Volkswagen Jetta vs. Nissan Sentra

Volkswagen Jetta

Nissan Sentra

At a Glance: VW Jetta vs. Sentra

VW Jetta

So, you’re looking for a smaller, more affordable sedan, but you don’t want to sacrifice any of the important amenities or performance specs. Livonia, and Dearborn, MI drivers still have plenty of vehicles to choose from—but which one offers the most robust package?

In this comparison, the LaFontaine Volkswagen Livonia team is going to examine two of the most well-known small sedans: the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Nissan Sentra.



158 HP | 149 HP
VW Jetta vs Sentra



8" | 4.2"
VW Jetta vs Sentra



Available | N/A
VW Jetta vs Sentra

See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Volkswagen Jetta compares to the Nissan Sentra.


Volkswagen Jetta

From family trips to work commutes, you’ll be spending quite a bit of time behind the wheel. Why not turn on your favorite song and sing along? With plenty of technology features inside their cabins, the VW Jetta and the Nissan Sentra are perfect for your rides.

Fun & Exciting Entertainment Technology

Each of these stylish sedans includes a dashboard-mounted touchscreen display that drivers can use to choose their favorite songs, artists, or stations from the road. In fact, both models can be upgraded to an 8-inch screen.

Both vehicles offer Bluetooth® technology for hands-free phone calls and audio streaming, USB and auxiliary inputs for portable devices, and respective AM/FM radios. The VW Jetta includes the Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, which is a system that integrates the paired smartphone into the vehicle’s touchscreen, making it easier for the driver to access some of their phone’s apps, features, and even contacts.

Driver Assistance

In addition to the entertainment options, these models also have technology that will make your drive easier. For instance, the VW Jetta comes standard with the VW Digital Cockpit, which displays all your driving information in high resolution on an 8-inch screen. This can also be upgraded to a larger 10.25-inch screen.

While the Nissan Sentra has a feature like the digital cockpit, it doesn’t quite compare at just 4.2 inches.



Volkswagen Jetta

When it comes to power and efficiency, the VW Jetta and the Nissan Sentra can do both. When most people think of a smaller sedan, they think of less power, too. That’s not the case with these models. Let’s take a look at their performance specifications.

Pure Power

The Volkswagen Jetta packs a noticeable punch. Thanks to its turbocharged and intercooled 1.5L inline 4-cylinder engine, the VW Jetta can generate 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Meanwhile, the Nissan Sentra 4-cylinder falls short, producing only 149 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, clearly showing the VW Jetta generates more output with its turbocharged engine.


Sedans are known for their efficiency, and these two models are proof of that. The VW Jetta has an EPA-estimated 29 city/42 highway MPG, which will help you save on fuel.* In comparison, the Nissan Sentra offers an EPA-estimated 29 city/39 highway MPG.

While city drivers may find similar performances from the VW Jetta and the Nissan Sentra, the same can’t be said for highway trips. If you’re looking to have fewer pit stops, the VW Jetta is the better option.



Volkswagen Jetta

Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? Without compromising on their performance and compact size, these sedans still offer a very comfortable interior. With various amenities and customization options, you can sit back and relax.

Interior Comforts

In terms of interior space and styling, the Volkswagen Jetta and the Nissan Sentra do have a few similarities. Both vehicles feature comfortable 6-way adjustable driver’s seats with cloth seating, which allow for drivers to adjust to their perfect position.

Plus, they both offer 2-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats. However, rear-seat passengers will only get to enjoy available heated seats in the VW Jetta. The Sentra limits this feature to just the front row.


The cabins of these respective sedans offer more than 90 cubic feet of space for the five passengers they’re each equipped to carry. Both vehicles offer similar room for their passengers.

However, when you look toward the rear row, you’ll notice a bit of a difference. The VW Jetta provides more headroom for its rear passengers with 37.4 inches, while the Nissan Sentra only offers 34.7 inches to its rear passengers.


Don’t Settle for Less

Volkswagen Jetta

At LaFontaine Volkswagen Livonia, we understand how important it is to get your money’s worth—and the 2023 VW Jetta is bound to impress you throughout the years and the miles!

To see this stellar sedan for yourself and experience it firsthand, why not stop in for a test drive? We’re happy to help all Livonia, and Dearborn, MI drivers get behind the wheel of the vehicle they want!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 VW Jetta for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*29 city/42 highway mpg (2023 Jetta 1.5L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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