2016 Volkswagen Jetta
2016 Volkswagen Jetta

Pros

  • Big backseat and trunk
  • energetic and fuel-efficient turbocharged engines
  • responsive hybrid powertrain.

Cons

  • Middling handling and steering
  • some subpar cabin materials, particularly in the lower trims
  • pricier than some rivals
  • GLI sport model isn't truly sporty.
Volkswagen Jetta years

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Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
43,311 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S
(5)
Stohlman Subaru of Sterling
2.8 mi away
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2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S 1.4T S BlackCARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX.Call directly 571-599-2228 to make an appointment with Pre Owned Sale Manager here at Stohlman Subaru of Sterling! Loudoun County's #1 Subaru Destination!
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
53,139 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T SE
CarMax
3.1 mi away
List$13,998
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 7-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NC, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S w/Technology 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
23,396 miles
Certified Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S w/Technology
(62)
Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles
3.8 mi away
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ONE OWNER, VOLKSWAGEN CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED WITH TWO YEAR OR 24,000 MILE WARRANTY!! Jetta 1.4T S w/Technology, I4, 6-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic, Platinum Gray, Titan Black w/Cloth Seat Trim, 15 Steel Wheels w/Full Covers. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S Platinum Gray w/Technology CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. FWD 6-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic I4 Recent Arrival! Odometer is 6891 miles below market average! 39/28 Highway/City MPG Volkswagen Combined Details: * 2 Years of 24-Hr Roadside Asst. Transferability See Dealer for Details * Roadside Assistance * Limited Warranty: 24 Month/24,000 Mile beginning on the new certified purchase date or expiration of new car warranty expires (whichever occurs later) (for Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned 2012-2017 Model Years program), 12 Month/12,000 Mile beginning on the new certified purchase date or expiration of new car warranty expires (whichever occurs later) (for Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned 2018 Model Year program), 24 Month/Unlimited Mile beginning on the new certified purchase date or expiration of new car warranty expires (whichever occurs later) (for Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned TDI Models program) * 100+ Point Inspection * Warranty Deductible: $50 * Vehicle History
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
47,173 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S
(1)
Honda of Tysons Corner
15 mi away
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2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S Sedan with 47,000 miles. Pure White over Back Interior. Options Include: Automatic Transmission, Touch Screen Infotainment System, Heated Exterior Power Mirrors, Split Fold Down Rear Seats, USBAUX Audio Input, Bluetooth System with Streaming Audio, and much more. This car is in great shape with a Clean Accident Free CarFAX History Report. The car has been inspected by our Factory Trained Technicians and passed Virginia State Inspection. Still Under Factory Power Train Warranty. An Extended Warranty is available for this car. Call Today for An Appointment. Stop By Today Come in for a quick visit at Honda of Tysons Corner, 1580 Spring Hill Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 to claim your Volkswagen Jetta Sedan!
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
26,040 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S
(2)
Fairfax Volvo Cars
15.1 mi away
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Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
22,441 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S
(3)
Rosenthal Fairfax Honda
15.1 mi away
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RECENT ARRIVAL** BELOW AVERAGE MILEAGE** VOLKSWAGEN CERTIFIED**ONE OWNER** CLEAN CARFAX** 2106 JETTA 1.4T S AUTOMATIC** WITH SERVICE HISTORY** WITH TOUCHSCREEN AM/AM/RADIO CD** USB & AUX IN** BLUETOOTH TELEPHONE CONNECTIVITY**CRUISE CONTROL** POWER DOOR LOCKS W/REMOTE** ANTI-LOCK BRAKES (ABS)**ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC)**INTELLIGENT CRASH RESPONSE SYSTEM (ICRS)** AND MORE!* BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! * 7 DAY EXCHANGE POLICY ON EVERY PURCHASE * OUR VEHICLES RECEIVE QUALITY INSPECTIONS AND ARE SERVICED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS. CALL ONE OF OUR SALES SPECIALISTS AT 1-877-638-7532 TO SCHEDULE YOUR PURCHASE.
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
39,063 miles
Certified Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T Sport PZEV
(6)
Stohlman Volkswagen
15.3 mi away
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VW JETTA SPORT ** CLEAN CARFAX ** ONE OWNER ** 17 ALLOY WHEELS ** HEATED SIDE MIRRORS ** HEATED SEATS ** LEATHERETTE SEATS ** BACK UP CAMERA ** PUSH BUTTON START ** NAVIGATION ** BLUETOOTH ** SIRIUS XM RADIO ** OUR VEHICLES RECEIVE QUALITY INSPECTIONS AND ARE SERVICED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS..STOHLMAN HAS BEEN SERVING THE AREA FOR OVER 80 YEARS.
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
17,597 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T Sport PZEV
(23)
Criswell Honda
16 mi away
