2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S include 1.4L I-4 150hp intercooled turbo engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, Climatic air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2017 Volkswagen
Jetta Sedan

Starting at: $17,895

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 150hp @ 5,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 1,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 74.5mm x 80.0mm (2.93" x 3.15")
  • Compression ratio - 10.00 to 1
  • Payload - 495kg (1,091lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,860kg (4,101lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,656mm (183.3")
  • Exterior body width - 1,778mm (70.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,453mm (57.2")
  • Wheelbase - 2,652mm (104.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (18.2')
  • Front legroom - 1,046mm (41.2")
  • Rear legroom - 968mm (38.1")
  • Front headroom - 970mm (38.2")
  • Rear headroom - 942mm (37.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,402mm (55.2")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,361mm (53.6")
  • Passenger volume - 2,665L (94.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 445 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 445 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.4
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 150hp @ 5,000RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 1,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 33mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 14.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 28mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 40mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 205/55HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/55HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
1.4T S 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S Search New $17,895   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 40  
1.4T S 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S Search New $18,995   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 38  
1.4T SE 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE Search New $20,895   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 40  
1.4T SE 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE Search New $21,995   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 38  
1.8T SEL 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.8T SEL Search New $24,995   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 35  
GLI 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI Search New $27,895   210-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  23 / 33  
GLI 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI Search New $28,995   210-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  24 / 33  


Driving Impression

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Roadholding and precise handling are the top Jetta benefits, scoring higher than most competitors, except for the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus. Ride quality also excels. Excellent suspension control yields an absorbent ride, nearly eliminating the bounding suffered by some compact sedans.

All Jettas have electric power steering, which behaves well. Brakes feel strong and inspire confidence. A Jetta can dash around corners more confidently than some popular rivals.

Tauter springs and shock absorbers, coupled with slightly lower ride height, help give the GLI more precise road behavior. Steering feels a bit sharper.

A base model with the 1.4-liter engine takes more than seven seconds to reach 60 mph, yet feels lively, though not exactly quiet when accelerating emphatically. The 1.8-liter isn’t noticeably swifter, but feels a bit more confident and energetic. Better-sounding, too. Jettas with either engine are enjoyable to drive. Most available engine power arrives at lower speeds.

The GLI’s 2.0-liter engine delivers stimulating, consistent power through 6,000 rpm. Expect some noise when pushing hard. Shifts from the 6-speed manual gearbox feel a bit notchy. The optional dual-clutch automatic reacts promptly, especially when paddle-shifted.

The 1.4-liter base engine is the thriftiest, EPA-rated at 28/38 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined, with automatic. Manual shift raises the highway estimate to 40 mpg. The 1.8-liter four is EPA-rated at 25/35 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. With automatic, the GLI’s 2.0-liter engine is EPA-rated at 24/33 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

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Being nondescript isn’t necessarily a drawback in terms of attracting buyers. The Jetta hasn’t changed much since its 2011 redesign, yet customers keep buying, unconcerned about fashion trends. Updates along the way, including several freshenings for 2016, have been subtle, noticeable only to Jetta advocates.

Basically, the Jetta is a simple example of the familiar three-box sedan profile, with compact dimensions. Slab-type bodysides dominate the design. Up front, a three-bar grille extends into the bumper, creating a nose that fits neatly into Volkswagen’s corporate styling themes.

Interior Overview

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Like its exterior, the Jetta cabin retains its conservative, straightforward nature. As a benefit, its upright profile translates to easy entry and exit. Drivers can also expect satisfying rearward visibility.

Spacious in front and rear, the Jetta is among the larger sedans in the compact category. As a result, four adults can ride in comfort, with ample head and leg room, while hauling a substantial amount of luggage. Five will fit, too, at least for shorter jaunts.

Back-seat passengers enjoy plenty of legroom: 38.1 inches, to be precise. Even with a sunroof installed, cabin space is ample all around, with no sense of confinement. Still, heads of tall riders might touch the headliner fabric. Back doors open quite wide, making entry/exit easy. All Jettas have fold-down rear seatbacks, activated by trunk-mounted levers, which reveal a slim pass-through.

With 15.7 cubic feet of cargo volume, the trunk is quite spacious. One demerit: large elbow-shaped hinges protrude into the cargo space.

Large round instruments convey a classic-VW look. Drivers might notice that the steering wheel is positioned slightly closer to the center than usual, but the driving position isn’t really affected. Numerous surfaces in lower-end models are hard plastic. Front seats are comfortable, with sufficient side bolstering.


New Car Test Drive

At any level, the Jetta is still an appealing choice in the crowded compact-car field. Upper-trim models, in fact, come across almost like lower-cost Audis. Even base models are nicely equipped, but we think the SE trim delivers the greatest value.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Jetta 1.4T S ($17,895) comes with 1.4-liter engine, 5-speed manual shift, 5.0-inch touchscreen radio, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, and LED daytime running lamps. Jetta 1.4T SE ($20,895) adds a sunroof, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, heated front seats, keyless access, pushbutton start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, imitation-leather seats, satellite radio, and a 6.3-inch touchscreen. Automatic transmission is available ($1,100) for either model. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Jetta 1.8T SEL ($24,995) has the 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission, plus power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Jetta 1.8T SEL Premium ($26,995), the top trim level, is now available on special order only.

Jetta 2.0T GLI ($27,895) gets the 2.0-liter engine and 6-speed manual gearbox, plus 18-inch wheels, navigation, power driver’s seat, parking assistance, Fender premium audio, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Automatic is available.

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