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Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta
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Base MSRP price range:
$16,895 - $31,895
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Volkswagen Jetta Overview

Wide ranging improvements for 2014 boosted the Jetta's standing. A little bigger than most compact sedans, the Jetta is a roomy, comfortable, and practical choice. The new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is smooth and flexible and returns an excellent 30 mpg. But skip the anemic base 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The diesel gets great mileage at 34 mpg overall. The Jetta Hybrid is a smooth and capable full hybrid that gets 37 mpg overall. Its 1.4-liter turbo engine and seven-speed automated manual work seamlessly. The punchy 210-hp GLI is a hoot to drive. Revisions to the steering and suspension give the Jetta improved agility and a steady ride. Higher-end versions are nicely finished inside. Simple controls and generous visibility make it easy to live with. Diesels are recommended, with average reliability, but the 1.8T is too new for us to have reliability data.

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