Used 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta

Pros

  • Spacious interior and trunk
  • well-equipped
  • smart electronics interface
  • fuel-efficient diesel model.

Cons

  • Lackluster interior materials
  • sluggish throttle with automatic
  • numb steering
  • wheezy base engine.

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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
44,768 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
List$12,484
Est.Loan: $233/mo
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VW JETTA TDI 2.0 ** CLEAN CARFAX ** ONE OWNER ** 16 ALLOY WHEELS ** BLUETOOTH ** SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO ** LEATHERETTE SEATS ** HEATED SEATS ** OUR VEHICLES RECEIVE QUALITY INSPECTIONS AND ARE SERVICED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS..STOHLMAN HAS BEEN SERVING THE AREA FOR OVER 80 YEARS.
Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
49,142 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
(7)
King Volkswagen
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
71,506 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
79,513 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
42,232 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
List$13,715
Est.Loan: $256/mo
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This gas-saving Jetta will get you where you need to go* CARFAX 1 owner and buyback guarantee* This Vehicle has less than 43k miles... Your lucky day!! Do you want it all? Well, with this impressive 2.0L TDI, you are going to get it* Safety equipment includes: ABS, Traction control, Curtain airbags, Passenger Airbag, Signal mirrors - Turn signal in mirrors...Other features include: Bluetooth, Power locks, Power windows, Heated seats, Auto-shift manual Transmission...Standard features include: Bluetooth, Remote power door locks, Power windows with 4 one-touch, Heated drivers seat, Auto-shift manual Transmission, Compressor - Intercooled turbo, 4-wheel ABS brakes, Air conditioning, Cruise control, Traction control - ABS and driveline, Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Power heated mirrors, Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row, Passenger Airbag, 140 hp horsepower, 2 liter inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine, Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate, Heated passenger seat, 4 Doors, Front-wheel drive, Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 42 and EPA city (mpg): 30, Tachometer, External temperature display, Heated Windshield Washer Jets - Jets, Interior air filtration, Overhead console - Mini with storage, Rear bench seats, Intermittent window wipers, Privacy/tinted glass, Clock - In-dash, Transmission hill holder, Signal mirrors - Turn signal in mirrors, Stability control, Climate controlled - Driver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback, Front seat type - Bucket, Daytime running lights, Speed-proportional power steering, Trip computer, Rear defogger...
Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
44,377 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
List$12,700
Est.Loan: $237/mo
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Got your eye on a 2012Volkswagen Jetta that seats 5 and gets 42 MPG? With Carvana, you can get this high-quality, Carvana Certified vehicle without ever stepping foot inside a dealership! While sedans are the most common vehicle out there, this Jetta is more than meets the eye. As an added bonus, this Jetta has a 7 out of 10 EPA Greenhouse Score! This score is reserved for only the cleanest of vehicles and not only implies great fuel economy but also some of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions among all vehicles. Enjoy the comfortable (and easy to clean) leather seats. Let the sun stream in on those beautiful summer days with this Sedan's sunroof. You can also avoid any issues with a lead foot by engaging the cruise control on this Jetta. Safely communicate with friends and family using the Bluetooth hands-free calling. Before making them available to you, we ensure that every Carvana vehicle is accident-free before putting it through an exhaustive reconditioning and detailing process. Take a 360-degree virtual tour - inside and out - of every vehicle in our inventory, as we detail every feature and any major imperfections that appear on the car. This particular car has passed a rigorous 150-point inspection by Jason and his talented team of ASE Certified mechanics. Worried about buyer's remorse with your online vehicle purchase? Worry no more, as every vehicle purchase comes with a 7-day test-own, allowing you to drive around town and even have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic of your choice. If the car doesn't live up to your expectations for any reason within the 7-day period, give us a call and we'll come retrieve the vehicle from you with a refund of your purchase. Have a question about the car you're looking at, or about the purchase process in general? Visit us at Carvana.com to learn more!
Volkswagen Jetta 2012
131,525 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
TJ Auto Sales
49.6 mi away
List$8,497
Est.Loan: $159/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
105,732 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
41,479 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Est.Loan: $187/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
45,030 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
York Volkswagen
79.1 mi away
List$13,990
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Certified Pre Owned TDI Comes with a Two Year and Unlimited Mileage Warranty, One Owner with Premium Package, Heated Seats, Sunroof, Fender Audio and Alloy Wheels.
Volkswagen Jetta 2012
36,963 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
32,294 miles
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Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
49,411 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
89,789 miles
Used 2012
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012
79,565 miles
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TDI
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
71,594 miles
Certified Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
57,371 miles
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Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
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Volkswagen Jetta 2012 TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
57,017 miles
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Volkswagen Jetta
TDI
List$10,989
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is roomy and more affordable than ever. But there's also not a whole lot to help this sedan stand out against other more dynamic competitors.

vehicle overview

The Volkswagen Jetta once presented a good middle ground between Japanese compact sedans and entry-level German luxury. It offered a sturdy chassis, tasteful interior materials and enough sport to make the package lively around town. Most buyers felt the premium quality was worth the extra price of admission. But Volkswagen thought the premium price discouraged an even greater amount of shoppers. So last year it made its redesigned Jetta a centerpiece of an aggressive new pricing strategy.

