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. The Jetta is overall a great value vehicle, not only does it have great fuel mileage averaging 28.5 mpg but it has plenty of cargo room in its class with 15.7 cubic ft.
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