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Archive for the ‘Volkswagen Jetta’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Jetta GLI35

The new 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is just right. Presented at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show, the new hot Volkswagen compact sedan gained the much-needed overhaul with a fine upgrade that came from none other than the parts bins of the Golf GTI and the Golf R. It is a thoroughly improved car, with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, gasoline engine, a fresh new look, and a far more advanced suspension compared to the lesser units. Let me just say it – rear multi-link. It has it.

With the new model introduced in Chicago, Volkswagen USA officials actually noted that the new car will come with two trim levels, while the limited edition GLI 35 serves as sort of a high-end model of the GLI world.

Now, we’ve already learned a lot about the new Volkswagen Jetta GLI, but what about the Volkswagen Jetta GLI35?

PostHeaderIcon Is There Be Room in the VW Range for an Even Hotter 2020 Volkswagen Jetta R?

Volkswagen has launched a new 2020 Jetta GLI that borrows a lot of Golf GTI visual cues, as well as its powertrain and more advanced suspension. But the new GLI is only so extreme and, in fact, in China and other markets, you can actually get an even more powerful version of it that isn’t branded as anything special. The GLI is only the most powerful Jetta you can buy in North America.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 VW Jetta GLI vs 2019 Honda Civic Si Sedan

Volkswagen has finally given its Jetta sedan for North America the power, exclusivity, and extra sporting edge that some enthusiasts felt were missing from the package. The new 2020 Jetta GLI has addressed all those concerns and is now a model with enough brawn and sophistication to go head to head with all the sporty sedans in its size and price brackets. If you’re into fast driving, then you will be happy to note the new Jetta GLI gets the exact same engine as the (Golf) GTI, a standard limited-slip differential, and a snappy six-speed stick shift.

One of the new Jetta GLI’s main rivals is the2019 Honda Civic Si sedan, a very hard contender indeed. The Civic Si has a smaller displacement engine than the Jetta GLI, and has less power, but it is also quite a light car, one renowned for its excellent handling and road manners. It also looks somewhat sportier than the Jetta too, especially if you see its trunk lid-mounted wing, the center exhaust, and the aggressive overall design and stance.

If this were purely a visual comparison to discover which car looked more aggressive, that distinction would automatically go to the Civic Si. But it’s not all about the visuals, especially since the Jetta is more powerful than the Civic and it also has a more sophisticated independent rear suspension that VW doesn’t offer on any other Jetta model.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the latest performance-oriented version of the compact sedan. It’s based on the seventh-generation Jetta what was unveiled for the 2019 model year, and just like its predecessor, it rides on underpinnings borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf GTI. More aggressive than ever design-wise, the 2020 Jetta GLI is also the most powerful GLI ever built. Powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, it comes with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For the first time ever, the Jetta GLI comes close to the Subaru WRX, although it still doesn’t have an all-wheel-drive system. Find out more about the new Jetta GLI in the review below.

PostHeaderIcon 5 Reasons the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Needs a GTI Badge ASAP

The Jetta GLI returned to the market at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and needless to say, it’s cooler than it has ever been. Although the previous model was nothing to sneeze at, the seventh-gen GLI is a proper four-door GTI. The only thing that bugs is that Volkswagen didn’t drop the “GLI” badge for a proper Jetta GTI name. And here’s why I think it should have.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Jetta S by Jamie Orr

Well known Volkswagen enthusiast Jamie Orr thought of a fantastic project with Volkswagen of America – to build an awesome custom Volkswagen Jetta S in six weeks’ time and present it at this year’s SEMA. With the photos of his astounding Jetta bathing the fields of social networks all around the world, I am here to tell you about the tiresome, but fun six-week voyage Orr had to take to finish this project. Right now, the White Silver Jetta S is exposed at the SEMA Motor Show, and it showcases a wide array of aftermarket parts. Orr was directly involved with the development of these parts as they basically did not exist six weeks ago. Not in their physical form, not as 3D rendering pieces on a PC, or even as ideas. Well, right now, they garnish the exterior of possibly the best car Volkswagen showcased at SEMA this year. This all-involving project was focused on crafting aftermarket pieces from the ground up.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Jetta R-Line by H&R Special Springs

H&R Special Springs has been in the business of sports springs and dampers for decades and, from time to time, they bring a car to the SEMA Show as a moving display of their latest performance parts. This time, the Jetta R-Line received the H&R treatment, and it looks quite tasty.

