Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 17, 2013


The Volkswagen Jetta has models for different needs, desires and budgets. The Jetta S with its attractive price is not the best bargain, as the Jetta SE offers more value. The new Hybrid offers less overall than the diesel TDI, for more money. The TDI Sportwagen remains a winner in everybody's book, with no downsides unless you need big size and horsepower. And if you want a good Volkswagen hot rod, the refined GLI is tons of fun and won't disappoint.

Sam Moses filed this report after his test drives of the Jetta S and SE in San Francisco, and the Hybrid in the Northwest. Kirk Bell reported after driving the TDI, GLI and Sportwagen in Herndon, Virginia.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Volkswagen Jetta S sedan ($16,720), S Sportwagen ($20,595), SE sedan ($19,015), SE Sportwagen ($24,395), SEL sedan ($22,895), TDI sedan ($22,990), TDI Sportwagen ($25,795), GLI ($23,945), Hybrid S ($24,995), Hybrid SE ($26,990), Hybrid SEL ($29,325)
Engines:115-hp 2.0-liter inline-4; 170-hp 2.5-liter inline-5; 140-hp 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel inline-4; 200-hp 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged inline-4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic; 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage frontal airbags, side-impact airbags in front, airbag curtains, tire pressure monitor, traction control, ESC, ABS with brake assist
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL Navigation ($29,325)
Standard equipment:1.4-liter TSI engine with electric motor, 7-speed DSG automated twin-clutch transmission, V-Tex leatherette upholstery, power sunroof, RS315 touch-screen navigation system, heated front seats with lumbar adjustment, air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with trunk pass-through, power windows, power door locks, heated power mirrors with turn signals, keyless access and starting, audio system with auxiliary input jack, satellite radio, iPod interface, Bluetooth, theft-deterrent system, illuminated visor mirrors, floormats, heated windshield washers, fog lights
Options as tested (MSPR):First Aid kit ($35)
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$30155
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:1.4-liter direct injection turbocharged inline-4 with electric motor
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):170 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):184 @ 1000
Transmission:7-speed automated manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:42/48 mpg
Wheelbase:104.4 in.
Length/width/height:182.2/70.0/57.2 in.
Track, f/r:60.4/60.3 in.
Turning circle:36.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.2/na/41.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.1/na/38.1 in.
Cargo volume:11.3 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent MacPherson strut with lower control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:torsion beam with coil springs
Ground clearance:5.5 in.
Curb weigth:3312 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc w/ABS and brake assist
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 17, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-374-8389 -