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Recent Arrival! CARFAX One-Owner. Odometer is 17667 miles below market average! 25/36 City/Highway MPG MD State Inspected with a Fresh Oil Change! Every Pre-Owned vehicle purchased from Criswell Honda comes with a free CARFAX vehicle history report. The Used Vehicle Sale Price is plus sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Pictures may be for illustrative purposes only; offers not valid on prior sales. Please contact Criswell Honda in Germantown, MD for details the most current information. www.criswellhonda.com.
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
41,364 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S
(7)
King Volkswagen
16.8 mi away
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CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Reflex Silver Metallic 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S FWD 6-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic I4 Titan Black wCloth Seat Trim, 15 Steel Wheels wFull Covers, 4 Speaker Audio System, Low tire pressure warning, Radio: Composition Color w5 Touchscreen, Steering wheel mounted audio controls.2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S FWD. Recent Arrival! 2839 CityHighway MPG
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
32,947 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T Sport PZEV
(18)
Fitzgerald Toyota Gaithersburg
16.8 mi away
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Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T SEL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
29,444 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T SEL
(30)
Lindsay Manassas Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
17.6 mi away
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Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T SEL PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
36,517 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T SEL PZEV
CarMax
18 mi away
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 7-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NC, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S w/Technology 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
50,063 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S w/Technology
(1)
Ourisman Volkswagen Of Rockville
18.9 mi away
List$12,550
Est.Loan: $234/mo
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Just arrived at Ourisman Volkswagen of Rockville. Volkswagen Factory Certified Jetta 1.4T model with Backup camera! Excellent condition inside and out. Set of new tires with Maryland state Inspection, 1 Owner Clean CARFAX history report. Titan Black wCloth Seat Trim, ABS brakes, Brake assist, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Front anti-roll bar, Low tire pressure warning, Occupant sensing airbag, Overhead airbag, Radio data system, Rear anti-roll bar, Remote keyless entry, Speed-sensing steering, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Traction control.Buy your next VW from Ourisman VW, Maryland's #1 Volkswagen dealer in both Sales and Customer Satisfaction. 3928 HighwayCity MPGAll prices are plus tax, title, tag fees and $300 dealer processing. Ourisman is a family owned and operated business since 1921. Please call 888-684-7759 for more information today!
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
37,924 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T S
Auto Connection
19 mi away
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Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
33,218 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.4T SE
(4)
Rockville Audi
19.2 mi away
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*2016 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 1.4T SE WITH APP-CONNECT SMARTPHONE INTERFACE, BACKUP CAMERA, 6.3 INCH TOUCHSCREEN, BLUETOOTH, PUSH-BUTTON START!! *ENJOY 15 WHEELS, CRUISE CONTROL, MULTI-FUNCTION TRIP COMPUTER, COMPOSITION COLOR TOUCHSCREEN SOUND SYSTEM, MP3WMA-COMPATIBLE CD PLAYER, AMFM RADIO WITH SD MEMORY CARD READER, AUX-IN FOR PORTABLE AUDIO PLAYERS, BLUETOOTH, SIRIUSXM SATELLITE RADIO, HEATED POWER SEATS, STEERING WHEEL MOUNTED AUDIO CONTROLS, EXTERIOR PARKING CAMERA REAR AND SO MUCH MORE!! ROCKVILLE AUDI, THE MID ATLANTIC'S NUMBER 1 CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED DEALERSHIP!! ALSO AVAILABLE ON MOST CARS UP TO 10 YEARS OLD AND LESS THAN 120K MILES ARE OPTIONAL VEHICLE SERVICE CONTRACTS WHICH CAN OFTEN BE INCLUDED DIRECTLY WITH YOUR FINANCING OR CASH PAYMENT. MARYLAND STATE INSPECTED WITH OVER 120 POINT INSPECTION PERFORMED BY A TRAINED TECHNICIAN. BUYERS SHOULD TAKE PRIDE IN KNOWING THAT MARYLAND HAS ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE STATE INSPECTIONS IN THE COUNTRY. BUYERS COME FROM FAR AND WIDE FOR THE VALUE AVAILABLE WITH A SONIC PRE-OWNED VEHICLE. WE REGULARLY PICK-UP CLIENTS THAT USE OUR LOCAL ACCESS TO METRO AND AMTRAK, OR BY DCBALTIMORE AIRPORTS.
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
36,985 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T Sport PZEV
Tricars
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Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T SEL PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
13,945 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T SEL PZEV
Club Cars
20.2 mi away
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Volkswagen Jetta 2016 1.8T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
16,141 miles
Used 2016
Volkswagen Jetta
1.8T Sport PZEV
(2)
Koons Ford of Falls Church
20.7 mi away
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2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Sport Pure White 2-Tone Beige/Black w/V-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Heated Front Comfort Sport Seats, Navigation System, Speed control, Spoiler, V-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim. Recent Arrival! Odometer is 13433 miles below market average! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is a little rough around the edges, but it's still a generously sized compact sedan with excellent engines and just enough German personality to set it apart.

