2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 34 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 115 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2015 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 since 2011, Volkswagen has worked to give buyers the best of all worlds -- carefully packaging features and tweaking the Jetta's price level. This means that buyers can get a premium German sedan or wagon at an entry-level 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 2015

For 2015, the Volkswagen Jetta sedan features many subtle updates. Among them, a new 2.0L TDI clean diesel produces 150 horsepower and improves fuel economy from 42 mpg to 46 mpg on the highway, while the model's other engines also have improved efficiency. The front, rear and interior all feature styling enhancements, while new available safety technologies include blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, frontal collision warning, and park distance control. Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are available on certain models, and a limited-edition 1.8T Sport trim offers sport suspension, navigation, rearview camera and a rear spoiler.


  • 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 2015 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
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Radio w/Clock
    • Radio: Preparation
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" Steel w/Full Covers
    • Tires: 15" 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 Manual Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Black Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Front Bucket Seats
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 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
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • 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
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L I-4 SOHC
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.93 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 60-Amp/Hr 540CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 4123# Gvwr 1120# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering
    • 14.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Security System Pre-Wiring

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 - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/121
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 115 @ 5200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 125 @ 4000
  • 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) - 94.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.2
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 34
  • 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 - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P195/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P195/65HR15
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.45
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.95
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.28
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.88
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.18
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.93
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.4 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2859
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Black Moonrock Silver Metallic Platinum Gray Metallic Pure White Reflex Silver Metallic Silk Blue Metallic Toffee Brown Metallic Tornado Red
  • Black
  • Moonrock Silver Metallic
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Silk Blue Metallic
  • Toffee Brown Metallic
  • Tornado Red

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For 2015, Volkswagen Jetta is updated with redesigned styling, an improved interior, retooled features and a new version of the TDI clean diesel engine. The 2015 Jetta is a compact four-door sedan with front-wheel drive.

The 2015 refresh of the sixth-generation Jetta includes a redesigned front end with a new bumper, wider lower air intake, new foglights. Up-level models get new LED daytime running lights. In the rear, the 2015 Jetta gets a new trunk lid, taillights and bumper. Aerodynamics are also improved, making the Jetta slip through the air more easily.

Inside, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta gets a few upscale tweaks, including redesigned gauges and chrome accents around the dash and instrument panel. Still, the Jetta retains a clean, minimalist look that is functional and intuitive, although perhaps not emotionally stirring. Seats fit most drivers well, and the standard cloth upholstery is on par for the segment, while optional leatherette upholstery (standard on more expensive trims) is comfortable and could pass for real leather. New interior upholstery and finishes also debut, as well as updated equipment packages.

The revised 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine offers an increase in fuel efficiency over the previous version (by 4 mpg). The direct-injected powerplant makes 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the latter on tap from as low as 1,750 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Jetta TDI are 31/46 mpg City/Highway, with the manual transmission and 31/45 mpg with the 6-speed dual clutch automatic. We found the engine smooth and capable, without too much noise, in both manual and DSG variants.

Other engines carry over from before: The base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 makes 115 hp and 125 lb.-ft. of torque; the 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 makes 170 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque; sporty GLI models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine good for 210 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Jetta Hybrid also continues for 2015, but in a single, fully loaded trim level, powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine, paired with a 27-hp electric motor. Unlike many hybrids, the Jetta starts up on pure electricity and can run solely on the battery at speeds of up to 37 mph, according to Volkswagen (which, as with all cars, is heavily dependent on driving style). The combination of the gas engine and electric motor yields a total of 170 hp and a maximum of 184 lb.-ft. of torque.

In a 340-mile drive of the 2014 Jetta Hybrid, we got 35.0 miles per gallon combined driving, well below the EPA fuel economy rating of 42/48 mpg. Even for those who can achieve EPA numbers, we don’t think the fuel savings is significant enough to merit a price premium of more than $4,000 over a similarly equipped TDI model. The Jetta Hybrid also requires Premium gasoline and has a smaller trunk to make room for the battery pack. For all these reasons, we’d rather take the Jetta TDI.

In any form, the Jetta is comfortable to drive, with well-placed armrests, user-friendly cupholders, good door pockets and plenty of headroom. Our only complaint would be the optional navigation system, which is small and looks antiquated compared to others on the market. Considering sister company Audi does such a good job with their in-car technology, we’re surprised some of that hasn’t trickled down to Volkswagen. Other controls are perfectly fine, including the gauges, climate and radio.

Competitors to the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta include other compact sedans like the Chevrolet Cruze (which is also available in a diesel variant), Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla.


