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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 is shared with the 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, yet 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 FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection. A sportier GLI version, which shares components with the previous-generation Volkswagen GTI, is also available.
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    2022
    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.
    $21,200 - $31,600
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    $20,000 - $29,250
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    $18,475 - $27,350
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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.
    $16,025 - $22,525
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    $14,775 - $19,450
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    $12,650 - $16,950
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    $10,850 - $15,700
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    $7,600 - $13,575
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    $6,650 - $11,525
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    $7,375 - $9,475
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    $6,450 - $8,300
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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.
    $5,975 - $9,175
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    $5,325 - $7,325
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    $4,825 - $5,325
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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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