Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta

About Volkswagen Jetta

Like other vehicles in Volkswagen's 2017 lineup, the Jetta compact sedan returns with something of a limp. That's because, as with other models, the once-desirable diesel models are not being offered in the wake of the German automaker's emissions-cheating scandal. VW optimistically says the Jetta's trim lineup has been "simplified," with the former hybrid model also being shown the door. Still, what remains has some appeal. All 2017 Jettas are powered by turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engines, ranging from a small 1.4-liter in lower models to the potent 210-horsepower 2.0-liter in the performance-oriented Jetta GLI. The Jetta stands out from rivals like the venerable Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic with European character and spry manners, but its uphill battle against those stalwarts just got steeper.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2017?
2017 Volkswagen Jetta

For 2017, the Jetta lineup loses its diesel and hybrid offerings, and has been trimmed to four trims. Even base models now get a rearview camera standard, and the blind-spot monitoring safety system is standard starting on Jetta SE models.

  • Expert Rating: 8.3
  • Consumers Rating: 8.4
  • MPG 28|40
2016 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volkswagen Jetta

For 2016, VW’s Jetta sedan receives a new 1.4-liter turbocharged engine on S and SE trims, while the GLI gets a major exterior makeover. Infotainment updates include VW Car Net, which is now compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. SE trims gain a rearview camera.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volkswagen Jetta

For 2015, VW’s Jetta sedan receives new front and rear styling, an upgraded interior and new optional features such as blind-spot warning, front-collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, bi-xenon headlights and Adaptive Front lighting. An improved 2.0-liter TDI is also new for 2015.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2014?
2014 Volkswagen Jetta

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.

2013 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2013?
2013 Volkswagen Jetta

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.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2012?
2012 Volkswagen Jetta

Having introduced in 2011 an all- new car with an all-new mantra, the 2012 VW Jetta GLI turbocharges the day with the return of the 2.0 liter DOHC Turbo in combination with a fully independent rear suspension and numerous interior upgrades. Beyond this big news is the addition of a new "S with Sunroof" Jetta, offering (you guessed it) a tilt-and-slide power glass sunroof; front center console with armrest and storage; and cruise control. Also, a new TDI Premium package includes a sunroof and Fender Premium Audio.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2011?
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2011 VW Jetta is an all- new car with an all-new look, but the key changes can be summed up in two words: bigger and cheaper.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2010?
2010 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2010 Jetta receives a revised interior, including a new instrument cluster, air conditioning control panel and steering wheel. SE, SEL and TDI trims all acquire standard Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and premium audio upgrade. The sporty GLI has been discontinued.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2009?
2009 Volkswagen Jetta

The TDI clean diesel engine is added to the option list, as is a new wagon variant (reviewed separately). New standard features on all Jetta models include electronic stability and traction control, front and rear floor mats and heated front seats, side mirrors and windshield washer nozzles.

2008 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2008?
2008 Volkswagen Jetta

For 2008, VW simplifies the Jetta line with three trims (S, SE, SEL) all powered by a new 2.5-liter engine. The GLI trim becomes its own model, although it shares almost all of the Jetta's major components.

2007 Volkswagen Jetta
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volkswagen Jetta

For 2007, VW has slashed the Jetta's base price by nearly $1,400. New standard features include a tire pressure monitor, audio auxiliary input jack and a simplified cruise control unit.

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Consumer Reviews

awesome and fun

By on Friday, October 5, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I got this car mostly for the mileage. It says 42 highway but I got my average up to 48. I enjoy the handeling, theaudio and just about everything else"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great Value

By on Thursday, October 5, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Turbo Power. Less expensive than comparables"

Cons: "Could use a bit more leg room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My daily commute is 100 miles. I bought my Jetta brand new and have owned it for 9 months now. Tomorrow I take it in for my 20,000 mile oil change and tire rotation. I average 40 mpg on the highway and am very happy with it. Many reviewers think the Jetta is bland in comparison to other compact cars, but the clean sharp lines only add to its timeless style and grace in my opinion. My only complaint is that the console interferes with my knee room."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, Handling, Economy, Seats, Stereo"

Cons: "Nothing I can think of"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Im very happy with my 2017 GLI Manual. It feels solid, handles great, has plenty of power and is very refined. I love driving it and would make the same choice if I had it to do again. Fuel economy is better than expected. I cant speak to the reliability, but build quality is great!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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