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Volkswagen Jetta

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The Jetta has been around for decades, selling more than 17 million worldwide. The Jetta has historically been something of a premium offering in the compact-car class — priced accordingly — but that's changed in recent years as Volkswagen has looked to broaden the car's appeal in the U.S. Diesel and hybrid versions have been offered in the past, as well as a wagon body style, but it now comes only as a sedan powered by a turbocharged gas four-cylinder engine. It’s been redesigned for the 2019 model year, and a six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty helps set it apart from competitors.

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2019 Jetta

Redesigned in 2019
2019 Jetta Generation, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta model shown Showing the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Find out if this car is the best match for you

Larger than its predecessor and riding on a longer wheelbase, the redesigned 2019 Jetta has a slightly lower starting price than the outgoing model. Power comes from a 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Though a six-speed manual transmission is standard, most trim levels have an eight-speed automatic. A touchscreen multimedia system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard. Available active safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist.

  • MSRP Range $18,545–$27,440
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 63 reviews
  • Combined MPG 34
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

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2011–2018 Jetta

Redesigned in 2011
Showing the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Find out if this car is the best match for you

With the Jetta's 2011 redesign, Volkswagen significantly dropped the car's starting price but also lowered its cabin quality. A hybrid model with a turbocharged gas engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission debuted for 2013 and lasted a handful of model years, but gas- and diesel-powered Jettas were the mainstream versions.

  • MSRP Range $18,645–$29,545
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 38 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-33
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2018
  • 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
  • MSRP Range $9,512–$27,333
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 193 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-33
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2017
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Lineup trimmed to four models
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard on all but base trim
  • Three engine choices
  • Manual and automatic transmissions
  • Current List Price $9,265–$19,581
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 77 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-33
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2016
  • 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
  • Current List Price $9,044–$17,556
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 117 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-36
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2015
  • Mild restyling for 2015
  • New advanced safety features available
  • Gas, diesel or hybrid powertrains
  • Active grille shutter available
  • Current List Price $8,063–$18,215
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 147 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-34
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2014
  • Newly available turbo 1.8-liter engine
  • Newly standard independent rear suspension
  • 30th Anniversary GLI
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Sedan or wagon body style
  • Hybrid version offered
  • Current List Price $7,291–$16,755
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 111 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-34
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2013
  • GLI version now makes 210 hp
  • Low starting price
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Sedan or wagon body style
  • Hybrid version offered
  • Current List Price $5,737–$14,809
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 119 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-35
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2012
  • New GLI version for 2012
  • Low starting price
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Wagon body style
  • Current List Price $5,035–$13,383
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 108 reviews
  • Combined MPG 28-35
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2011
  • Redesigned sedan for 2011
  • Significantly lower starting price
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Increased backseat room
  • Wagon continues in previous form

2006–2010 Jetta

Redesigned in 2006
Showing the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Find out if this car is the best match for you

Featuring all-new, sleeker styling, the redesigned 2006 Jetta was significantly larger on the outside than its predecessor and had more passenger and cargo room inside. A multi-link design was adopted for the rear suspension, in place of the previous torsion beam, and a diesel engine was still available in addition to a standard gas engine. The performance-oriented GLI got a larger, more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 200 hp.

  • Current List Price $3,396–$10,796
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 83 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-35
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2010
  • Optional diesel
  • Wagon model
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • Current List Price $2,742–$9,402
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 71 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-35
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2009
  • Optional diesel
  • Wagon model
  • GLI performance model
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • Current List Price $2,294–$8,162
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 61 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-25
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2008
  • More powerful five-cylinder engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • GLI performance model
  • Six standard airbags
  • Current List Price $2,201–$8,221
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 56 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2007
  • Manual or automatic
  • 200-hp GLI model
  • Wolfsburg, Fahrenheit special editions
  • Six standard airbags
  • Available stability system
  • Current List Price $1,867–$8,023
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 89 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-38
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2006
  • Gasoline or diesel power
  • Manual or automatic
  • New GLI performance model
  • Six standard airbags

1999–2005 Jetta

Redesigned in 1999
Showing the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta Find out if this car is the best match for you

The 1999 Jetta featured new exterior styling that gave the car slightly softer lines while still retaining the boxy design theme of its predecessor. A wagon body style joined the lineup in 2001. The base engine was a 115-hp, gas four-cylinder, but shoppers looking for more power could opt for a 174-hp, 2.8-liter V-6. A diesel was also offered.

  • Current List Price $1,222–$7,682
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 50 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-42
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2005
  • Redesigned as mid-2005 model
  • 150-hp inline-five- cylinder (new Jetta)
  • Available six-speed automatic (new Jetta)
  • Six standard airbags
  • Current List Price $1,391–$7,311
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 43 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-42
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

Notable Features in 2004
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Gasoline and diesel engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD layout
  • Current List Price $699–$6,851
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 54 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-46
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

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  • Current List Price $1,038–$6,066
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 48 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-46
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

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  • Current List Price $566–$5,470
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.8) 65 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-45
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan, Wagon

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  • Current List Price $785–$5,029
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.7) 38 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-45
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

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  • Current List Price $317–$5,005
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 15 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-45
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

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1993–1998 Jetta

Redesigned in 1993
Showing the 1998 Volkswagen Jetta Find out if this car is the best match for you

The 1993 Jetta sedan launched with an all-new aero-design. A 115-hp, four-cylinder gas engine was standard and worked with a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic was optional. An optional V-6 engine appeared for 1994, and a diesel engine rejoined the lineup in 1996.

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  • Current List Price $1,108–$2,060
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 10 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-44
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

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  • Current List Price $822–$3,694
  • Consumer Rating Not yet rated
  • Combined MPG 21-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

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