The Jetta is a compact car built by Volkswagen Group. The Jetta competes against other small family cars like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. The Jetta, along with many VW vehicles, has found a fan base because of their quirky advertising and German-engineering. The sixth-generation Jetta, built from 2010 to the present is the most Followed type of Jetta on Mojo Motors. The Jetta is available in a four-door sedan and has over five engine options and some 14 different trims. For shoppers looking for more room, the five door Jetta SportWagen is a great alternative.
A used Jetta for sale can be found with a number of engines. In lower end trims like the S, a Jetta will have a 2.0-liter 115 horsepower four cylinder engine that gets a combined 27 MPG. A base Jetta from before 2014 will have a 2.5-liter five cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and gets a combined 26 MPG. One step up from the S trim is the Jetta SE with a 1.8-liter turbo four cylinder engine that gets 29 MPG. More expensive Jetta trims are the SEL or GLI which comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine with 210 horsepower. The 2.0 turbo engine gets a combined 34 MPG.
One of Jettas most popular trims is the TDI because of its diesel-powered engine that has an impressive 236 pounds feet of torque and a combined 34 MPG. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel four cylinder engine has 140 horsepower.The most expensive engine is available on the hybrid Jetta which is available on Jettas 2014 and newer.
The hybrid engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 150 horsepower that gets a combined 34 MPG. Unlike its competitors, each of Jettas engines is available with either a manual or automatic transmission except for the hybrid which is exclusively automatic.
The price of a used Jetta depends on the trim, engine type and mileage. A used Jetta is typically pricier than the more economical Mazda 3 or Toyota Corolla because of the wealth of trims and engine combinations. A used turbo diesel Jetta is usually the more expensive than the regular gas-powered, but still less expensive that the hybrid. A Certified Pre Owned Jetta is also going to be more expensive than a Jetta for sale at a non-VW dealer or by a private seller. To qualify as a CPO Jetta, it must less than six years old and have less than 75,000 miles.
VW Jetta Highlights
- The Jetta nameplate is a reference to the Atlantic jet stream.
- The Jetta is the sedan version of the Rabbit/Golf and uses the same underpinnings.
- The Jetta TDI Clean Diesel has an estimated 40 mpg highway without the need for any electric motors. Read our review of the 2012 Jetta here.
Written by Max Katsarelas