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The Volkswagen Jetta appeals to the buyer who wants plenty of space, solid feel and a European driving experience. The broad line spans a frugal hybrid and diesel versions and tops out with a sporty, upscale GLI. While the current-generation Jetta started out as a coarse and decontented car, continual updates have significantly improved how the Jetta drives and how it scores in our testing.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. ESC available in 2003, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Volkswagen Jetta appeals to the buyer who wants plenty of space, solid feel and a European driving experience. The broad line spans a frugal hybrid and diesel versions and tops out with a sporty, upscale GLI. While the current-generation Jetta started out as a coarse and decontented car, continual updates have significantly improved how the Jetta drives and how it scores in our testing. Now it's a solid, competent and well-rounded sedan with good driving dynamics, a roomy interior and easy controls. It's also competitivein terms of performance and fuel economy -- all of which make it very competitive in its compact sedan class.

Uplevel gasoline-powered Jettas have a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which feels effortless and gets 30 mpg overall.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 hybrid (170 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbodiesel (150 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (210 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (115 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Volkswagen Jetta owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“I have one of the diesel vehicles affected by the VW emissions scandal. I chose to have the repair done. The first modification was completed on my car within the last year. I have noticed little to no difference in the drive and fuel economy since the modification”

Nicole H., WI (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“The system yells me the DEF reservoir is low and it is possible the engine will not start. The DEF was full and the dealership could not get the message to stop. The engine has always started”

Anonymous, AR (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“VW Class action TDI recall”

Cole A., GA (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“We had a TDI that was part of the action against VW for cheating on emissions software; we chose to do the fix for our car”

Anonymous, ME (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

“Failure of fuel electronic control module @154km. 2nd reported in CA for this engine (source dealer). New module shipped from factory, taking 12 days. Quality loaner provided + frequent updates”

Anonymous, BC (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“correction resulted in a recall”

Anonymous, MS (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Exhaust rattles started within a few months of taking delivery but didn't want to bring in for a special appointment”

Erik S., MI (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Door clicks badly when you open or close it”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“vibration in the dash at low RPMs”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“air vents loose”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

“Dealer claims it is the non-aerodynamics of the exterior mirrors”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“not cooliong”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Jetta S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

“It sometimes takes 10-20 minutes for the HVAC to start blowing cold air. Usually turn on, check to see if blowing cold and if not, turn off for a few minutes and try again”

Erik S., MI (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Evaporator

“A/C evaporator would freeze and blow warmer air after 80-120 miles of driving. Had to turn off A/C in order to defrost evaporator, about 10 minutes of driving. Problem never resolved by VW over 37000 miles”

Paul K., MI (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

“The right rear door would not lock. The actuator needed replacement. I was told this was a common problem with this model”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

“There was a recall on this item”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Volkswagen Jetta S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

“light in passenger vanity mirror was loose - rattling when car delivered”

Anonymous, CT (2015 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 1.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Intermittently (once every two months) the backup camera will not come on, but fixes itself after around 12 hours. Given most people end up relying on the backup camera, this could be dangerous”

David B., CA (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“The bluetooth is a bit odd. Play/pause rarely works properly with my Samsung S7 edge unless you manually do it on the phone”

David B., CA (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“control unit needed to be replaced - work was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Traction control

“Simply that it takes too long to activate, Not particularly serious. More serious is that as a left foot braker, the 'safety' item which does not allow acceleration while left foot is even slightly on the brake;e.g in slow-moving traffic is a hazard”

Jack C., BC (2015 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Covered under warranty, clutch replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Clutch was burned out after 12000k. I've been driving manuals for 30 years without this problem,”

Anonymous, BC (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“Sway bar bushings needed replacing after 53000 miles. Common problem with VW's , according to mechanic”

Paul K., MI (2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

“Sunroof would not close”

Anonymous, NM (2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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