Volkswagen Jetta

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2020
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2020 Volkswagen Jetta Ratings & Reliability
The Jetta has easy-to-use controls, great fuel economy, good cabin room, and the availability of upscale features. The 147-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission feels a bit sleepy at times but delivers responsive acceleration upon demand. Fuel economy is excellent at 34 mpg overall, matching VW's diesel offerings from a decade ago. The ride is absorbent but can be too tender over sharp bumps. Handling is competent but a bit dull. The cabin is relatively quiet for a compact sedan. Most versions come with faux leather seats and automatic climate controls, giving the car an air of premium ambience. Advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and blind spot warning are standard except on the base trim. A sporty GLI version, which shares components with the VW GTI, is also available.
2019
2019 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Jetta 2019
The seventh generation Jetta has easy-to-use controls, great fuel economy, good cabin room, and the availability of upscale features. The 147-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission feels a bit sleepy at times, but delivers responsive acceleration upon demand. Fuel economy is excellent at 34 mpg overall, matching VW's diesel offerings from a decade ago. The ride is absorbent but can be too tender over sharp bumps. Handling is competent but a bit dull. The cabin is relatively quiet for a compact sedan. Most versions come with faux leather seats and automatic climate controls, giving the car an air of premium ambience. A number of advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and blind spot warning, are available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2019 $14,550 - $23,400 $11,765 - $21,265
2011-2018
2011 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Jetta 2018
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. New for 2016 is a refined and energetic 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that got 32 mpg overall in our testing.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $13,075 - $20,050 $10,340 - $17,990
2017 $12,150 - $18,050 $9,475 - $15,935
2016 $10,075 - $16,100 $7,460 - $13,160
2015 $8,050 - $13,450 $5,490 - $10,580
2014 $5,600 - $11,250 $3,130 - $8,460
2013 $4,575 - $9,225 $2,155 - $6,510
2012 $5,650 - $7,850 $3,115 - $5,185
2011 $5,075 - $7,000 $2,535 - $4,345
2005-2010
2005 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Jetta 2010
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 $4,600 - $8,250 $2,085 - $5,490
2009 $3,900 - $6,025 $1,535 - $3,410
2008 $3,625 - $4,125 $1,310 - $1,710
2007 $3,100 - $4,750 $1,055 - $2,210
2006 $2,825 - $4,525 $855 - $2,030
2005 $2,950 - $4,975 $950 - $2,405
1999-2004
Volkswagen Jetta 2004
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 $2,825 - $4,625 $850 - $2,100
2003 $2,700 - $4,450 $750 - $1,950
2002 $2,650 - $4,025 $715 - $1,625
2001 $2,500 - $3,825 $570 - $1,445
2000 $2,500 - $3,350 $590 - $1,165