The R-line sits in the middle of the current Jetta lineup with an MSRP of $22,945. It’s, as such, a budget commuter, but that doesn’t mean it forgoes build quality and performance. The seventh-generation compact sedan was chosen by three tuners as the starting point for their 2018 SEMA Show projects, one of them being H&R.

“Straight from the factory, the seventh-generation Jetta’s bold new design grabs people’s attention,” said Robert Gal, Senior Manager, Performance & Accessories, Volkswagen Sales & Marketing. “The fact that this group of top tuners and customizers chose it as a canvas for their offerings and creativity is further testament to its appeal.”

The German company’s modified Jetta features an eye-catching glossy Habanero orange paint with silver stripes on the sides, gunmetal gray wheels that sit adequately close to the wheel arches thanks to the H&R sporty suspension setup, and add-ons to the bumpers that enhance the car’s athletic appearance.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Used Cars For New Drivers

While most modern cars pack in the safety features and offer plenty of value-per-dollar, there are some out there that seem to stand above the rest. If you’re scouring the used market looking for just the right ride for your new driver, fear not, as we’ve put together a list that outlines ten models that are just a few years old, but still come with just about everything you could want.

Each entry also includes a rundown on crashworthiness, as tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that conducts research on almost all new cars.

So with that, read on for our list of the ten best-used cars for new drivers.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI may Debut at the Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen recently unveiled the 2019 Jetta, and the itch to see the sportier version is getting worse day by day. Guess our prayers just got answered. Speaking to Autoblog, Volkswagen Brazil’s Head of Design, José Carlos Pavone, hinted that the Jetta GLI might be coming soon. And, by coming soon, he means the upcoming Detroit Motor Show in January.

PostHeaderIcon The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

Finding the right car for you isn’t exactly easy. From horsepower to mpg, interior room to standard equipment, there’s a lot to take in and consider. Of course, doing your homework is critical to finding that perfect ride, and luckily, if you’re looking for something under the $20K-mark, we’ve got you covered right here.

Continue reading for the full list.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SoCal Concept

The latest-generation Volkswagen Jetta was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and promises to reshape the affordable compact segment with its design and features. Although it’s slightly cheaper than the outgoing model, it’s decidedly more modern inside the cabin and has enough features to tackle the upper market of the affordable compact segment. It’s plenty powerful too, using a 1.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. With the sedan arriving at dealers in May 2018, Volkswagen celebrates the new-generation Jetta with a tuned-up model developed by Fifteen52. It’s based on the R-Line model, and it’s called the SoCal Concept.

Inspired by the second-generation Jetta that was built between 1984 and 1992 in Pennsylvania, the SoCal concept is described as a “heritage-based design with modern accents.” I can’t really spot those heritage design cues Volkswagen is talking about (I’m probably not old enough), but the concept sedan definitely looks unique. And it’s not too wild either, so the German could offer this four-door in a limited-edition production model. It probably won’t happen, but it remains an interesting take on a popular and affordable model.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SoCal Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Showcases Four New Concepts at SOWO in Georgia

Volkswagen has a bit of a reputation for providing some pretty boring concepts, but the four new concepts it brought to SOWO this hear are cool as hell. Volkswagen says they represent the tastes of Volkswagen enthusiasts, which isn’t exactly a good explanation of why there’s so much bright yellow. What we have here is a modified Golf R, Jetta R-Line, Tiguan R-Line, and an Arteon R-Line, all with their own special way of standing out that is quite intriguing and refreshing at the same time.

