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2018 Volkswagen Jetta

$18,645 — $29,545 MSRP
Sedan
5 Seats
27-33 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
38 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

I got a runt of the litter ...

by VWBEGOOD2018 from Fort Lauderdale,FL on August 21, 2018

I?ve had quite a few Volkswagens for years. I leased the 2018 Jetta SE and it?s been nothing but a headache. They have replace my passenger motor window, driver side switch for the window, they had to ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car to drive

by thePrincessOreo from Plymouth, MA on July 26, 2018

I drove this car while mine was being serviced it was awesome. It took the road great was good on curves in the road was a good ride. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
advanced

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker