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Volkswagen Jetta

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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 - $21,175 $11,040 - $19,090
2017 $12,750 - $18,600 $10,025 - $16,635
2016 $11,100 - $17,075 $8,410 - $14,110
2015 $8,800 - $14,175 $6,190 - $11,280
2014 $6,350 - $11,950 $3,830 - $9,110
2013 $5,225 - $9,750 $2,755 - $7,010
2012 $5,925 - $8,225 $3,365 - $5,535
2011 $5,400 - $7,425 $2,835 - $4,745
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 $4,875 - $8,725 $2,335 - $5,940
2009 $4,150 - $6,350 $1,735 - $3,710
2008 $3,825 - $4,350 $1,460 - $1,885
2007 $3,150 - $4,800 $1,105 - $2,260
2006 $2,950 - $4,775 $955 - $2,230
2005 $3,100 - $5,075 $1,050 - $2,505
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 $2,950 - $4,750 $950 - $2,200
2003 $2,825 - $4,575 $850 - $2,050
2002 $2,775 - $4,150 $815 - $1,725
2001 $2,625 - $3,950 $670 - $1,545
2000 $2,625 - $3,600 $690 - $1,265