2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Review

The Volkswagen Jetta Sedan is the VW top selling compact car that made the brand to enjoy the monopoly in the segment of diesel vehicles in the United States. The diesel powerplant is not the only feature but the car has some other leading features of the segment like impressive rear leg room, massive cargo area of its class, fuel efficiency, comfort and of course ride quality.

Trims, Features and Specifications

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan is offered in gasoline and diesel powered models. The gasoline powered model is offered in three trims, the base S, SE and SEL. The diesel model is called the TDI. For the 2013, new hybrid model is also offered that comes in four trims, Base, SE, SEL and SEL Premium.

The look, styling and design language of all the trims of the Volkswagen Jetta Lineup is almost same however, moving up to the upper trims you may experience certain more efficient and appealing features. The car features body color bumpers, power and heated side view mirror, a pair of bold headlights, exterior signal mirrors, power windows with one touch up/down, horizontal bar slim front grille with “VW” Logo, laser seam welding and 15.5 cubic feet cargo area. The car sits on standard 17 inch alloy wheels with all season tires.

The interior of the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan is very appealing and soothing. The standard features are V-Tex Leatherette seating surface for extra comfort and smoothness, leather wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel with steering wheel mounted controls, driver and passenger vanity mirror, front and rear beverage holders, front and rear door bins, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, MDI with iPod cable and front heated seats. The car has a competitive advantage over its rivals that is the Jetta sedan is known for its matchless rear legroom, that is about 3 feet. The car is also equipped with some advance technology features including touchscreen navigation, Premium VIII touch screen audio system with HD radio, Bluetooth and audio streaming, Fender Premium Audio system and AUX-in for portable audio players.

Powertrains

Four engine choices are offered to the lineup of the Volkswagen Jetta 2013 sedan that include 2 gasoline engines, one TDi and one gas engine paired with an electric system. A 115 horsepower 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine mated with either a five speed manual or a six speed automatic with EPA rated fuel economy of 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway (manual) and 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway (Automatic. A 170 horsepower 2.5 liter five cylinder engine mated with the same transmission choices with EPA rated fuel economy of 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway (manual) and 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic).

The TDI version is powered by 140HP 2.0L Turbodiesel 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual with fuel economy of 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway.

The new hybrid version gets power from a 1.4 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that delivers 170 horsepower. The engine is paired with 7-speed dual clutch automated manual and fuel economy is 42 mpg city/48 mpg highway.

Safety

Intelligent crash response system, tire pressure monitoring, front and rear airbags, stability and traction control and panic alarm are standard.

Price and Availability

The prices range from $18,885 to $31,180 and is available in the market.

Competition

Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic sedan, Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda 3 are the key rivals.

Pros

Impressive fuel economy models (TDI and Hybrid)

Leading third row leg room

Well equipped and quiet cabin

Cons

Cramped automated manual transmission performance

The Verdict

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan is a compact car that is very affordable and has a long list of trims to choose from. The car has certain plastic trims in the interior to make it a cost effective model but for those looking for ride quality and driving dynamics should neglect the luxury factor.

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