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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|38
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 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen receives a revised front end (borrowed from the new Golf), an upgraded interior including a new instrument cluster, air conditioning controls, and a host of new features. SE and TDI trims feature Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard equipment, while the base S trim gains a 60/40 split rear seat with center armrest passthrough. The turbocharged SEL trim is no longer available.

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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