2013 Volkswagen Jetta
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Delightful Jetta GLI

by from Chicago suburbs on August 21, 2013

Car is basically an Audi A-4 without quattro.Model is fully loaded with features such as backup camera,Navigation,sunroof and satellite radio.Very strong engine and mileage in the low 30's on the high...
Car is basically an Audi A-4 without quattro.Model is fully loaded with features such as backup camera,Navigation,sunroof and satellite radio.Very strong engine and mileage in the low 30's on the highway.Highly recommended!!
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One year summary review (Part I)

by from Durham, NC on December 15, 2013

I had driven my 2013 Jetta 2.5SE for a year and put some 22K miles on it. I am writing the one-year ownership review that hopefully will give whoever plans to buy the 2014 model (since it does not dif...
I had driven my 2013 Jetta 2.5SE for a year and put some 22K miles on it. I am writing the one-year ownership review that hopefully will give whoever plans to buy the 2014 model (since it does not differ too much to 2013 in design) some thoughts. Please also refer to my 3 month, 6 month reviews in this review site. My review is broken into 2 parts due to the restriction of submission. The Goods: 1. Choice of Engine. One of the best thing of Jetta is there are many engine options to choose from. No car in the market offers more engine choices than Jetta. You can choose 2.0L 4 cylinder 115HP, 2.5L 5 cylinder 170HP (it is gone in 2014 model, replaced by the 1.8L 170HP TSI), 2.0L 4 cylinder 140HP Diesel TDI, 2.0L 4 cylinder TSI, and 1.4L 4 cylinder TSI Hybrid. In previous year models, there was a 6 cylinder engine. Mine is the 2.5L 5cylinder version, which has plenty power for my driving habit, it has ample power to carry 4 adults around town and highway. The transmission options are 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic w/ sport mode and 7-speed DSG. So literately you have 3x5 = 15 powertrain options to choose. 2. Value for the money. The Jetta can be as cheap as $16K (S model, 115HP engine, manual) but still have all the safety features, and power window, power doors, remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors, etc. At the price of 20K, the 2.5SE model adds leatherette power seat, mirror mount turn signal, cruise control, auto tranny. With this features, a Toyota Corolla and/or Honda Civic are more than 21K. However Jetta can easily quickly reach 30K+ if you opt for the technology and luxury options, and/or GLI Hybrid model. I personally think the 2.5SE is perfectly priced for its value. As long as you want to keep it longer than 5 years, it is a good value. However, the resell value for Jetta is not as good as Corolla or Civic. 3. Design and engineering. The Jetta is very well-designed, both interior and exterior, it looks good and is welcoming to drive. The interior design is comfortable and artful. Handles and instrument knobs are well designed, good hand feeling, and easy to operate. The basic audio and instrument are simple and easy to read. With the technology package, it has Bluetooth connectivity and hand free phone feature. The size of Jetta is a little smaller than Camry/Accord/Fusion but larger than Corolla/Civic/Focus. It is somewhat about the same size as Subaru Legacy. 4. Driving. The ride of Jetta is quiet and smooth. The steeling is agile and well control. Turning is accurate and confident. It is a very fun car to drive. Accelerating is excellent in 2.5L 5 cylinder model when transmission set in sports mode. In a normal spin city or merge highway, the standard mode has ample power to accomplish task. Putting is sports mode make the car stand out of others. The brake functions quickly and sharply. Overall, the driving experience is the most I appreciate the Jetta.
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I Love my Jetta

by from Monroe, La on May 31, 2013

I researched this vehicle for about 6 months before test driving and then buying. For the money I spent, I feel I have got way more car than what I paid for. The design, options and features have real...
I researched this vehicle for about 6 months before test driving and then buying. For the money I spent, I feel I have got way more car than what I paid for. The design, options and features have really made this car a "best buy". I spoke to a salesman over the phone and told him exactly what I was looking for as far as colors and package options. Two weeks later I did a test drive and bought the Jetta I wanted. It was that Simple. I absolutely love this car. The first week I had the car, It was hard to sleep at night because I could not wait to get up in the morning to drive it to work. Anybody probably reading this would think I am a kid. But actually, I am a 48 year old lady who loves her NEW JETTA!!
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Comfort, Speed, and Value

by from Ithaca ny on August 26, 2013

The Volkswagen Jetta offers the consumer a car that is a comfortable ride. The care has snap - good acceleration. We have found the Jetta a good sound car.
The Volkswagen Jetta offers the consumer a car that is a comfortable ride. The care has snap - good acceleration. We have found the Jetta a good sound car.
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Value for $$ but hard ride

by from Central, NJ on January 16, 2014

There is nothing I really don't like about my 2013 Jetta SE - except for the very hard ride. I don't see any other comments that touch on this... but I feel every single bump - regardless of size. It ...
There is nothing I really don't like about my 2013 Jetta SE - except for the very hard ride. I don't see any other comments that touch on this... but I feel every single bump - regardless of size. It seems the suspension is very tight or completely missing.. I find myself going out of my way to avoid manhole covers, small bumps in the road, etc.. Anyone else in this club?
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Love My Jetta - Finally

