2016 Volkswagen Jetta

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta
2016 Volkswagen Jetta

Key specs

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The good:

  • Fuel efficiency, especially diesel and hybrid models
  • Terrific manual transmission
  • Cornering poise
  • Supportive front seats
  • Rear-seat legroom
  • Big trunk

The bad:

  • Interior materials quality
  • Pricey for its class
  • Wind noise in cabin

12 trims

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Notable features

  • New 150-hp turbo base engine
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone mirroring now available
  • New active safety features available
  • Restyled Jetta GLI model
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Hybrid model offered

2016 Volkswagen Jetta review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Jetta is Volkswagen’s entrant in the compact-sedan segment. Available with a gas or diesel engine, the Jetta competes with the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Ford Focus. A performance-oriented Jetta GLI and a fuel-efficient Jetta Hybrid are also offered.

(Skip to details on the: Jetta GLI and Jetta Hybrid)

New for 2016
A 150-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is the Jetta’s new base engine, and a new available multimedia system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring on the car’s dashboard screen. New active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking and automatic post-collision braking, which is designed to reduce the incidence of secondary impacts after a crash.

Significant Standard Features

  • 150-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Touch-screen stereo
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • USB port
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • 150-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Power moonroof
  • Backup camera
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Fender premium audio
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Navigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Jetta GLI

The Jetta GLI gets a sportier appearance and upgraded features for 2016. It’s powered by a 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that works with a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

What’s Special

  • Honeycomb grille
  • Rear diffuser
  • Sport suspension
  • LED taillights
  • Red accent stitching

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Jetta Hybrid

Besides the fuel-saving TDI diesel versions of the Jetta compact sedan, Volkswagen sells a gas-electric hybrid model that competes with the Toyota Prius.

What’s Special

  • EPA-estimated 42/48/44 mpg city/highway/combined
  • Can travel up to 44 mph on electric power alone
  • 150-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine that works with a 27-hp electric motor
  • Electric motor is powered by a 1.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack behind the rear seat
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Unique grille styling
  • Power gauge takes the place of a tachometer in instrument panel

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


My first purchase

This car is gorgeous. The interior is sleek and beautiful. I love the body style the gas milage is amazing. This was my very first time buying a car and this one is so reliable and exactly what I needed.


Awesome 👍 job Jason!!!

This car meet all my husband needs, he says' it's roomy , is great on gas, insurance is not too high, and he is comfortable.


Sport or SEL is the way to go!

Overall this is a great car for the money! Jetta is definitely best in class. Worth checking out if you are shopping for a car in the segment.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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