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta carries on the work of its redesigned predecessor largely unchanged. No longer simply a Golf with a traditional trunk, the Jetta offers a longer wheelbase and more rear seat room than VW's compact hatchback. And indeed, the Jetta is very roomy for its class, particularly in the backseat. Standard features are generous and the top trim level and diesel variants get the premium Fender audio system with a touchscreen interface.

Mostly, though, there's price. The Jetta is now fully competitive with other small sedans in terms of price and feature content, and on top of that you still get the VW image. But the new sedan's obvious cost-cutting comes at the expense of details that used to give the Jetta an edge. For example, soft-touch interior materials have been replaced with a harder, more industrial-grade finish on all but the priciest SEL Premium model. There are no more rear-seat air vents and the front armrest is no longer adjustable. Rear drum brakes supplant rear discs on lower trims, and the rear suspension now features a less sophisticated design.

How much this matters depends on your perspective. Although Volkswagen might have forsaken its core buyers, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is still a solid choice for a small or midsize sedan. Its spacious interior, standard features, comfortable ride and optional fuel-efficient diesel engine keep it competitive with other top choices like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3 and Suzuki Kizashi. We certainly suggest taking some test-drives to find out whether this latest VW Jetta is right for you.

Trim levels & features

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is a midsize sedan available in Base, S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium and TDI trim levels. The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is reviewed separately, as is the performance-oriented GLI, which is a Jetta fitted with the GTI's sporty hardware.

The Jetta Base is a stripped-down model that comes with 15-inch steel wheels, power locks and windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The S adds keyless entry, air-conditioning, power/heated mirrors and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. Opting for an S model with a sunroof also gains a front center console and cruise control.

The Jetta SE gets a more powerful engine, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a front center armrest and storage compartment, a rear-seat center armrest, a trunk pass-through and premium vinyl upholstery. The SE Convenience package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated windshield washer nozzles, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and an iPod interface. A sunroof can be added to the Convenience package and with it comes a premium six-speaker sound system with a touchscreen interface, SD memory card reader and a six-CD changer.

The SEL includes all the SE's optional equipment (other than the sunroof, which is a stand-alone option), plus 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, foglamps, chrome exterior trim, keyless ignition/entry, manual front seat lumbar adjustment, a trip computer and a navigation system. Stepping up to the SEL Premium adds black-accented 17-inch wheels, higher-quality dashboard materials and two-tone sport seats.

The Jetta TDI with its turbodiesel engine is equipped similarly to an SE with the Convenience and Sunroof packages. It gets the SEL's rear disc brakes and trip computer as well. When equipped with the optional navigation system, the TDI also gets foglamps, exterior chrome trim, keyless ignition/entry, manual front seat lumbar adjustment and the touchscreen navigation/stereo interface.

2012 Highlights

Fully redesigned last model year, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta features only minor changes. The SEL and TDI trim levels now offer a Fender audio system, while last year's Sport package for the SEL has been discontinued.

Performance & mpg

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Base and S come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 115 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 25 combined with the automatic and 24/34/28 with the manual. These numbers go up slightly if you use premium gasoline.

The Jetta SE, SEL and SEL Premium get a 2.5-liter inline-5 that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. It gets the same transmission choices as the 2.0-liter inline-4. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is actually quite similar, with 24/31/27 for the automatic and 23/33/26 for the manual. Jetta SE and SEL models sold in California-emissions states can also earn super-clean PZEV emissions certification. In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped Jetta SEL went from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds -- a good time for a midsize sedan with this type of fuel economy.

The Jetta TDI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel inline-4 that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and Volkswagen's six-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox is optional. In Edmunds performance testing, a Jetta TDI hustled from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. With either transmission, estimated fuel economy stands at an excellent 30/42/34.

Safety

The 2012 VW Jetta comes standard with traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. All Jettas have antilock brakes with brake assist; however, the S and SE have rear drums. The SEL trims and the TDI get rear discs. In Edmunds brake testing of an SEL with summer tires, the Jetta came to a stop from 60 mph in a better-than-average 117 feet. The TDI with all-season tires closed the same distance in a more disappointing 135 feet.

