2016 Volkswagen Jetta

Pros: Fuel economy with Hybrid model; class-leading interior room and comfort; clean, simple control layout; broad model range; high-performance fun of GLI model

Cons: Some interior materials don’t live up to Volkswagen’s typical standards; throttle lag when pulling away from a stop; occasionally awkward performance from automated manual transmission

CG Says: For 2016, Volkswagen Jetta’s base 115-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is replaced by a 150-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder. All models gain new infotainment controls that include more connectivity, while the sporty GLI gets revised front and rear styling. Volkswagen’s compact offers great passenger and cargo room, as well as powertrain refinement that exceeds the class norm. At the same time, its ride/handling balance and quality of interior materials on lower-line models fall short of the lofty standards we expect from a Volkswagen. The well-designed Jetta Hybrid is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor powerplant that puts out 170 horsepower and is available solely with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s EPA rated at 42 mpg city/48 highway. The Hybrid is a good all-around package with enough positive attributes that will appeal to those who are new to the brand. VW’s compact sports sedan, the GLI, maintains the Jetta’s practical and roomy package but is much more fun to drive. While the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder has a much lower horsepower rating than many competing sporty compacts, in practice it offers fine power and is very refined. Responsive handling and livable ride quality are other positives.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices 1.4T S: $17,680
1.4T SE: $18,995
1.8T Sport: $20,895
1.8T SEL: $23,650
1.8T SEL Premium: $25,380
GLI SE: $26,920
GLI SEL $29,280
Hybrid SEL: $31,120

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
150
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
39-40

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-37

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
210
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
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2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid