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Volkswagen Jetta

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Volkswagen Jetta 2019 sedan Trim Shown: 2019 SE sedan FWD Automatic
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  • Predicted Reliability
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Volkswagen hopes to broaden the Jetta's appeal by increasing cabin room and expanding upscale feature availability. The 2019 Jetta rides on a new platform, which forms the basis for everything from the Golf hatchback to the Atlas SUV. A longer wheelbase brings more interior space including ample rear seat room. The 147-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivers responsive acceleration. Ride and handling are competent but the car has no sporty pretense. Controls are very easy to use. Advanced safety features--including automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and blind-spot warning--are available.
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Volkswagen Jetta 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 SE sedan FWD Automatic
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
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 engine delivers responsive acceleration, and it returned an excellent 32 mpg overall in our testing. The 1.8-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine 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 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
2016 $11,100 - $14,300 $8,375 - $11,375
2015 $9,950 - $17,075 $7,250 - $13,950
2014 $8,300 - $15,725 $5,640 - $12,540
2013 $7,475 - $15,850 $4,820 - $13,425
2012 $6,775 - $13,250 $4,135 - $10,150
2011 $5,700 - $11,950 $3,110 - $8,920
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 $5,150 - $10,200 $2,580 - $7,290
2009 $4,725 - $8,975 $2,180 - $6,130
2008 $4,125 - $4,825 $1,685 - $2,260
2007 $3,925 - $5,525 $1,530 - $2,885
2006 $3,600 - $5,300 $1,255 - $2,680
2005 $2,925 - $4,800 $730 - $2,230
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 $2,925 - $4,625 $725 - $2,075
2003 $2,925 - $4,375 $725 - $1,875
2002 $2,825 - $3,950 $805 - $1,705
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A