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Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta side view

Pros and cons

  • New engine is small but powerful
  • Choice of automatic or manual transmission
  • Spacious, well-appointed cabin
  • Conservative design
  • Larger engine is not available
  • Lacks power in highway passing
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption7.8 - 9.6 L/100km
  • Highway consumption5.9 - 7.3 L/100km
  • Width1799 mm
  • Length4702 mm
  • Trunk space399 L
  • Cargo space399 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Volkswagen Jetta 2019 - present is available in 5 trims:

Comfortline trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Comfortline trim:
1.4 L - Gas - 147 hp
City consumption:7.8 - 7.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:714 km

Highline trim features and specs

Available with the Highline trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear seat ski hatch
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Cornering lights (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Highline trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • CD player
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Highline trim:
1.4 L - Gas - 147 hp
City consumption:7.8 - 7.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:714 km

GLI 35th trim features and specs

Available with the GLI 35th trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated rear seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GLI 35th trim:
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GLI 35th trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the GLI 35th trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • CD player
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the GLI 35th trim:
2 L - Gas - 228 hp
City consumption:9.3 - 9.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 7.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:584 - 598 km

GLI trim features and specs

Available with the GLI trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated rear seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GLI trim:
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GLI trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the GLI trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • CD player
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the GLI trim:
2 L - Gas - 228 hp
City consumption:9.3 - 9.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 7.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:584 - 598 km

Execline trim features and specs

Available with the Execline trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Heated windshield (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear seat ski hatch
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Execline trim:
  • Cornering lights
  • Fog lights
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Execline trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Execline trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • CD player
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Execline trim:
1.4 L - Gas - 147 hp
City consumption:7.8 - 7.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:5.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:714 km

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Learn about the Volkswagen Jetta

Summary

An enduring favourite, the Jetta is Volkswagen’s best-selling car in Canada. Now in its seventh generation, the Volkswagen Jetta range is known for its reliability and safety. The latest models also have some impressive technology on board.

Some drivers find the overall design of the vehicle to be a bit conservative, while others prefer its no-nonsense practicality and usability.You can expect a stable and responsive drive from the Jetta, whether you choose automatic or manual transmission. The engine is compact but powerful for its size, although there are no larger engine upgrade options available.

Safety

The most recent Jetta range has a number of important safety features, including a safety cage to absorb impact energy. Its Intelligent Crash Response System deploys the vehicle’s six airbags, unlocks the doors and turns off the fuel pump in the event of an accident. Additional safety features include an automatic post-collision braking system, which slows the vehicle down after a collision to prevent any further impact. 

Even older Jettas aren't without the essentials. You can find the following in models as old as 2002:

  • Side and head-curtain airbags
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brake, which keeps your wheels from locking up on slippery surfaces
  • Stability Control, which helps maintain steering control

Interior

Volkswagen cars generally have a more functional interior, and Jettas are no exception. While the newer models might lack some of the more stylish choices of competitors, everything is well positioned. This means driving is comfortable and controls are easy to reach. The latest-generation vehicles feature heated front seats. However, on older models like the 2008, a sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and stick shift were available with the SE trim.

Technology

The Volkswagen Jetta has some efficient technology on board, especially in the most recent vehicles, such as 2017 and onwards. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is a large 12.3" high-resolution display that can be fully customized. You can choose to view speed, fuel economy, assistance systems and more. There’s also touchscreen technology for map navigation. The car can store up to four driver profiles. Other features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • App-Connect system, so you can access your favourite apps
  • VW Car-Net, which delivers the location of your vehicle to your phone so you can easily find your parking spot 
  • Options for manual or automatic transmission

Configurations on older models offer an array of tech too. For instance, the 2008 comes standard with air-conditioning, heated side mirrors, keyless entry and an eight-speaker CD stereo with MP3 player and input jack.

Space

Interior space is generous, and there’s lots of leg and headroom for drivers and front and rear passengers. The trunk area is sizable, as well, which gives you lots of room for family trips or shopping. The rear seats can be folded down for additional storage, and some models, like the 2008, allow the passenger seat to fold flat.

Comfort

The Volkswagen Jetta has a functional business feel, and there are no frills in the interior design. The well thought-out placement of controls and spacious interior makes up for this, though. Seating can be upgraded to leather (from 2018) or premium leatherette (across model years) on some trims, such as the SE. Driving-wise, it handles well, although some drivers find the Jetta to be a little sluggish compared to similar specced vehicles. The 147 hp engine takes just under eight seconds to reach to 96 km/h, which can make highway passing more challenging.

Frequently asked questions

Overall, most drivers agree that the Volkswagen Jetta is a reliable and fuel-efficient vehicle when compared to similarly priced options.

TSI is Volkswagen’s term for its turbocharged petrol engine: Turbocharged Stratified Injection. The engine, available in Jettas, combines turbocharged and direct injection systems to increase power and limit fuel consumption.

The Volkswagen Jetta uses regular gas, but some drivers have reported slightly better performance if you use premium gas instead.

The latest versions of the Volkswagen Jetta are built in Mexico, along with a number of Volkswagen’s other models including the Golf.

“Mk” is the vehicle’s generation. A Jetta Mk4 is a fourth-generation Jetta, while an Mk6 is the sixth generation, and so on.