2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan


Vehicle Highlights

  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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The 2016 Jetta competes with the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. Previously, price kept it just out of reach of potential buyers of the competition, but Volkswagen has worked to give buyers the best of all worlds, carefully packaging features and tweaking the Jetta's price level. Volkswagen wants buyers to feel they can get a premium German sedan or wagon at a friendly price, with fit and finish similar to that on cars that cost two and three times as much.

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What's New For 2016

The biggest change to the Jetta lineup for 2016 is the addition of a brand new 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. With up to 184 foot pounds of torque, the new engine offers a great combination of fuel economy and power with up to 40 mpg available on the highway. Inside, the 2016 Jetta gets a new MIB II infotainment system, with new features such as USB connectivity and better smartphone integration.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • 6 Speaker Audio System
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Composition Color w/5" Touchscreen -inc: AM/FM radio, CD player w/aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16" Steel w/Full Covers
    • Tires: 16" All-Season
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Full-Size Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Air Filtration
    • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: manually adjustable front seats
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Systems Monitor
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Mechanical Features
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Security System Pre-Wiring
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • 14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • 4343# Gvwr 1001# Maximum Payload
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 60-Amp/Hr 540CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 3.45 Axle Ratio
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual -inc: hill hold control
    • Engine: 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.7
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 540
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/120
    • Fuel System - Diesel Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 150 @ 4000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 236 @ 1750
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 104.4
    • Length, Overall (in) - 183.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.3
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.2
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 92.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.6
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - NONTR
    • Rear Tire Order Code - NONTR
    • Front Tire Size - P205/55HR16
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/55HR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.77
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.26
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.87
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.86
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.72
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.56
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.45
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3241
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan, built in Mexico, is Volkswagen’s best seller. For a good price, it offers German quality, the most interior space in the compact class, refinement, responsive performance, safety, and fuel economy. But now in its sixth year of this generation, its lines are beginning to look dated, despite a freshening of the fascia for 2015.

So for 2016, Jetta gets a new engine to keep it at the top of the game, a 1.4-liter turbo, plus infotainment and safety upgrades.

(The popular TDI diesel engine has been discontinued, on account of the emissions cheating scandal. There also used to be a Jetta Sportwagen, but it was redesigned for 2015 as a Golf.)

Jetta’s style is solid, with the focus on engineering rather than flair. Competitors with more flair include the Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, or Hyundai Elantra. The interior is clean, simple, refreshing, and Jetta kills the competition in room inside.

The new engine joins the four-cylinder turbo family. The 1.4T makes 150 horsepower, has low-rpm torque so it’s responsive, and the latest design technology. The 1.8T (in the Sport) makes 20 more horsepower, and the 2.0T (in the GLI) offers a 6-speed twin clutch transmission. It’s the hot rod and the thirsty one.

There’s also a Jetta Hybrid, using the new engine, so it’s a turbo hybrid, with a high-voltage battery pack, more fun to drive than a Prius, while bringing an EPA-rated 44 mpg Combined, or 42/48/44 City/Highway/Combined.

Jetta 1.4T gets 28/40/33 City/Highway/Combined miles per gallon with the standard 5-speed manual, or 32 mpg Combined with the 6-speed automatic. The 2.0T only gets 23/33/27 mpg. All three engines take Regular gas and do not require pricier Premium.

In crash tests, the Jetta can’t do any better. Five stars across the board with NHTSA, and Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS.

A rearview camera is standard on all but the rock-bottom-priced Jetta S.


Jetta S, SE, SEL and Hybrid use the new 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. Jetta 1.8T Sport uses the 1.8-liter. Jetta 2.0T GLI uses the 2.0-liter. Jetta GLI SE and SEL come with a mixed choice of transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual, or 6-speed twin clutch.

There are many active safety features available, along with bi-xenon headlamps.


Volkswagen Jetta is no copycat. And it’s plainer than a Toyota Corolla. It lacks the visual style of a Focus, Cruze, or Elantra.

