2016 Volkswagen Jetta Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on December 9, 2015 10:59 AM

The European Sedan of Mainstream Compact Cars

The 2016 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, ranging from pure economy car to performance-oriented sedan. Powertrain choices include three gas engines and a gas-electric hybrid, but the popular diesel-powered Jetta TDI remains on hiatus in the wake of EPA violations.

Behind the Wheel

From our 2016 Volkswagen Jetta review: "Common traits for all Jettas are excellent road manners, responsive steering and brakes and a penchant for tackling tight turns. While the GLI is the best handling of the bunch, its ride can be harsh."

What's New?

Key enhancements for 2016 include the introduction of an efficient new 1.4-liter turbo engine, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Build and Price

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta lineup starts at just over $18,000 and tops out at under $32,000 for a Hybrid SEL Premium model. Build and price your own 2016 Volkswagen Jetta right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Owners Say

Car Enthusiast had this to say about the Jetta: "Power is better than most in the class. The Jetta is quick and very responsive once on the accelerator. I have the automatic and it is a very good auto; very responsive and very quick to shift. As for the design, for me the exterior is not overwhelmingly exciting, yet very handsome. Interior, the design is perfect; however, the materials could be a little better." Read more Volkswagen Jetta consumer reviews.

Other Compact Cars

The 2016 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.