PostHeaderIcon The Volkswagen GLI Will Have Golf GTI Power and Suspension

Unveiled earlier this year, thenew Volkswagen Jetta is a big step forward from the nameplate, as it looks more elegant and features a more upscale interior. On the flipside, it lacks the sportiness of its predecessor. This will change soon with the Jetta GLI model, which is rumored to arrive with the same engine and suspension setup as the Golf GTI. Needless to say, this is great news!

PostHeaderIcon Take That, Europe! Volkswagen Says The Jetta Isn’t Crossing the Atlantic

The all-new Volkswagen Jetta made a big impression at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. It has an all-new design, improved interior space, better fuel efficiency, and packs its fair share of tech and safety features. The new Jetta is expected to spearhead VW’s presence in the U.S., but don’t expect the same treatment over in Europe because the sedan isn’t headed there.


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“Volkswagen didn’t give a clear reason about its decision to keep the new Jetta away from Europe, but if you’re paying close attention, the answer to that reason is sitting right in front of you”

If you’re surprised by this development, don’t be. Volkswagen didn’t give a clear reason about its decision to keep the new Jetta away from Europe, but if you’re paying close attention, the answer to that reason is sitting right in front of you. It has everything to do with the Jetta itself, specifically its physical characteristics.

We know now that the Jetta is longer, wider, and taller than the model its replacing. In other words, it’s a much larger model that measures a little too close to the European-spec Volkswagen Passat sedan. If Volkswagen brings the Jetta to Europe, there’s a possibility that both models could cannibalize sales from each other. That may not be a big deal if sedans are selling like hot pancakes in that region, but the opposite actually rings true.

Sales of sedans are falling all over Europe. As such, it won’t make sense for Volkswagen to bring the new and bigger Jetta to that market and turn it into a competitor to one of its own models. Fortunately, the new Jetta is headed to China where it will carry the name “Sagitar.”


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“The U.S. is the sedan’s biggest and most important market”

If you’re also wondering why Volkswagen chose the Detroit Auto Show as the place to launch the all-new Jetta, there’s your answer. The U.S. is the sedan’s biggest and most important market. In the course of its life, more than 3.2 million units of the Jetta have been sold in this market alone.

Those numbers, combined with the potential of the all-new model, should once again make the Jetta one of the more sought-after compact premium sedans in the U.S. The model goes on sale in the second quarter of 2018. Four trim levels — S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium — will be offered, with prices starting at $18,545.

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PostHeaderIcon The Next-Gen Volkswagen Jetta is Loaded To The Brim With Tech Features

The sedan market in the U.S. is teetering on the ropes, struggling to keep its share of the automotive sales pie amidst the rush of crossovers and SUVs that have been selling like hot pancakes. Volkswagen isn’t immune to this shift in perception. Thankfully, it still has the Jetta to keep it relevant in this changing times. The compact sedan remains VW’s best-selling model, and the German automaker’s all-new Jetta has the makings of a model that can help stem the tide for #teamsedan.


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“The most prominent tech addition is the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Display, a new interface that provides unprecedented reconfiguration capabilities”

There are so many things to discuss regarding the new Volkswagen Jetta. Every single element of it is worth mentioning. That includes the sedan finally — finally! — getting acquainted with Volkswagen’s all-world MQB platform. But we’ll save the assembling of all pertinent details to the review. For now, we’re putting a spotlight on one of the most underrated aspects of the new sedan: the tech features.

To say that the Jetta is loaded with tech bits is a massive understatement. It’s overflowing with them.

The most prominent tech addition is the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Display, a new interface that provides unprecedented reconfiguration capabilities, allowing drivers to view useful bits like navigation or vehicle settings, all of which can be viewed directly in the speedometer display. Of course, you’re going to have to pay a premium to get the Digital Cockpit Display as standard equipment. It comes standard on the SEL and SEL Premium trims, the two higher trim levels among the four trim options that Volkswagen is offering for the sedan.