The Volkswagen Jetta comes in a variety of powertrains and trims. Buyers can choose from a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder, or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Transmission choices depend on the model.

Jetta ($16,215) comes standard with manually operated air conditioning, cloth upholstery, manual seat adjustments and a five-speed manual transmission. The base model is available only by special order.

Jetta S ($17,325) comes with a 115-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 6-speed automatic is optional. Standard features include cloth upholstery, manually operated air conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with multifunction controls, power windows, power door locks, a trip computer, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity a four-speaker audio system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, power heated exterior mirrors and 15-inch wheels. Jetta S with technology package ($18,320) adds pushbutton start, touchscreen audio interface with satellite radio and rearview camera.

Jetta SE ($18,995) uses a 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a choice of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Additional standard feature include heated front seats, 8-way partial power front seats with lumbar, pushbutton start, a six-speaker audio system with CD players and satellite radio capability (with 3-month subscription), an iPod/USB interface and 16-inch wheels. Jetta SE with Connectivity package ($22,325) includes everything on the SE plus V-Tex leatherette upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, touchscreen audio interface, Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected car features, trunk pass-through, power sunroof, rearview camera and 16-inch alloy wheels. SE with connectivity and navigation ($23,650) adds navigation, foglights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Jetta SE Sport ($20,895) includes SE features plus two-tone sport seats, navigation, a rearview camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, interior contrast stitching, foglights, rear spoiler, sport-tuned suspension and17-inch alloy wheels.

Jetta SEL ($25,925) comes with the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission only. It has everything on the SE plus dual-zone automatic climate control, two-tone sport seats, full-power driver seat and an 8-speaker Fender premium sound system with subwoofer.

Jetta TDI S ($21,640) uses the 150-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, and the twin-clutch DSG auto-manual is optional. Standard features include manually operated air conditioning, cloth upholstery, 6-way manually adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a trip computer, cruise control, a 6-speaker audio system with CD player, satellite radio, a iPod/USB interface, and 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.

Jetta TDI SE with connectivity ($24,075) upgrades with leatherette upholstery, driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, VW’s Car-Net connected car features, audio system with touchscreen controls, trunk pass-through, a power sunroof and a rearview camera.

Jetta TDI SEL ($26,410) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power driver seat, navigation, the Fender premium audio system, foglights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Jetta GLI SE ($26,920) uses a 210-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and come with either the 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG transmission. Features include dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery with red contrast stitching, heated front sport seats with power driver seat and lumbar, a leather-wrapped multifunction sport steering wheel, Fender premium audio system with touchscreen interface, power sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers with heated washer nozzles and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.

Jetta GLI SEL ($29,280) adds navigation, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, adaptive bi-Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium ($31,670) uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine paired with a 27-hp electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission. Standard features include everything on other SEL trims plus forward collision warning, park distance control, an upgraded display in instrument cluster, VW Car-Net connected features, an aerodynamic body kit, rear spoiler and unique 17-inch alloy wheels.

Safety features on all Jettas include driver and front passenger frontal airbags, dual side thorax airbags, side curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with hydraulic brake assist (HBA) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control and stability control. Optional safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, forward collision warning and park distance control.


The refresh of the sixth-generation Jetta includes a redesigned front and rear ends. From head-on, the most apparent change is the wider, more prominent lower air intake, which ditches the old scoop design and now extends nearly the entire width of the car. New foglights also debut (on models so equipped), as well as new accent lighting around the headlamps. The 2015 Jetta is also more aerodynamic than before, helping with efficiency.

Still, the design remains simple and minimalist, with crisp lines and subtle curves, without the drastically sharp creases and aggressive sculpting employed by many other car companies. The Jetta is one of the largest in the compact segment, about four inches longer than the Honda Civic, and slightly longer than the Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla. Because of this, it feels more like a midsize car.

In the rear, the 2015 Jetta gets a new trunk lid, taillights and bumper. Certain models come with a rear spoiler, like the SE Sport and Hybrid models.

The GLI has a stronger, sportier stance. The front grille and lower air intake use a honeycomb mesh design, sportier front and rear fascias and side skirts, as well as larger, unique alloy wheels.


As before, the Jetta interior is clean, stylish, comfortable, accommodating, and functional. Bright chrome trim around air vents, gauges, dash and instrument panel give the 2015 Jetta a more upscale look.

The Jetta also gets a new tunnel design instrument cluster, which looks sportier and more visually interesting than the old design. It keeps the white-on-black color scheme, which looks good and is easy to read. The standard driver information display is big and easy to read, located neatly between the tachometer and speedometer, giving quick access to fuel mileage, range, odometer and temperature information.

