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Volkswagen Jetta

2018
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 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. 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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2011-2017
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
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2016 $13,725 - $17,550 $11,025 - $14,625
2015 $12,000 - $20,775 $9,410 - $17,770
2014 $10,050 - $24,375 $7,550 - $21,100
2013 $9,050 - $21,650 $6,530 - $18,430
2012 $7,525 - $18,700 $5,070 - $15,535
2011 $6,400 - $16,200 $3,980 - $13,090
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 $5,550 - $12,625 $3,160 - $9,720
2009 $4,775 - $11,250 $2,430 - $8,455
2008 $4,700 - $5,375 $2,355 - $2,955
2007 $4,325 - $5,750 $2,010 - $3,285
2006 $3,825 - $5,475 $1,610 - $3,035
2005 $2,950 - $4,850 $905 - $2,455
1999-2004
Volkswagen Jetta 2004 Trim Shown: 2004 Sedan
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 - $4,625 $905 - $2,255
2003 $2,900 - $4,300 $855 - $1,980
2002 $2,825 - $3,950 $805 - $1,705
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A