Why is the Golf more expensive than the Jetta?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, FAQs, Model Information, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 7:13 pm
Blue 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and white 2019 Volkswagen Golf, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

Cost of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Vs. 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta are both excellent machines, but one element has confused some buyers: price. Though the 2019 Volkswagen Golf is smaller than the 2019 Jetta, it has a starting cost that’s nearly $3,000 higher. In the United States, where bigger is often equated to better, this has caused some disturbance. So why is the 2019 Golf more expensive than the 2019 Jetta?

Manufacturing Location

There are two main reasons for the price difference between the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, which has a starting MSRP of $18,745, and the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, which has a starting MSRP of $21,185.  The first is manufacturing location: the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is assembled in Mexico, while all models of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf are assembled in Germany.

Building a vehicle in Mexico is cheaper, as is shipping the vehicle from there to the United States. Building a vehicle in Germany is more expensive but is associated by some with higher quality as this construction occurs at the main Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg. Shipping a vehicle from Germany to the U.S. is also of course more expensive.

Smooth, upscale interior of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf.

Interior Quality

The second reason is interior quality on the base models. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is outfitted with soft touch materials for a more luxurious experience. The layout is highly attractive.

The materials inside the Volkswagen Jetta have improved for the 2019 model year but are still not quite as top-notch as those of the Golf. There are more hard plastics to be found amidst the materials, which are cheaper but not as aesthetically pleasant to some.

Higher Specs on the Base

The base model of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf is more highly outfitted in general than that of the 2019 Jetta. The 2019 Jetta gets much closer in pricing when one adjusts the specs to be more even between the two vehicles. For 2019, both come with the same standard turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It makes 147 horsepower.




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