Editors' Page: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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The European Sedan of Mainstream Compact Cars.

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is the most affordable European sedan in America. Developed to the highest public road standard in the world -- there are still long stretches of German autobahn with no speed limit -- the Jetta has the solid chassis, firm feel, and decisive responses required for an environment where fast lane speeds still average about 120 mph. The Jetta lineup is also among the most diverse in the category, with powertrain choices ranging from diesel to hybrid to three different gas engines.

Behind the Wheel

From our 2015 Volkswagen Jetta review: "All Jettas offer excellent road manners, good feedback from the steering and brakes and an ability to round corners without fuss. The GLI offers the best handling, but its ride can be a bit harsh." Read the full review.

What's New?

The Jetta received a mild redesign for 2015, making the sedan look cleaner and more Passat-like. The updated design also helps improve aerodynamics. Several new safety features are available for 2015: blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, forward collision warning and park distance control. The Jetta TDI is powered by a new diesel engine that's more efficient and more powerful than the one it replaces, and for the first time, the diesel uses AdBlue urea solution, which will have to be refilled on a regular basis. Volkswagen still offers a station wagon, but for 2015 it is no longer part of the Jetta line. Even though it's the same size as before, it's now known as the Golf SportWagen.

Jetta Sport

Volkswagen is offering a limited edition Jetta for 2015. The Jetta Sport comes with a sport suspension, sport front seats, two-tone 17-inch wheels, navigation and more, with a starting price of $21,715 including destination.

Build and Price

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta lineup starts at just over $17,000 and tops out at under $33,000 for a Hybrid SEL Premium model (which is now the only trim level for the Hybrid). Build and price your own 2015 Volkswagen Jetta right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more. 

Owners Say

Tweetconn bought a new Jetta and quickly racked up 10,000 miles, saying, "The exterior and interior are not flashy but then neither am I. There is no learning curve for the controls in the interior. Everything is well laid out and easy to use. The seats are supportive and have lumbar support. The ride is firm but not harsh. The new 1.8 turbo engine is super." Tweetconn's Jetta is a 2014 -- he (she?) may want to look at the updated styling of the 2015. Read more Volkswagen Jetta consumer reviews.

Other Compact Cars

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is one-of-a-kind, but that doesn't mean it's the only stylish, fun-to-drive compact sedan out there. Check out all your alternatives at our Compact Car Buyer's Guide.


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