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2015 Volkswagen Jetta: Car Seat Check

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Volkswagen’s Jetta got a light update for 2015 with some minor exterior revisions and additional interior trim options. The big news for families is the backseat; the 2015 VW Jetta earned straight-A grades in our Car Seat Check thanks to ample legroom and accessible Latch anchors for two child-safety seats.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

What We Like

  • The sedan’s two sets of Latch anchors are exposed for easy connection. The three tether anchors on the rear shelf are also easy to access.
  • Both the rear-facing convertible and infant seat installed easily, and there was no need to move the front passenger seat forward to make room for either one.
  • After removing the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible installed easily and fit well on the seat.
  • The buckles are on stable bases so kids in boosters should be able to grasp them easily.

What We Don’t    

  • The rear head restraints are removable, but they’re tricky. To pull them up and out, first depress the button on one side of the post and then fit the car’s key into a small hole on the other post.
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Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row. 

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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