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“In addition to the Digital Cockpit Display, the all-new Jetta also gets VW’s Car-Net system, which unlocks the sedan to a world of connected vehicle services”

In addition to the Digital Cockpit Display, the all-new Jetta also gets VW’s Car-Net system, which unlocks the sedan to a world of connected vehicle services, including App-Connect technology. If you want smartphone integration on your Jetta, App-Connect is your calling card. The Car-Net system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. In the world of “firsts”, the Jetta is also the first Volkswagen model in the US to offer Beats Audio’s 400-watt audio system.

The Jetta also isn’t lacking in safety goodies. You might have to pay extra for some of them, but if you’re looking to turn the sedan into a cocoon of safety, you can get anything from forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is set to become available later this year. Four trim levels — S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium — are available, with prices starting at $18,545.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: The Automotive Sausage Fest Is Real!

And how are you folks doing in the new year? Any new year resolutions for 2018? Nah, don’t bother, I don’t care. It’s not like these resolutions last more than a few weeks anyway. But hey, since we’re allowed to make wishes I’m gonna blow the candles and say it: I wish automakers would stop making all their cars look the same. I hate the corporate look strategy. I used to only hate Audi for doing it, but this thing spread like the Black Plague in recent years. Mercedes is also doing the “same sausage, different lengths” thing and BMW is very close to implementing it across the range. It will be complete once the 6 Series is phased out. It’s a sausage fest I’m telling you, and it just got worse!

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“What was once an Audi thing, spread like the plague throughout the group.”

Have you seen the sketches of the upcoming Volkswagen Jetta? If not, check out our review, I’ll give you a few moments. Looking good right? I no longer feel like I want to kill myself when I look at it. Sure, the front end is taken off the Passat and it’s not very inspiring but I don’t mind. I get the marketing behind the corporate look. But that rear end has Audi A4 written all over it. Just like the Passat looks like a poor man’s A6. And how the Toledo looks like the A4 and the Leon X-Perience looks like the A4 Allroad.

Yup, not only have most Volkswagen Group brands adopted the “same sausage, different lengths” approach on their own, but they’re actually using it as some sort of group identity. What was once an Audi thing, spread like the plague throughout the group. And it sucks! While I’m not a fan of products from the dirty VAG, I always loved the fact that the Seat Leon is significantly different from the Volkswagen Golf it was based on. Or that the Audi R8 has its own identity, despite sharing underpinnings with the Lamborghini Huracan. But, everything else has become increasingly diluted in recent years and it appears to be getting worse.

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“We're an inch away from getting perfectly identical cars that are only longer and wider depending on the segment they're competing in”

It’s not only Volkswagen that is being moved closer and closer to Audi up the premium ladder, but it’s also using more and more styling cues from its Ingolstadt cousin. Just look at the Passat, Arteon, and now the Jetta. Even Seat models are starting to look more and more like their Volkswagen counterparts, also getting Audi bits here and there. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that the next-generation Touareg is a rebadged, poor man’s Audi Q7, either.

We’re an inch away from getting perfectly identical cars that are only longer and wider depending on the segment they’re competing in. Damn, even “The Flintstones” animated series had more exciting cars than Volkswagen. Footmobile power!

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The latest-generation Volkswagen Jetta was launched in 2010 and production for North America began the same year in Puebla, Mexico. Larger than its predecessor, the sixth-gen Jetta was relegated from the premium segment into the same market as the highly popular Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. In order to keep costs down, Volkswagen removed the leather seats option and the multi-link suspension from the American model. Come 2018, and the German firm launched brand-new model that aims to move the Jetta closer to the premium market again.

Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with the company’s recent corporate design, seen on the larger Passat and the Arteon sedans, the new Jetta is a significant departure from its predecessor in just about any department. Fresh and sleek on the outside, the four-door pack more technology than ever and Volkswagen claims that it’s loaded with premium features. It also rides on a new platform, switching to the flexible, all-popular MQB after two generations on PQ35 underpinnings. Let’s find out more about these changes in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Jetta.

Exterior

  • Sportier design
  • Passat-inspired features
  • What’s with the Audi A4 rear end?
  • Longer and wider
  • Massive grille
  • Sleek roofline
  • LED lights standard

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“The new Jetta is a significant departure from the old model, but its styling is far from revolutionary”

A quick glance at the compact is enough to notice that Volkswagen has put a lot of effort in redesigning the Jetta. Almost eight years old, the previous Jetta was pretty dated and obviously boring design-wise, especially when compared to the company’s more recent products. But while the new Jetta is a significant departure from the old model, its styling is far from revolutionary. Much like Audi, VW has taken the “same sausage, different lengths” route in recent years and the Jetta is no exception from this rule.

Now sporting a clean look with angular lines front and rear, the Jetta is obviously inspired by the larger Passat, and I can even spot some Arteon cues in there. But this isn’t a bad thing, as all these new styling cues make the new Jetta sexier than ever. On top of that, it’s very elegant for such a small four-door and sportier than expected, even without the sleek R-Line package.


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“It has a new, bold front fascia with one of the largest grille ever seen on a Volkswagen”

It has a new, bold front fascia with one of the largest grille ever seen on a Volkswagen. The angular headlamps give the car an angry look, despite seeming a bit too large for the design. Slimmer light would’ve been perfect. The look is completed by a sculpted bumper with big daytime running lights at the corners and a wide intake placed just above the splitter.

The profile is also surprisingly sporty, blending a coupe-like roof, short overhangs, and a protruding beltline. The latter isn’t very original, as it resembles the character line of the BMW 3 Series, but it’s a cool addition and a big improvement over the previous, featureless Jetta.

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“The rear fascia is fresh and sporty, but it looks an awful lot like the Audi A4”

But there’s a bigger issue around back. While the rear fascia is fresh and sporty, it looks an awful lot like the Audi A4. The long and slender, two-piece headlamps, the trunklid spoiler, and big license plate recess are only mild interpretations of those seen on the premium A4. Even the bumper configuration is similar, with the thin, red lights placed just above the large exhaust pipes. Granted, some A4 models have round tips, but I’ve seen a few with trapezoidal units as well. The huge amount of A4 details prevent me from enjoying the Jetta as much as I should. It’s a shame that Volkswagen wasn’t able to come up with a more original design, although I have a feeling that this won’t bother the usual customers too much.

The sedan is also longer and wider, with the short overhangs providing a longer wheelbase too. Finally, full LED lights are standard front and rear, an exclusive feature in this segment. Yes, Volkswagen is moving the Jetta closer to the premium market again.

Interior

  • Clean dashboard design
  • New infotainment system
  • New, softer materials
  • Optional leather seats
  • 10-color ambient lighting
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • New driver assistance features

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“The seats and door panels have been redesigned and come wrapped in new upholstery colors”

While not yet dated, at least when compared to other vehicles on the market, the outgoing Jetta’s interior was incredibly boring. Sure, the same was available for almost every other affordable compact a few years ago, but the Jetta needed a drastic makeover to bounce back. And Volkswagen delivered by creating a modern, fresh-looking cockpit for a four-door that’s supposed to tackle the upper market of the affordable compact segment.

The dashboard is no longer flat, now employing various angular lines and a more pronounced two tier design. The new infotainment display sits at the top, with the trapezoidal HVAC vents moved lower in the center stack. The control layout is much cleaner, while the new storage console is large enough to fit a standard iPad. The instrument cluster area feels sportier. The steering wheel is the only element that remained unchanged, with just minor upgrades to the control section.