In government crash tests, the Jetta earned an overall score of four stars (out of a possible five). Within that rating, it earned four stars for overall front crash protection and five stars for overall side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Jetta its best possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.

Driving

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta remains a very German car in its solid, substantial feel. Though the steering has a small dead spot on-center and a somewhat artificial feel, it's quick and precise enough when guiding the Jetta through corners. The car's ride quality is also quite agreeable and the suspension easily soaks up most road irregularities.

The base 2.0-liter engine is wheezy and gets no better fuel economy than the 2.5; we'd strongly recommend avoiding this one. While not the smoothest or richest-sounding engine in its class, the 2.5-liter five-cylinder is definitely the better choice. We've noticed, however, an annoying, delayed throttle response when this engine is paired with the six-speed automatic.

Though it's notably more expensive than the 2.5-equipped SE and SEL, the TDI is a keen choice thanks to its meaty low-end torque and frugal fuel economy. The manual would again be a preferred choice, though the DSG, with its automated and manual modes, works well as a best-of-both-worlds choice.

Interior

When the new Jetta bowed last year, its interior disappointed us. Build quality was still tight, but the materials that once gave the Jetta its premium feel had been replaced by cheap, hard surfaces. For 2012, the SEL Premium trim gets some of those nicer materials back, but the Jetta used to stand out because even the lowliest trim level felt more special than the average compact sedan. Regardless of trim, some of the small features that used to set the Jetta apart are still MIA, including a height- and length-adjustable center armrest, rear-seat air vents and infinitely adjustable front backrests. The Jetta Sportwagen, still based on the Golf, has these features and is a nicer car for them.

That said, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is spacious enough for a full-size adult to sit comfortably in back with room to spare. Its 15.5-cubic-foot trunk is actually bigger than the Honda Accord's, a car that competes in a larger class. And the interior, while downgraded, still offers a clean and unfussy design. We particularly like the available touchscreen stereo interface and its redundant dial knob that's ideal for controlling an iPod. The associated navigation system, however, is a bit of a letdown due to the small screen and limited amount of displayed information.


Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta.

An excellent car, but do your homework
calex905,06/04/2012
This was the most reasonably priced car in this kind of fuel mileage range that did not feel like a toy. True the interior is not flashy, and I am a bit heavy for the standard seat bolsters, and it is not an independent rear suspension, but this little car is a kick to drive. I have 12,000 miles on and I have no complaints. I just got my first 50MPG trip this last weekend. In mixed driving I get 38 on the low side and can always depend on 44 to 45 MPG highway driving with cruise control on 65 or 70 from Fresno to Los Angeles and back. The DSG transmission does take a while to get used to but its a great car. Lots of torque and a huge backseat.
Lemon Car
g_simpson,08/03/2014
At 12,000 miles, the high pressure fuel pump blew up, destroying the whole fuel system. ($7500) That was bad enough for a one year old car, but then it did it again at 23,000 miles. Search the internet for articles about this problem, but VW has covered it up well. The dealer said they fix about 2 per week. The car suddenly lost power going 70 mph on I-5, then died. Just barely made it to the shoulder. Very scary. I hoped the new fuel pump they installed would be a better design, but obviously it was not, since the car blew up again 6 months later- same thing- high pressure fuel pump. We sold the car, and lost $10K. My friends Jetta did the same thing. Big rip off by VW. Smartest thing we ever did was sell it. Glad we sold before the big emissions scandal.
This car is a LEMON. Stay away!!
dirtmcgirt718,02/03/2015
I got it used with 7k miles on it. After I ran the odometer up to 65k miles, I ran into the same intercooler problem other people have. The intercooler traps moisture in cold weather, and after the temperature rises, it sucks water into the engine, and the lights on the dashboard go haywire. The electronics are also horrible. I've burned out countless lightbulbs, and apparently, after less than 3 years, and 65k total miles, my wiring harness has a short and needs replacement. VW refuses to believe there's anything wrong with the car, but clearly, I've read about similar problems before.
Awesome Buy
jcmoore5,06/18/2012
Best Bang for your buck! I don't know why reviewers slam the VW Jetta TDI so bad. I have driven all the others that this site has ranked with it. I recomend driving them all for your self. Find what car fits you. Do the math for your self. I think that you would be surprised.
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Features & Specs

MPG
30 city / 42 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 42 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 42 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 42 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover12.1%

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Used 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel Overview

The Used 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel is offered in the following styles: TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), and TDI 4dr Sedan w/Premium, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M).

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