In addition to swapping the 5-cylinder engine for a turbocharged-4 in most sedan models, Volkswagen has installed multilink rear suspension in all 2014 Jettas and introduced its smartphone-enabled Car-Net communications service. Jetta SportWagen models again carry over unchanged except for new LED license-place lighting, and diesel (TDI) models gain a rearview camera as standard.
This year marks the debut of the Jetta Hybrid, Volkswagen's second hybrid (after the Touareg) and its first in the compact sedan segment. Other changes to the Jetta lineup include new leather trim in SE and higher versions, and launch control in the GLI models with automatic transmission.
Long Volkswagen's best-selling vehicle, the 2015 VW Jetta sedan gets even better this year, offering new styling, an upgraded interior and a number of new safety features including blind-spot detection and forward-collision warning. Along with three gasoline engine choices (including two turbocharged engines), the Jetta also offers a hybrid model and a clean diesel that achieves up to 46 mpg on the highway. With prices ranging from the high teens to the low $30K range, the Jetta takes on a whole slew of compact and midsize sedans, including the venerable Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the roomier Chevrolet Cruz and Hyundai Elantra, and the sporty Ford Focus, Dodge Dart and Mazda3.