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“New options include 10-color ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats”

The seats and door panels have been redesigned too and come wrapped in new upholstery colors. Volkswagen claims that it used higher quality and softer materials in the new Jetta. While this is evident in the photos, I can’t say it’s on par with other compact premium cars.

New options include 10-color ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, power driver’s seat with memory function, leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The infotainment screen is also new, making all vehicle information easily accessible. The Driver Personalization setting with up to four driver setting is standard and includes setups for driver seat memory, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit arrangement (if equipped), ambient lighting color, radio presets, and navigation view.


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“It's the only Volkswagen available with a 400-watt audio system in the U.S.”

The new Digital Cockpit instrument cluster is optional on the base model and standard on SEL and SEL Premium trims. It comes with a reconfigurable display and the possibility to position navigation data in front of the driver. Features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink integration, as well as the 400-watt Beats Audio sound system are optional. The latter makes the Jetta the first Volkswagen in the U.S. to offer such a powerful audio system.

There’s bigger news in the driver assistance department, with new technology available. The rearview camera is standard on every model, while the options list includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Control, and Lane Departure Warning.

Drivetrain

  • New MQB platform
  • turbocharged, 1.4-liter engine
  • 147 horsepower
  • 184 pound-feet of torque
  • New six-speed manual
  • Optional eight-speed automatic
  • Start/stop system

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“The big news under the skin is that the Jetta adopted the flexible MQB platform”

The big news under the skin is that the Jetta finally ditched the old PQ35 platform, used since 2005. The sedan will now ride on the flexible MQB platform, shared with the Audi A3, Volkswagen Arteon, Atlas, T-Roc, and Polo, among other vehicles.

Volkswagen didn’t have much to say about the drivetrain, but it did confirm that the new compact uses a turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection. The unit cranks out 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. That’s a three horsepower decrease compared to the outgoing 1.4-liter mill, but it keeps the Jetta at the top of the compact class output-wise.


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“The 1.4-liter unit cranks out 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet”

But while the engine didn’t change much, it mates to a new six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is offered optionally on the base model and standard on the higher trims and includes a start/stop system for improved fuel economy. There aren’t any EPA estimates yet, but the new platform, the revised engine, and the new transmissions should make the new Jetta more efficient that the previous model. The outgoing sedan returns 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, so it’s safe to assume that the redesigned model will surpass the 40-mpg mark on the highway.

Prices


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The new Volkswagen Jetta will retail from $18,545. That’s a $100 drop compared to the outgoing model. The range-topping model will cost around $30,000 before options. Each car will come with the new People First Warranty with 6-years/72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) coverage. The new-generation sedan will be offered in the same four trims as the previous model: S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium, with an R-Line model to join the lineup at launch. Expect to find it in showrooms in the second quarter of 2018.

Competition

Toyota Corolla


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The world’s best selling nameplate since the 1990s, the Toyota Corolla is the car to beat in this segment. Introduced in 2013, the latest-generation Corolla may be a little old for the upcoming Jetta, but it’s still the most popular choice in most markets. However, it’s interior doesn’t feel as fresh and its limited drivetrain choices in the U.S. doesn’t make it as appealing to customers who want a bit more oomph. The compact is available with just one engine here, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, rated at either 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque or 140 horses and 126 pound-feet. The CVT transmission is standard, but Toyota also offers a six-speed manual. Mileage varies between 27 to 28 mpg city and 35 to 36 mpg highway depending on drivetrain. Pricing starts from $18,550 for the base model and goes up to $22,730 for the range-topping trim.

Read our full story on the Toyota Corolla.

Honda Civic


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The Civic is yet another compact that Volkswagen wants to steal customers from. Unlike the Corolla, the Civic sedan is brand-new for 2018 and boasts a sportier appearance. It’s notably larger than its predecessor and the Si model looks aggressive even when compared to the Jetta sketches above. Motivation comes from three different engines, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. More oomph comes from the more expensive trims, which get juice from the turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-pot with 174 horses and 162 pound-feet. The tiny powerplant is found in the Si model too, rated at 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet. The Si also enables Honda to better compete with the GLI version of the Jetta. Pricing starts from $18,840 for the base model, while the Touring trim retails from $26,700. The higher performance Si fetches $24,100 before options.

