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Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta 2019 sedan Trim Shown: 2019 SE sedan FWD Automatic
Volkswagen hopes to broaden the Jetta's appeal by dropping its base price and increasing cabin room. The 2019 Jetta rides on a new platform, which forms the basis for everything from the Golf hatchback to the Atlas SUV. A longer wheelbase brings more interior space. We'd praised the outgoing Jetta for its relatively roomy interior, so this should only make things better. The Jetta is available in five trim levels: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and sporty R-Line. Regardless of which you choose, under the hood is a 147-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends its power to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Advanced safety features--including automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and blind-spot warning--are optional.
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Volkswagen Jetta 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 SE sedan FWD Automatic
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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 engine delivers responsive acceleration, and it returned an excellent 32 mpg overall in our testing. The 1.8-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine 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. Rear-seat passengers will appreciate the spacious cabin, which is roomier than most competitors'. A redesigned 2019 Jetta goes on sale this spring.
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2011 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 Base
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
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $11,400 - $14,625 $8,675 - $11,675
2015 $9,725 - $16,875 $7,110 - $13,820
2014 $7,750 - $15,200 $5,200 - $12,100
2013 $7,150 - $15,850 $4,580 - $13,425
2012 $6,550 - $13,025 $3,970 - $9,985
2011 $5,400 - $11,625 $2,830 - $8,640
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 $5,100 - $10,150 $2,530 - $7,240
2009 $4,725 - $8,725 $2,180 - $5,880
2008 $4,300 - $5,000 $1,835 - $2,410
2007 $3,925 - $5,350 $1,530 - $2,735
2006 $3,550 - $5,275 $1,230 - $2,655
2005 $2,900 - $4,775 $705 - $2,205
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 $2,900 - $4,600 $700 - $2,050
2003 $2,900 - $4,300 $700 - $1,825
2002 $2,825 - $3,950 $805 - $1,705
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A