I now have 23,000 miles on my Jetta. I haven't had any mechanical problems. Mileage in and around town is about 32 - 33 mpg. My best highway mileage is 43 mpg. The 1.8 TSI engine does not use any oil and has lots of power. The interior (and trunk) is very roomy and comfortable. The ride is quiet and smooth. My wife liked it so well, she now has a new 2016 Jetta S. This car is a joy to drive and still a great value!
Bought this car as a come on from newspaper ad. $13599 0% financing. It is exactly what I wanted and got. Underpowered? Yes! Bells & whistles? No. Basic affordable transportation? Yes! If you want more upgrade!!! HWY mpg 41 @ 75mph in town 27 mpg. Don't dog this car you can't make it faster, it is what it is. I love it. No problems great dealer and service department.
UPDATE 2-20-17 the car is still as described above with the usual parking lot road wear and tear. No problems. Snow tires added this year, what a difference they make. No squeaks or rattles. Overall I'm pleased with the Jetta S but I knew what I was buying.
Picked up the car just before Thanksgiving. Covered 800 miles thus far. Handles well, but not a sports car. Has that 'tight' feeling of quality that German cars are often described as having. New turbo motor & the return of the independent rear suspension is the main reason I selected the Jetta over a '14 Mazda 6. The power of the new motor works well being mated to the auto trans.
Engine is extremely smooth and revs freely. Transmission is quick to up-shift in pursuit of MPG's, but also downshifts quickly if you need to pick up the pace.
Interior is clean with simple controls. Heated seats have been handy with the vinyl seats and the cold temps in my neck of the woods.
My SE with the 1.8L turbo has been sublime so far. Anyone who bothers with the way underpowered 115hp 2.0 base Jetta should check themselves into a mental hospital. Don't go near it. Head straight for the 1.8 in the SE for only a 2-3K more.
This car is so fun and engaging to drive. The 1.8 really performs and it's even better once its broken in. Never at a loss for power and the ride/handling/comfort are stellar. This car was a steal for what I paid for it (under $20K with discounts). And love the v-tex leatherette heated seats, soft leather steering wheel..etc. Yes the dash is kind of no frills but who cares. It's the driving that it's all about and this car delivers it comfortably.
First off the review that says the seats are hard and uncomfortable.......either that's a fake review or the person is demented.
The seats in Jetta are superb.
Been on 3 hour drives and they are simply great and supportive.
The extended and height adjustable armrest is a great idea too.
The 1.8t is noticeably better in all aspects compared to the 2.5....smoother, faster, better mpgs.
Car handles great, rides like a dream, and soaks up the bumps well.
Averaging 25-27mpg in mixed driving.
Got mine for about 3K under sticker so it was around 19K before tax.
Drives like a much more expensive car.