2021 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP range: $18,995 - $28,045
4.1 out of 5 stars(12)
MSRP$21,525
Edmunds suggests you pay$21,631
Low supply is pushing the market average above MSRP.

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta video

[MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: So this is the new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. And one of the things you'll notice first is these hard creases on the side, the big grille up front. We definitely like that new design. We think it looks pretty upscale, classy. And also, one of the things that Volkswagen talked about today and yesterday at the reveal is the coupe-like roofline, and how that actually doesn't impinge on rear passenger headroom. You still have the same amount of headroom in this Jetta that you did in last year's model. It's longer than before. It's now 105-inch wheelbase. It's almost Passat sized. That's only about five inches shorter than the Passat. It's wider and it's taller than the last Jetta, than the outgoing Jetta. It does have the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with actually less power than the previous year's model. It's got 147 horsepower compared to the 150 from last year. But it retains the same 184 pound feet of torque. Now we expect this new Jetta, because it's a little bit bigger, to be a little bit heavier than the outgoing model. So that might affect acceleration a little bit. But we're definitely happy with the interior. So we want to go inside, take a look, and show you just what's changed and how nice it's become on the inside of the Jetta. For starters, you look at the center console screen and the driver display screen, and they are both much nicer than before. The first time we saw this center console or TFT screen where you've got the nav transferable to the center was in the Audi TT. It's now in a couple other Volkswagen and Audi products. And center console here, this is all pretty familiar. These are buttons that we've seen in the Jetta for a while. There are a couple of hard plastics here and there, but the feel is generally upscale compared to previous models. Also, these buttons, these are very reminiscent of things like the new Audis. The new Audi A8 has similar text and displays. And also, this is a really crisp optional eight-inch screen. It also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, all the major smartphone connectivity. And in general, this is a nice place to be. We've known that for a while about the Jetta. We're excited to drive with this new, longer wheelbase, as well, see if it's quieted down any, and see if the comfort levels have gone up. On top of having that nice new interior, the Volkswagen Jetta also starts at a lower base price than the outgoing model. So that's nice to hear. We assume that prices of the high-end models will be a little bit higher than the outgoing model, especially with all that nice new equipment on the interior. So that's our look at the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Leave us your comments below, and be sure to subscribe for more videos from the Detroit Auto Show. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Look | Detroit Auto Show

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, but since the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Volkswagen Jetta a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Jetta both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. You probably care about Volkswagen Jetta fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Jetta gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg to 34 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Jetta has 14.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen Jetta. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta:

  • New, more capable infotainment system standard on SEL trim and up
  • Other minor revisions to standard feature availability
  • Part of the seventh Jetta generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Volkswagen Jetta reliable?

To determine whether the Volkswagen Jetta is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Jetta. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Jetta's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Jetta and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Jetta is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

The least-expensive 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $18,995.

Other versions include:

  • S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $19,795
  • R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $22,795
  • SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $22,895
  • SEL SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $25,745
  • S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $18,995
  • R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $23,595
  • SEL Premium SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $28,045
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What are the different models of Volkswagen Jetta?

If you're interested in the Volkswagen Jetta, the next question is, which Jetta model is right for you? Jetta variants include S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and SEL SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Jetta models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

2021 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is offered in the following submodels: Jetta Sedan. Available styles include S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and SEL Premium SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Volkswagen Jetta models are available with a 1.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 147 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic, 6-speed manual. The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Jetta 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Jetta.

Pros

  • Pleasingly smooth ride
  • Ample storage in the cabin

Cons

  • Brakes feel grabby at low speeds
  • Steering wheel controls take some getting used to
  • Cabin is more plasticky than others in the class

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Jetta featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

2021 Volkswagen Jetta S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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We are showing 12 2021 Volkswagen Jetta S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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We are showing 2 2021 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,725. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,717.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 0% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Volkswagen Jettas are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

2021 Volkswagen Jetta S SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
33 compined MPG,
29 city MPG/39 highway MPG

2021 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, regular unleaded
34 compined MPG,
30 city MPG/41 highway MPG

2021 Volkswagen Jetta SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
33 compined MPG,
29 city MPG/39 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG33
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.4 L
Passenger Volume108.8 cu.ft.
Wheelbase105.7 in.
Length185.1 in.
WidthN/A
Height57.6 in.
Curb Weight2965 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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