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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.

Road Test

The Volkswagen Jetta appeals to the buyer who wants plenty of space, solid feel and a European driving experience. The broad line offers a frugal hybrid version and tops out with a sporty, upscale GLI. While the current-generation Jetta started out a...

Highs

  • Roomy backseat and trunk
  • Enjoyable to drive

Lows

  • Lackluster interior finish
  • A bit pricey, especially comparing feature-to-feature

Best Version to Get

Maybe the biggest decision is which engine to pick. Surprisingly, the base 1.4-liter turbocharged engine might be the best overall choice, combining impressive fuel economy and adequate performance. We'd get either the SE or SE w/Connectivity trim. In routine driving, the 1.4-li...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (150 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (210 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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