by from Central NJ on January 4, 2013

I had a 2012 Jetta TDI that was plagued with electrical issues. VW was unable to repair them, so eventually agreed to replace the car. However, it was the end of the 2012 model year, so I had to wait ...
I had a 2012 Jetta TDI that was plagued with electrical issues. VW was unable to repair them, so eventually agreed to replace the car. However, it was the end of the 2012 model year, so I had to wait until the 2013 model came out. It was worth the wait. The diesel engine is pared with a 6-speed manual transmission. It is peppy and fuel efficient, getting an average 45 mpg and about 52 mpg on the highway. It is packed with features including bluetooth, SD card reader, Sirius, and my favorite - heated seats. Love this car!
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tdi rules

by from Fredericksburg, va on June 9, 2013

Fuel economy is excellent. I commute on busy city streets 20 minutes each way. I fill up once a month! Turbo diesel delivers power when needed. Sport mode is awesome! Take your foot off the gas and ca...
Fuel economy is excellent. I commute on busy city streets 20 minutes each way. I fill up once a month! Turbo diesel delivers power when needed. Sport mode is awesome! Take your foot off the gas and car slows down real fast so you don't waste gas by hitting brakes. Trunk is big. Back seat is good if you don't have child seats. Too early to report overall reliability. Expensive car but you save on fuel. Hard to find diesel.
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Great Car for First Car Purchase

by from Alhambra, CA on October 16, 2013

Love that I got the TDI Jetta. The diesel gets fantastic gas mileage and has good torque (I switched from a 1997 Ford explorer with a V8 engine and 4 wheel drive). I was a little afraid of the switch ...
Love that I got the TDI Jetta. The diesel gets fantastic gas mileage and has good torque (I switched from a 1997 Ford explorer with a V8 engine and 4 wheel drive). I was a little afraid of the switch to a smaller, lower driving, and less powerful vehicle, but I have been very surprised how nicely the Jetta TDI is doing with my old driving habits. I got the 17'' wheels and they prevent the bottom of the car from scraping when going over curbs that are a little inclined. The acceleration is a little slow, but once you get past 20mph it is great. The leather seating I got is also super nice and the touch start was a little different to get used to, but I am enjoying it as well as the keyless entry. Curbs well, but does seem a lot lighter when traveling faster speeds when compared to my old car. Overall, though, great purchase and I am super happy with the quality of the car as well as it performance!
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2013 Jetta Se w/connectivity Inline 5 cylinder

by from Tx on November 24, 2013

We looked at the chevy cruze as well as the ford focus. The Jetta overall was roomier with a much bigger trunk as well as split folding seats,better stereo system,inside is nicer than the other two,de...
We looked at the chevy cruze as well as the ford focus. The Jetta overall was roomier with a much bigger trunk as well as split folding seats,better stereo system,inside is nicer than the other two,despite the hard plastic dash and v-tex leatherette seating. Nothing wrong with the car so far ,oil changes are fairly easy except for the 15 dollar oil filter and it requiring 6 quarts of synthetic.Gas mileage is on the average side at around 32 miles per gallon,if all highway taking it easy I achieved high 30s low 40s. Decent power from the 5 speed manual transmission,highway speeds no need to downshift to speed up unless in a hurry of course.Headlights are fairly decent . Inside it has plenty room in back ,the middle armrest comes down and has a drop down compartment for long objects in trunk such a weight bar etc.Trunk pops open from a good distance although sometimes not opening all the way like it should.One dislike I have is the auxillary feature taking time to load instead of plug and play like other vehicles.Cruise control works good ,outside temp is displayed,average miles per gallon,speed in both analog and digital formats also displayed.One thing I did notice is the Speed being off by exactly 2 miles per hour off confirmed by gps,this can misread miles therefore throwing your warranty out sooner than it should.Ac works better than other cars on 100+ degree days and heater works great as well.Radio has volume increase or decrease with speed,bluetooth with stream from device(although takes longer than aux to load)Glove box is large with an ipad connection,armrest is adjustable,and Power seat is only on the drivers side. Full size spare comes with everything to change except the fullsize spare is a 195 not the f/s 205 on the car. Overall,I am satisfied with the vehicle. Note: car comes with 3 years/36k miles free service,I choose not use because I am weary of dealers.
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Jetta

by from Chicago area on July 1, 2013

Handles quite well, but steering colum has a notch on the bottom that constantly is in the way , and I end up hitting my right knee . To avoid the problem I have to readjust my seat everyday. Other t...
Handles quite well, but steering colum has a notch on the bottom that constantly is in the way , and I end up hitting my right knee . To avoid the problem I have to readjust my seat everyday. Other than that, nice ride good milage, overall satisfied. Solid car.
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