2018 Volkswagen Jetta

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$18,645–$29,545 MSRP range

Key Specs

of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    150-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Terrific manual transmission
  • Cornering poise
  • Supportive front seats
  • Rear-seat legroom
  • Big trunk
  • Warranty

The Bad

  • Interior materials quality
  • Pricey for its class
  • Wind noise in cabin
2018 Volkswagen Jetta exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

  • New Wolfsburg Edition and SE Sport models
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Backup camera standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity available
  • Performance-oriented Jetta GLI available

2018 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The five-seat Jetta is Volkswagen's entry in the compact sedan segment. The Jetta competes with the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. A performance-oriented Jetta GLI is also offered. A redesigned Jetta will debut for the 2019 model year.

New for 2018

A new Wolfsburg Edition features a front sport bumper with foglights, a Wolfsburg badge, heated simulated-leather front seats, a trunk pass-through and heated windshield-washer nozzles. The new SE Sport model gets a sunroof and black accents inside and out, including 17-inch black wheels. All versions have a six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper transferable warranty.

Jetta GLI

The Jetta GLI has a sportier appearance than the regular Jetta and is powered by a 210-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

What's Special

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Honeycomb grille
  • Rear diffuser
  • Sport suspension
  • LED taillights
  • Red accent stitching

Latest 2018 Jetta Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

Latest Reviews


So far very comfortable car

by Topkat from Worcester pa on April 13, 2018

Great value for the money wolfsburg is a little sportier Good ride good fuel economy Typicla German ridd Tight smooth Quiet I recommend thus car to any one C testa Read full review


Jetta is the best car.

by Annrr from Forest Knolls, CA. on April 11, 2018

The Jetta is SAFE, solid, zippy, great mpg, great service at my dealer, smells great, small yet big, I could go on... VW has come a long way, and it’s a solid, reliable brand. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Jetta received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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