Read our full review of the Honda Civic and Honda Civic Si.

Chevrolet Cruze


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The Cruze also received a significant redesign recently, being only two years old for the 2018 model year. Now sporting a more upscale look and a premium-oriented interior, the current Cruze is being praised for its attractive cabin, appealing convenience and technology packages, and ample rear-seat legroom. The standard turbocharged, 1.4-liter engine, rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet, returns solid fuel economy at 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. And unlike the competition, Chevy offers a diesel option in the form of a 1.6-liter EcoTec four-cylinder that cranks out 137 horses and 240 pound-feet of twist. The oil burner returns 30 mpg city and 52 mpg highway, the best mileage in this comparison. The Cruze is also the most affordable option, retailing from $17,850. In diesel trim, pricing starts from $22,195.

Read our full story on the Chevrolet Cruze.

Conclusion


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The new Volkswagen Jetta is definitely an exciting car. Especially when compared to the outgoing model. The previous sedan was not only dated technology- and feature-wise, but it was also pretty boring to look at. Volkswagen fixed all of that and then some. I’m not a big fan of the Audi A4 rear end and the BMW-esque beltline, but I agree that the new design gave the Jetta a much-need refresh. I doubt it will raise above the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic sales-wise anytime soon, but it should attract more customers into Volkswagen dealerships.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.


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PostHeaderIcon Next-Gen Volkswagen Jetta Teased for 2018 Detroit Auto Show Debut

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is coming for the North American market. While it is rumored to make its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2018, Volkswagen Canada kicked off the teasing game for the sedan on its website with a single gif of the car sitting in the shadows. A light then moves over and around the sedan, showing bits and pieces of the new Jetta’s styling characteristics.

There’s not much to go on because the gif itself doesn’t reveal a lot of useful details. The moving light does focus on a few revealing bits, including what looks like a new front grille, a redesigned bumper, and more angular headlights. The body lines also look more prominent, though that could also be the shadows playing visual tricks on our eyes. Regardless of what the gif is trying to tease, Volkswagen’s North American president Heinrich Woebcken has already come out and described the new Jetta as being “strong,” super modern,” and “emotional.”

“We have given the car a North American ‘touch’ but not always in terms of low-cost and less content, but in much more specific needs of the market,” Woebcken added in his conversation with VW Vortex.. “The Jetta will be, for me, a symbolic statement that Volkswagen is changing by really allowing to listen to American customers, American dealers, what the market needs.”

Woebcken’s comments add another layer of expectation surrounding the new Jetta. It paints the new sedan as having been created with the American customer in mind. That would make sense because even with declining sales in the last few years, the Jetta is still Volkswagen’s best-selling model in the US. Last year, more than 121,000 units of the sedan sold. This year’s no different as more than 100,000 units of the Jetta have already been delivered to US owners.


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The new Jetta is expected to launch sometime next year as a 2019 model. A sportier R-Line version will also be in the pipeline. Same thing with a GLI version that will include an option for a manual gearbox, something that the current 2018 Jetta GLI model does not have.

Expect Volkswagen to reveal more details on the all-new Volkswagen Jetta when the car officially makes its debut at the 2018 NAIAs in January 2018.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.


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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Makes A Good Family Car

This week has seen a 2018 Volkswagen Jetta SE in my driveway. While there are plenty of interesting aspects to the car, the overarching theme is practicality wrapped in a reserved package. Where most compact sedans use flowy lines and outlandish styling to attract attention, the Jetta remains straight-laced. This no-nonsense approach to styling carries over into the car, making it about as honest as a family sedan can get. For that, I’ve got to give it props.

