2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

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2018 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" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Volkswagen
Jetta Sedan

Starting at: $18,645

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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
  • CD-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 - 72 months/72,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/72,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/100,000miles
  • 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 - 465kg (1,025lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,860kg (4,101lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,658mm (183.4")
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • 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 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S Search New $18,645   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 40  
1.4T S 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S Search New $19,645   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 38  
1.4T Wolfsburg Edition 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T Wolfsburg Edition Search New $20,345   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 40  
1.4T SE 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE Search New $21,245   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 40  
1.4T Wolfsburg Edition 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T Wolfsburg Edition Search New $21,345   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 38  
1.4T SE 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE Search New $22,245   150-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 38  
1.8T SE Sport 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.8T SE Sport Search New $23,245   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
1.8T SEL 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.8T SEL Search New $26,245   170-hp 1.8L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  24 / 33  
2.0T GLI 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 2.0T GLI Search New $29,545   210-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  24 / 33  


Driving Impression

Tony Swan

Like other German cars, the Jetta’s resume includes extensive time on the autobahn, the most demanding high speed development crucible on the planet. Cars designed for highways with no speed limits exude a distinctive sense of solidity and dynamic certainty, something that was true of the previous Jetta and truer still of the new one.

The Jetta’s new architecture provides a sturdy foundation for suspension tuning that has that autobahn feel, firm enough to minimize body roll in cornering, with just enough shock absorber damping to take the edge off gnarly pavement.

Engine power continues to be modest. The Jetta gets across intersections with respectable zeal when the light turns green, thanks to turbocharged engine torque. But there’s not much punch at higher speeds, for maneuvers such as passing on a two-lane highway.

However, the action of the new eight-speed automatic is smooth and responsive, downshifting readily when the driver calls for more power. And the start/stop feature (limited to the automatic transmission) is smoother than most.

The Jetta’s steering (2.8 turns lock-to-lock) provides a satisfying sense of connection between car and driver, transient responses are prompt, and based on a brief day of preview driving on North Carolina back roads the braking performance should stand up to very hard use without any hint of fade.

Whether the reversion to a simple beam axle in the rear tangibly limits the Jetta’s capabilities would require more challenging roads and more vigorous driving. The dynamic takeaway from the press preview was positive.

In addition to its satisfying Teutonic road manners, the Jetta’s other strong suit is reduced interior noise level. Reduced wind noise, reduced road noise, reduced engine noise. City streets, back road, or freeway, this is an exceptionally quiet car by compact sedan standards.

Walk Around

Tony Swan

Volkswagen isn’t known for taking chances with its styling, and the new Jetta is hard to perceive as daring. On the other hand, it can be perceived as new and contemporary, as well as upscale by compact sedan standards.

The wraparound grille, which is siamesed into the LED headlights (standard on all trims) lends a more aggressive look to the front end and the strong character line extending from the front wheel wells to the LED taillights accentuates the new Jetta’s longer (by 1.3 inches) wheelbase.

Overall length increases only fractionally, so the net effect is to reduce the car’s front and rear overhangs, which in turn contributes to a more athletic look, as does the stepper slope of the rear roofline.

Interior Overview

Tony Swan

Volkswagen’s interior design team has given the inner Jetta a more premium look with new fabrics, new colors, attractive stitching, and driver-adjustable amibient lighting in 10 different colors. The nicely bolstered bucket seats offer the option of ventilation and heating, and in the SEL Premium model they’re clad in leather.

Another welcome option: a heated steering wheel. The top two trim levels include Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, which allows the drive to set up the instrument display for preferred data, the enlarged center bin can swallow an iPad, and, new to Volkswagen, there’s a 400-watt Beats audio system.

The longer wheelbase contributes to adult-size rear seat legroom, (although like any compact sedan the center rear is suitable only for child seats), and at 14 cubic feet the trunk is generous by segment standards.


Tony Swan

The new Jetta is roomy, quiet, smooth, and dynamically competent in the way that distinguishes German cars from those developed elsewhere. It’s about 50 horsepower short of sport sedan status, but otherwise satisfying to drive. If more performance is important, stand by for the GLI edition, due next spring, with the 220-hp turbo four that propels the hatchback GTI.

The late Tony Swan was founding editor for New Car Test Drive.

Model Lineup

Tony Swan

The 2019 Jetta is offered in five trim levels, S ($18,545), SE ($22,155), R-Line ($22,995), SEL, and the top-of-the-line SEL Premium ($26,945).

The base price for the S trim is a little lower than the outgoing Jetta, though the other trim levels run a bit higher than corresponding models from the previous generation.

Volkswagen characterizes its basic Jetta warranty as one of the industry’s best: six years, 72,000 miles, bumper to bumper.

(The destination and delivery charge for all models is $850.)

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