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The Jetta has easy-to-use controls, great fuel economy, and a relatively spacious cabin. A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission is shared with the new Taos SUV.
Fuel economy was excellent at 34 mpg overall when we tested it with the previous 1.4-liter turbo. The ride is absorbent but can be too tender over sharp bumps. Handling is competent but a bit dull. The cabin is quiet for a compact sedan. Most versions come with faux leather seats and automatic climate controls, giving the car an air of premium ambience. Standard active safety features include AEB, FCW, and BSW. A sportier GLI version, which shares components with the previous-generation Volkswagen GTI, is also available.
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2019-2021
2019 Redesign Year
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. For 2022 the Jetta gets a 1.5-liter turbo four cylinder engine instead of the 1.4-liter turbo.  A new Sport trim line replaces the R-Line. Also, in 2022 it will get AEB with pedestrian detection, and blind spot and rear cross traffic warning as standard equipment.
$22,175 - $32,575
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$21,075 - $30,325
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$19,275 - $28,150
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2011-2018
2011 Redesign Year
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.
$16,725 - $23,350
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$15,725 - $20,325
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$13,475 - $17,575
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$11,875 - $16,650
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$8,400 - $14,375
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$7,075 - $11,950
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$7,900 - $10,025
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$7,000 - $8,800
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2005-2010
2005 Redesign Year
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.
$6,225 - $9,450
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$5,575 - $7,550
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$5,050 - $5,525
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$4,875 - $6,050
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$4,350 - $5,775
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$3,000 - $4,975
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1999-2004
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. 
$2,900 - $4,725
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$2,850 - $4,475
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$2,825 - $4,075
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$2,825 - $3,725
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$2,825 - $3,500
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