2018 Volkswagen Jetta

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$18,645–$29,545 MSRP range
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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

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 First Drive

Joe Wiesenfelder

CARS.COM — Volkswagen has impressed us recently with wins in our compact and three-row SUV Challenges, with models that should become big sellers if U.S. buyers know what's good for them. But for now, the brand's best-seller in America remains the Jetta compact sedan. For cars, Americans tend to prefer trunks to hatches, and the version currently on sale was developed for the 2011 model year to suit U.S. tastes.

Related: Volkswagen: Hello New Jetta, Bye-Bye Beetle?

For 2019, VW has developed an all-new, seventh-generation Jetta on a newer platform, known internally as MQB, that somehow is flexible enough to underpin everything from the wee Audi TT coupe to the hulking Atlas three-row SUV. Thanks to newfound autonomy after Volkswagen decentralized into five global regions, the North American region welcomed journalists to its Arizona Proving Grounds south of Phoenix for the first time since its construction in 1992 to drive early builds of the 2019 Jetta. The cars I drove were wrapped in zebra print on the outside and fairly covered up on the inside as well, but VW sources said they are American-spec vehicles and essentially preproduction off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico meaning they're not hand-built prototypes. Many of the all-new models Cars.com tests before they hit dealerships fit the same description.

Specifications aren't available yet, but the 2019 doesn't seem to have gotten much larger I'd estimate less ... Read More


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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

SO much better!

by dustyg from grand junction, co on July 15, 2018

I bought the 2018 VW jetta last month and I LOVE it. I bought a new chevy traverse last year and it turned out to be everything I didn't want in a vehicle. The jetta is such an upgrade. Its ... Read full review

(2.0)

bad rental

by buyatoyota from scarborough on July 1, 2018

before it looked old , now ,,, well just its,,BUTT UGLY just as noise as the last jettas ,m uderpowered if need more power going to cost more Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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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