Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Fusion inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Jetta doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Active Braking optional in the Fusion as “Superior.” The Jetta scores only 2 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Fusion offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Jetta doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Jetta doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Jetta doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the Jetta have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Volkswagen Jetta:

 

Fusion

Jetta

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

125

230

Neck Injury Risk

28%

32%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

342 lbs.

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

87 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

734/639 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Volkswagen Jetta:

 

Fusion

Jetta

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

74

112

Hip Force

277 lbs.

321 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

225

423

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

597 lbs.

720 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Fusion’s reliability will be 30% better than the Jetta.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the Jetta:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Jetta 1.4T 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

150 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Jetta 1.8T SEL 1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Jetta GLI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

210 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jetta 1.8T SEL 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Fusion

Jetta

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fusion FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Jetta (16.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Jetta (18 vs. 14.5 gallons).

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Jetta doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fusion’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Jetta:

 

Fusion

Jetta

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10 inches

The Fusion stops much shorter than the Jetta:

 

Fusion

Jetta

 

80 to 0 MPH

216 feet

257 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fusion has larger standard tires than the Jetta (215/60R16 vs. 205/55R16). The Fusion SE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Jetta (235/50R17 vs. 225/45R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fusion offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Jetta’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Jetta’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

The Fusion offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Jetta’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Fusion’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Jetta doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 7.8 inches longer than on the Jetta (112.2 inches vs. 104.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Fusion is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the Jetta.

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the Jetta 1.4T SE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Jetta 1.4T SE (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Fusion Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Jetta doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fusion is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Jetta is rated a Compact.

The Fusion has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Jetta (102.8 vs. 94.1).

The Fusion has 1 inch more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Jetta.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a larger trunk than the Jetta (16 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 inches, while the Jetta’s liftover is 28.2 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Jetta’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Jetta doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Fusion (except S), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Jetta doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Jetta doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left down on the Fusion the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Jetta can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion SE/Titanium/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Jetta doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its Car-Net can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Fusion’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Jetta’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Fusion’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Jetta’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Fusion has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Jetta has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GLI.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Fusion (except S) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Jetta doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Fusion offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Jetta offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Fusion (except S/SE) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Jetta doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Fusion’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Jetta doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Fusion and the Jetta offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fusion SE/Titanium/Sport/Platinum has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Jetta doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Fusion (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Jetta doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Fusion (except S)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Jetta doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the Jetta because it costs $234 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fusion than the Jetta, including $459 less for a water pump, $319 less for an alternator, $478 less for a starter, $288 less for fuel injection, $234 less for a fuel pump, $297 less for front struts and $4 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Fusion and the Volkswagen Jetta, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The Jetta has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Jetta has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The Jetta has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The Jetta has never been chosen.

The Ford Fusion outsold the Volkswagen Jetta by 69% during the 2016 model year.

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