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.
A number of advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and blind spot warning, are available.