2013 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta
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A Wonderful Car

by from Boston, MA on October 18, 2013

I searched around for a car for about 6 months before finally deciding on the Jetta. I decided to purchase a 2013 Jetta 2.5 SE with convenience. I bought mine right as the 2014's were rolling out to a...
I searched around for a car for about 6 months before finally deciding on the Jetta. I decided to purchase a 2013 Jetta 2.5 SE with convenience. I bought mine right as the 2014's were rolling out to avoid the new engine (because it had a turbo) and for a pretty decent discount. It has been a little over two months since I've purchased the car and I have put on 4700 miles as of today. One of the main reasons I purchased a Jetta was because of its standard features that rose above the competition. The interior is quite nice; however the quality is a bit disappointing. It's a gorgeous design, but everything is hard plastic. I have noticed a few rattles develop from the front passenger seat also. With the SE model I got heated seats that look and feel just like leather, but they're a leatherette. They are very comfortable and have nice side bolster. The steering wheel, covered in stitched leather, is phenomenal. It has bolsters that are easy to grip while driving. A favorite feature of mine is all of the multimedia options. I have regular radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and and MDI connector. I have an iPhone 4S which works great with the system. The voice control works better than the one in our 2007 Lexus RX350. The backseat and trunk are huge for an entry level car. More importantly, the car drives well. It's pretty quick off its feet, but passing is sometimes slow (for someone who is used to driving six-cylinder cars). I usually drive in tiptronic mode where you can "manually" shift your own gears. Sport mode is good too, but it holds the revs too high while just cruising at a constant speed. Steeling feel isn't as bad as its criticized to be; I love taking exit ramps and turns in my Jetta! It isn't the absolute best, but it's no where near the worst; I'd say much better than average. The engine does seem to make an odd growl at low RPM's, but it's probably just unique to the five cylinder. Reliability wise, I can't say anything bad other than the rattle from the passenger seat, but that's probably more of a quality issue. Overall, I think the Jetta is a fantastic car with a gorgeous design, but could use some work with materials inside the cabin and maybe a little more road feedback steering-wise. I also think that seventeen inch wheels would look much better than the standard sixteens, but those can be optioned on with the SEL model. I highly recommend this car for it is great fun to drive, has a comfortable interior, and has many more features than its competitors.
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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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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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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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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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2013 VW

by from Guelph, Ontario on July 5, 2014

Many issues with this car, seat heat is not working, door lock didn't work, bad tire, plastic seal lose, air condition not working.........all these issues in the first 6 months
Many issues with this car, seat heat is not working, door lock didn't work, bad tire, plastic seal lose, air condition not working.........all these issues in the first 6 months
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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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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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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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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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