The Jetta might be labeled a compact sedan, but it offers 94 cubic feet of passenger volume and 16 cubic feet of trunk space. Rear passengers enjoy 38.1 inches of legroom, 37.1 inches of headroom, and 55.2 inches of shoulder room. Though I’m not a tall guy, I had plenty of space sitting behind the driver’s seat set adjusted for me. Comparatively, the 2017 Honda Civic, one of the most popular cars in the segment, has 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, an equal amount of rear-seat headroom, 55 inches of rear seat shoulder room, and 37.4 inches of rear legroom.
The Civic sedan is down about one cubic-foot of trunk space, too.

In practice, the Jetta is roomy for four adults. The rear bench can seat three in a pinch, but two is far more comfortable. My five-year-old daughter’s booster seat fits nicely back here, as well, snugly nestled between the side bolster and the seatbelt latch. The seatbelt is easy enough for her to use and buckle by herself. She can even open and close the rear door on her own, making the school pickup line much less stressful. Despite the roomy feel, the Jetta is small enough mom and dad can reach back and touch the kids – either to hand them something or “administer a hand of justice.”

Mom and dad also have plenty of room up front with plenty of storage spots. Best of all, the 2018 Jetta SE comes at a bargain. My tester had no options, preserving its $21,245 MSRP. Volkswagen does tack on $850 for destination and delivery, but that’s a typical price for any new vehicle. The Jetta’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is also inexpensive to fuel. The EPA estimates the Jetta with the five-speed manual to get 28 mpg city, an impressive 40 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined. I averaged right at 33 mpg during the week.

Stay tuned for the full, driven review of the 2018 VW Jetta and be sure to check out my other coverage of the car down below.

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Read our driven review on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.


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Read more about it in our 2018 Volkswagen Jetta SE: An Overview.


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PostHeaderIcon How The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Proves Simple Is Better

This week I’m driving the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta SE – one trim up from the base model. It’s a no-frills sedan that doesn’t skimp on most modern “necessities” like power windows, keyless entry, and push-button start. There’s even a 6.3-inch touch screen with satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. But one thing it’s missing is fancy controls for its HVAC system. Rather, this single-zone system has the three old-school knobs, three buttons, and nothing more. But you know what? It just works.

To understand my amazement of these simplistic controls, you’ve got to look at the Cadillac CTS-V I was driving last week. While I love that 640-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V-8, Cadillac’s CUE system spoiled my warm fuzzy feelings. Ask anyone and they’ll same the same – the CUE system is hard to use and requires taking eyes off the road and concentration in order to operate. Even the adjusting the HVAC’s temperature or fan speed settings is hard. The touch-sensitive, piano black surface of CUE sometimes didn’t respond to inputs and fingerprints were always visible.

Three minutes behind the Jetta’s leather-wrapped steering wheel, and I can operate the HVAC system without even looking. The knobs satisfyingly click as they rotate, making super simple to gauge how far you’ve turned them. What’s more, the direction and defrost knob allows for fine tuning between settings. For example, I can turn the knob one or two clicks towards the “feet” setting and still have the majority of air blowing at my face while my toes receive a slight breeze. It’s amazing.

So, here’s the thing. Automakers have a tendency to overcomplicate the little things. While this sometimes works in adding convenience, other times it only adds complexity and user frustration. I’d consider the Jetta’s HVAC controls more “luxurious” than the Cadillac’s CUE controls. Why? Simplicity wins out. Thankfully, Volkswagen’s upgraded HVAC controls with an automatic mode and dual-zone temperatures is just as simple to use, though it does lose out of the awesome adjustability between vent locations.

What do you think? Do you like simplicity over “high-tech,” yet complex controls? Do you consider simplicity a luxury? Let me know in the comments below.

References

Volkswagen Jetta


2017 Volkswagen Jetta SE - Driven - image 729228

Read our driven review on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.

Read more about it in our 2018 Volkswagen Jetta SE: An Overview.

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