Even with hard plastics around the center console and doors, the Jetta interior feels better than the Honda Civic, although is might not be as rich as the Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or Hyundai Elantra. The standard cloth seats are comfortable, and Volkswagen’s V-Tex leatherette upholstery seems durable, and could pass for real leather.

Seats have a relatively wide range of adjustability; moreso with the power seats found on upper trim levels. Short to moderate drives are fine, though after about five hours in the saddle on a sometimes choppy freeway, backs and rear ends might start to get tired, especially in the sport seats.

The Jetta makes excellent use of space. There’s good headroom front and rear, and rear-seat legroom is first in class at 38.1 inches, as much as the BMW 7 Series. With the rear armrest down, there’s a pair of cupholders for the rear passengers, to relax with a drink as they stretch their legs out. Small creature comforts help to make the cabin livable, including comfortable door-side armrests, convenient cupholders, good door pockets and grab handles.

The center stack design depends on the trim level. On our TDI SE test car with connectivity, a mix of touchscreen options and hard buttons around the screen make most functions easy to access. Though, we didn’t love the Jetta’s touchscreen display, which seems small and antiquated compared to some.

We also found the navigation system frustrating to use at times; entering destination information manually felt clunky, and the voice recognition didn’t always work properly. We also found the navigation system’s female voice harsh and grating. We did appreciate the USB connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming, which, along with VW’s Car-Net interface, allowed us to play songs from our iPhone and Pandora app. The base audio system isn’t anything special. The upgraded Fender audio system sounds much better.

Trunk space measures 15.7 cubic feet in all sedan variants, with a 60-40-split folding rear seat. Models equipped with the rear seat pass-through offer even more flexibility. The Jetta Hybrid trunk measures only 11.9 cubic feet, because the battery pack rides over the rear axle.

Driving Impressions

Each of the engines in the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has a different set of characteristics. Because VW’s turbocharged powerplants are so good, the base models with their 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engines can comparatively feel about as sporty as a tractor. The most basic variants comes only with the 5-speed manual transmission, which has long throws and feels numb, and the lack of torque in the 2.0-liter engine means you have to downshift a lot.

Jettas powered by the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine offer adequate power for commuting and driving around town or on the freeway. We like it especially with the 6-speed automatic transmission, which has a sport mode that’s sharp and effective. It shifts smoothly, both on steep hills and in slow-and-go freeway traffic, a situation where many transmissions will constantly shift up and down. Manual mode can be used for spirited driving, shifting at the lever. It’s programmed well, and doesn’t keep over-ruling the driver.

The GLI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is understandably more fun, with its 210 hp and 201 lb-ft. of torque, which is available as low 1700 rpm. It does 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds with the satisfying DSG 6-speed auto-manual transmission, and there’s plenty of smooth power at high speeds. The 6-speed manual transmission in the GLI is a pleasure, but the DSG automated manual is the best of its kind, with sharp shifts in auto or manual mode, although in the GLI we found that it surged a bit around town. Well-placed steering-wheel paddles come with the DSG. They’re very tidy and effective, more like tabs than paddles.

Our favorite powertrain is the Jetta TDI with DSG transmission. The 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine makes 150 hp and an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque. It’s not the fastest of the bunch, but is plenty able, with plenty of thrust in the low RPMs. The DSG transmission shifts smoothly for a dual-clutch, with gearing that isn’t too wipmy, nor too aggressive. Although it’s a diesel, the rumble and vibration typically found with these cars is barely perceptible. The TDI is also highly efficient, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 31/46 mpg City/Highway with the manual, and 31/45 mpg with the DSG.

All Jetta models benefit from a multi-link rear suspension, which in 2014 replaced the old torsion beam setup. The change makes the Jetta feel more composed, especially over rough road and around corners. The sport-tuned suspension on the SE Sport and GLI models, is, as expected, firmer, but isn’t uncomfortable. Still, we found quite a bit of road noise on rough asphalt.

The Hybrid is the most expensive of the Jetta lineup, and in our opinion isn’t worth the huge price premium. It’s EPA rated at 42/48 mpg City/Highway, but we only got 35.0 mpg on a 340-mile test drive in a 2014 model, half casual city and half freeway at 72 mph. It also requires premium fuel, while the others run on regular or diesel. Because of its regenerative braking system, it drives differently than the other Jettas, with the brakes feeling grabby at slow speeds.


The Volkswagen Jetta offers solid driving dynamics, a roomy cabin and a variety of engines to suit many tastes. The TDI is the most fun and efficient for the money.

Laura Burstein filed this NewCarTestDrive report after her drive of the Volkswagen Jetta in Virginia.

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Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.


This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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