Its grille is just three horizontal bars. LED running lights are optional, and needed to jazz up the Jetta. The small spoiler on edge of the trunk is reminiscent of Jetta’s sibling the Audi 4. LED taillamps are available on the GLI and Hybrid, and add some upscale to the tail.

The GLI actually has its own style and design, lower, with bolder front fascia and honeycomb grille; at the rear there’s a diffuser and twin chrome tailpipes. It steps into the sports sedan world with available black 18-inch wheels and red brake calipers. The GLI also gets a flatbottom steering wheel and sports seats with red stitching.


The Volkswagen Jetta cabin exudes calmness, not challenging drivers with excessive instrumentation. The controls are generally intuitive. VW engineers and designers put a lot of thought into things like icons, since the car’s interior has one global design. German brains, Asian brains, and Anglo brains work differently. Not to mention young brains, mature brains, and aged brains. All those brain needs must be met, to have globally intuitive instrumentation.

Classic round gauges. Start button on the console. Excellent available leatherette upholstery with comfortably firm German seats (we haven’t driven a model with the standard cloth); available sport seats with more bolstering are firmer yet, maybe too firm. Great driving position with steering wheel controls. Space in the rear seats is more midsize than compact, a third adult might actually be able to go for a ride back there. Wide rear doors. Folding rear seats with small pass-through to the trunk, where there’s as much room as a midsize sedan, with an opening that’s wide and low.

There’s a USB port near the bin in front of the shift lever, which is too small for a smartphone, so it goes in one of the two cupholders. There are also water bottle holders in the doors.

The quality of the plastic trim depends on the model. In our 1.4T SE, all the plastic was hard except for the armrests. And the dashboard rattled and buzzed. It’s something you almost never see nowadays.

Driving Impressions

There are a total of seven powertrains available with the Jetta, with three turbocharged engines and four transmissions, and that’s not counting the Hybrid.

The 1.4-liter engine makes 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The new engine comes out looking awfully good, when compared to the 1.8T in the Sport model, that uses the same transmissions. The 1.4T makes the same torque, and only 20 less horsepower. Like the 1.8T it’s smooth and quiet. The 1.8T revs especially sweetly, and drives the Jetta from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.0 seconds, but the 1.4T is not far behind.

The Jetta GLI 2.0T brings the horsepower, at 210, as well as torque from turbo boost at low rpm. It delivers exciting acceleration to 6000 rpm, with growls and whistles coming from under the hood in the curves, leaving silly grins on the driver’s face. We’ll take the quick twin-clutch six-speed transmission over the six-speed manual, with its notchy shifts and long pedal.

The 44-mpg Hybrid takes the 1.4T engine and adds a 20-kilowatt (27 hp) electric motor with a clutch on each end, for a total of 170 horsepower. It uses a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. The electric motor can power the Hybrid to 44 mph, and it takes over in what VW calls sailing mode, to solely power the car when it can, when the car is just cruising.

You hardly know it’s a hybrid until you step on the brakes. They feel lifeless under your foot, and then the pedal pushes back, as it goes from regenerative (battery-charging) to mechanical stopping.

With its four-wheel independent suspension, the Jetta’s handling matches that of the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus, and that’s saying something. It provides the best combination of ride control and precise feel. There’s virtually none of the bounding and hopping that you might feel in a Kia Forte, for example. There’s good feedback from the electric power steering. The brakes are strong, confident and deep.

The Honda Civic handles better than it ever has, and the Ford Focus handles European crisp, but they still don’t corner with the confidence of the Jetta, while bringing its supportive ride.

Now bring the Jetta GLI. Firmer suspension, lower ride height, optional 18-inch wheels, rear discs, and electronically simulated front differential lock to tighten the line in corners. It doesn’t go as far as it could, into hardcore sports sedan territory, but it’s great at seven tenths, with its superior suspension tuning.


The Volkswagen Jetta offers a lot of real car, for the money. Midsize interior in a compact car, best handling and ride in its class. The new 1.4-liter turbocharged engine feels as good as it sounds, in power-per-mpg.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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