per gallon on the highway, while the 2018 Focus was rated for 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon for highway travel.

2018 Volkswagen Jetta safety features include: Child seat anchors, post-collision safety system, an engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, stability control, emergency braking assistance, rear door child safety locks, tire pressure monitoring and traction control.