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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 - $17,275 $8,410 - $14,310
2015 $8,750 - $14,350 $6,140 - $11,430
2014 $6,450 - $12,050 $3,930 - $9,210
2013 $5,350 - $9,875 $2,855 - $7,110
2012 $6,025 - $8,325 $3,465 - $5,635
2011 $5,500 - $7,525 $2,935 - $4,845
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 $4,275 - $6,500 $1,835 - $3,860
2008 $3,950 - $4,475 $1,560 - $1,985
2007 $3,325 - $4,850 $1,155 - $2,310
2006 $3,000 - $4,825 $1,005 - $2,280
2005 $3,000 - $5,025 $1,000 - $2,455
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 $2,875 - $4,700 $900 - $2,150
2003 $2,750 - $4,500 $800 - $2,000
2002 $2,725 - $4,100 $765 - $1,675
2001 $2,575 - $3,875 $620 - $1,495
2000 $2,575 - $3,400 $640 - $1,215