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Volkswagen Jetta
2017
Volkswagen Jetta 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 SE sedan FWD Sequential
A little bigger than most compact sedans, the Jetta is a roomy, comfortable, and practical choice. Handling is responsive, and the ride is comfortable. The refined and energetic 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivers responsive acceleration, and it returned an excellent 32 mpg overall in our testing. The 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder is smooth and flexible, and returns a commendable 30 mpg. Opt for the GLI and you get a strong turbo 2.0-liter, a tauter suspension that delivers nimbler handling, better brakes, and a richer-looking interior. The Hybrid that got 37 mpg overall in our tests has been discontinued for 2017. Rear-seat passengers will appreciate the spacious cabin, which is roomier than most competitors'. Reliability has dropped to well below average.
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2011-2016
2011 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 GLI
The 2011 redesign brought a more spacious rear seat, along with cheaper interior materials and handling that wasn't as crisp. Ultimately the gasoline-powered 2011 Jetta scores too low for us to recommend it. (The car has been improved gradually since then.) The diesel-powered Jetta TDI is a more appealing car; however, it is also one of the VW models called into question for emissions test violations. If you're considering one of these, make sure it passes smog before you buy it. A 37-mpg hybrid debuted in 2013.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $14,425 - $17,450 $11,800 - $14,700
2015 $12,400 - $23,000 $9,860 - $20,120
2014 $10,625 - $19,975 $8,210 - $17,170
2013 $9,625 - $17,300 $7,185 - $14,485
2012 $7,750 - $13,350 $5,380 - $10,670
2011 $6,575 - $12,075 $4,215 - $9,380
2005-2010
2005 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Jetta 2010 Trim Shown: 2010 Sedan
A beautifully finished and sharp-handling premium small car, the Jetta has long been a jewel. Normally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a gruff five-cylinder, a thrifty turbodiesel, and a six-cylinder powerplant have all been offered. Further, the VW has good safety equipment and its crash-test results are commendable. Before its 2006 redesign, the backseat was particularly cramped, but the car rode beautifully. For 2006, the Jetta grew larger, and the base four-cylinder was replaced by a five-cylinder with more torque, though its character is somewhat gruff. The turbodiesel wagon we tested with a manual transmission averaged an impressive 36 mpg.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $5,675 - $10,300 $3,330 - $7,690
2009 $5,000 - $8,675 $2,685 - $6,135
2008 $4,875 - $5,525 $2,535 - $3,160
2007 $4,325 - $6,300 $2,035 - $3,865
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2006 $3,825 - $5,525 $1,635 - $3,135
2005 $3,025 - $4,900 $985 - $2,535
1999-2004
Volkswagen Jetta 2004 Trim Shown: 2004 Wagon
A 1999 redesign improved an already capable car and gave the Jetta new styling. This latest version offers a host of well-designed interior touches but also a tighter rear seat. A wagon model was added for 2001. Four, turbo-Four, turbodiesel, and V6 engines are available. The Jetta is a practical, relatively inexpensive car with a responsive 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a supple ride, and a comfortable interior. The sporty GLX packs a powerful V6, but even the plainer GL and GLS versions offer excellent handling and responsive steering. 
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $2,950 - $4,600 $935 - $2,260
2003 $2,825 - $4,250 $835 - $1,960
2002 $2,775 - $3,900 $785 - $1,685
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2000 N/A N/A
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