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
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Ratings & Reliability
The new 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. A number of advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and blind spot warning, are available. A sporty GLI version, which shares components with the VW GTI, returns.
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 $13,800 - $20,775 $11,040 - $18,690
2017 $12,850 - $18,700 $10,125 - $16,735
2016 $10,825 - $16,825 $8,160 - $13,860
2015 $8,650 - $14,025 $6,040 - $11,130
2014 $6,075 - $11,725 $3,580 - $8,910
2013 $4,925 - $9,550 $2,455 - $6,810
2012 $5,875 - $8,050 $3,315 - $5,385
2011 $5,350 - $7,250 $2,785 - $4,595
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 $4,775 - $8,500 $2,235 - $5,740
2009 $4,025 - $6,125 $1,635 - $3,510
2008 $3,700 - $4,225 $1,360 - $1,785
2007 $3,100 - $4,750 $1,055 - $2,210
2006 $2,875 - $4,600 $905 - $2,080
2005 $3,000 - $5,025 $1,000 - $2,455
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 $2,875 - $4,700 $900 - $2,150
2003 $2,750 - $4,500 $800 - $2,000
2002 $2,725 - $4,100 $765 - $1,675
2001 $2,575 - $3,875 $620 - $1,495
2000 $2,575 - $3,400 $640 - $1,215