Convenience and comfort with an impressive design.

Volkswagen Jetta Review | CarMax

For those in the market for a great compact car, the Volkswagen Jetta has a lot to offer. The Jetta has impressive cargo space and a surprising amount of power. To learn more about the features and specs of this vehicle, check out our Volkswagen Jetta review:

Reasons to Buy

1. Abundant Cargo Space

Volkswagen Jetta Review: Cargo | CarMax

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta offers 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, giving the Jetta a very roomy trunk for its class. If you need a little extra room for shopping bags and luggage, you'll find that the Volkswagen Jetta's trunk has plenty of space.

2. Fuel Economy

Recent Volkswagen Jetta models have great fuel economy numbers. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, for example, gets an EPA estimated 33 mpg combined when equipped with the vehicle's 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and 5-speed manual transmission.1

3. Smooth Handling

The Volkswagen Jetta is a small, agile vehicle that handles like a dream. Whether you are navigating a winding road, dealing with heavy traffic on the interstate, or trying to park in a tight space, you'll appreciate the Jetta's smooth, responsive handling.

4. Ample Power

The Volkswagen Jetta can be equipped with several different engines, each offering a surprising amount of power. This is thanks largely to the fact that each Volkswagen Jetta engine comes with a built-in turbocharger. If you want a little extra speed and acceleration out of your compact car, the Volkswagen Jetta turbo is certainly a great vehicle to consider.

5. A Wide Range of Options to Choose From

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Options abound in the Volkswagen Jetta. Depending on the year model you choose, you’ll have a selection of engine options, transmission options, a variety of wheel choices, and an array of interior and exterior colors.

What You Need to Know

Volkswagen Jetta Average CarMax Prices2

  • 2014-2016: Average prices less than $14,000.
  • 2017-2018: Average prices less than $17,000.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Models & Trim Levels

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta comes available in four different trim levels. These include:

  • S - The base S trim features a 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, a color touchscreen sound system, rearview camera, and more.
  • SE - The SE trim features everything found on the S trim as well as blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, push button start, and more.
  • SEL - The SEL trim features everything found on the SE trim as well as a 1.8L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, a touchscreen navigation system, and more.
  • GLI - The GLI trim features everything found on the SEL trim as well as a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, park distance control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and more.

Volkswagen Jetta Interior and Exterior

Volkswagen Jetta Seating Capacity

Volkswagen Jetta Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact car that is capable of seating up to five passengers.

Volkswagen Jetta Review: Back Seats | CarMax

Volkswagen Jetta Cargo Space

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta offers 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk of the vehicle.

Volkswagen Jetta Colors

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta comes in nine color options:

  • Black
  • Cardinal Red Metallic
  • Dark Bronze Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Silk Blue Metallic
  • Tornado Red
  • White Silver Metallic

Volkswagen Jetta Engine & Transmission

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta comes available in several different engine options depending on the trim that you choose. These engine options include a 150 hp 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a 170 hp 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and a 210 hp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. These engines can be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission, or a 6-speed automatic transmission.


Customer Reviews - Overall Rating: 4.5 (499 Reviews)3

  • Pros: Fuel Economy, Ride & Handling, Braking
  • Cons: Cost to Maintain, Cabin Noise, Technology & Entertainment


"This has been excellent vehicle to own. It's well equipped, very comfortable, and it is fun to drive.”

- 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Owner

"I have had my car for a little under a year and I love it. This car gets great mileage in the city and amazing mileage on the highway. This is not a race car so the pickup is a little slow but works fine for me. The technology in the car is great and easy to use."

- 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Owner

"This car is so perfect. I love Volkswagens in general but the Jetta has always been my favorite. It drives so smooth and has fantastic gas mileage which works perfectly for my long-distance daily commute. “

- 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Owner


  • The Volkswagen Jetta has not been ranked in any existing list.

What's New For 2018?

The Volkswagen Jetta saw only minor changes in 2018, with a comprehensive redesign coming in 2019. Volkswagen added two trim levels to the Jetta lineup for the 2018 model—the Wolfsburg and the SE Sport. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta also boasts a few new wheel design options and a chrome grille.

The Bottom Line

The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact, high-performing car. Thanks to the Volkswagen Jetta's stylish design, smooth handling, and features, CarMax customers have rated the Jetta with an average of 4.5/5 stars!

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Based on CarMax average prices between March 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
3Reviews have been edited for brevity, clarity, and grammar.
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