vehicle overview

If it seems a little squishy in here, it's because there's an elephant in the room. At the time of this writing, Volkswagen is still trying to figure out what to do with the diesel-powered engine in the 2016 Jetta TDI model after it was discovered the company has been cheating in emissions testing.

What VW might want to redirect your attention to, though, is the new turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that replaces last year's wheezy 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine. It's a peppy little mill and gets 32 mpg EPA combined. Really, from the new 1.4 all the way up to the GLI's turbo 2.0-liter and the nifty gas-electric alchemy of the Hybrid, the Jetta's engine lineup is uniquely sophisticated and compelling in this generally value-oriented segment.

For 2016, all of the VW Jetta's available engines are turbocharged to provide excellent power and fuel economy.

Alas, the rest of the Jetta isn't quite as great. In the past, the Jetta provided better refinement than the Civics and Corollas of the world. Its interior was of a higher quality and the driver experience was closer to a German sport sedan than a typical "economy" car. The current Jetta represents a shift toward more of a Costco philosophy of getting the biggest product for the least amount of money. Indeed, the Jetta has more cabin and trunk space than its competitors, but it doesn't feel quite as special as it used to. There's a whiff of cost-cutting here that was absent from previous models, and that makes the car harder to recommend.

On the bright side, this year's Jetta boasts an up-to-date tech interface with smartphone integration. But given how competitive some other compact sedans have become, it's hard to overlook the Jetta's lackluster handling and bland interior design. Top-rated competitors like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Mazda 3 have aped the old Jetta playbook while in some cases providing more features for the money. We'd recommend checking them out, too, as well as the nicer and more responsive VW Golf, before going the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta's way.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta configurations

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is available in a variety of trim levels and engine choices: 1.4T S, 1.4T SE, 1.8T Sport and 1.8T SEL. There are also GLI and Hybrid trims available.

Standard equipment on the Jetta S includes 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split rear seats, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system with a 5-inch touchscreen interface, a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The S Technology package adds a rearview camera, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, a USB port, a media player interface, satellite radio and VW Car-Net smartphone integration, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The Jetta SE includes all of the above plus 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, heated windshield washer nozzles, heated front seats and a front center armrest. The SE Connectivity package adds a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver lumbar adjustment, "V-Tex" premium vinyl upholstery, a rear center armrest and a six-speaker sound system with an enhanced Car-Net system.

Aside from the sunroof, 1.8T Sport gets all of the above plus a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels and foglights.

The new standard touchscreen interface in the 2016 VW Jetta is one of the segment's best for smartphone integration.

The 1.8T SEL reverts to standard suspension tuning, but adds different 17-inch wheels, the sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, automatic headlights and wipers, higher-quality interior materials, and front reading lights and vanity mirror lights. The SEL Premium package adds a six-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a cooled glove compartment and an eight-speaker Fender audio system.

The Lighting package available on Sport and SEL trims adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and ambient interior lighting. The Driver Assistance package optional on the SEL trims adds adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning and automatic emergency braking, a blind-sport warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Jetta GLI is available in SE and SEL trim levels. They essentially line up with the regular Jetta versions, but both have a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, special styling elements, sport seats, the Connectivity package elements, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless ignition and entry, and the Fender sound system. The SEL differs with 18-inch wheels, a blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert system, LED running lights, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a navigation system.

The Hybrid is available only as the SEL Premium. It has the same extras as the GLI SEL, plus extra hybrid-specific styling elements and trip computer readouts. It reverts to the six-speaker sound system.

2016 Highlights

The Jetta's slow and inefficient base engine has finally been shown the door, replaced by a modern, small turbocharged four-cylinder in the S and SE trim levels. Every Jetta also gets a new touchscreen interface, while advanced accident avoidance tech is added to the options list. Finally, the diesel-powered Jetta TDI will be unavailable for much or all of 2016 as Volkswagen corrects the car's non-compliant emissions system.

Performance & mpg

Every Jetta is front-wheel drive. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T has a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder good for 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission with hill hold assist is standard; a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 32 mpg combined (28 city/39 highway) with the automatic; VW estimates the manual achieves 33 mpg combined (28/40).

The Jetta 1.8T models have a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is standard on the Sport, while a six-speed automatic is optional on the Sport and standard on the SEL. In Edmunds performance testing, a Jetta 1.8T with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, which makes it the quickest compact sedan we've tested at the time of this writing. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg combined (25/36) with the automatic. The manual gets 1 mpg highway better.

The Jetta GLI has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automated manual (DSG) is optional. Expect a 0-60 time in the mid-to-upper 6-second range. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg combined (24/33) with the automatic. The manual gets 1 mpg worse in the city.

The Jetta Hybrid is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that works in tandem with an electric motor and a seven-speed automated manual. Total output is 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, the Jetta Hybrid ran from zero to 60 mph in a swift 7.8 seconds, making it one of the quickest non-luxury hybrids. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 44 mpg combined (42/48). During an extensive Edmunds fuel economy test consisting of city, highway and interstate driving, the Jetta Hybrid averaged 43.0 mpg overall.

Safety

Every 2016 Volkswagen Jetta comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. All but the base S without the Technology package comes with a rearview camera. The 1.8T and TDI SEL trims are available with the Driver Assistance package that adds a frontal collision warning and automatic emergency braking, a blind-sport monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.

VW's Car-Net telematics system, standard from SE with Connectivity on up, includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing (which allows parents to set boundaries for teenage drivers). A Car-Net smartphone app lets owners control many of these functions on the go.

In government crash tests, the Jetta received five out of five stars for overall safety, with four stars for total front impact protection and five stars for total side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Jetta the highest possible crash rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests, as well as a "Good" score in the side-impact, roof strength and seat/head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Jetta SE came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is better than average.

Driving

With the ancient 2.0-liter base engine replaced by the more powerful and efficient 1.4-liter turbo, the Jetta has the most appealing powertrain lineup in the segment. While we have not sampled the new engine, its specs on paper are competitive, and we've yet to meet a Volkswagen turbo-4 we didn't like. On that note, the 1.8-liter turbo that comes standard on the Sport and SEL trims is a fantastic offering, boasting impressive acceleration, smooth refinement and relatively thrifty fuel economy.

Then there's the 2.0-liter found in the GLI. It's also a refined engine that punches above its weight in real-world driving, providing grin-inducing torque at almost any rpm. We're just not especially enamored with the car it comes in. If you're simply looking for a sportier version of the Jetta, the GLI certainly hits the spot, but its steering, handling and braking abilities are far below what you'd get in sport compacts like the Ford Focus ST and VW GTI. As for lesser Jettas, they ride smoothly and comfortably, but so do some other rival sedans that also manage to feel more alive and engaging when driving around turns.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is a comfortable car to drive, but others surpass it when it comes to cornering prowess.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Jetta Hybrid manages to pull off the neat trick of delivering hybrid fuel economy without driving like a hybrid. As we discovered in our Hybrid Sedan Comparison Test, the Jetta is quick and lively around town, with a more conventional-feeling power delivery than hybrid versions of the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Its smaller size than those midsizers also imparts a greater sense of agility.

Interior

Almost every compact sedan today features an eye-catching interior design with edgy shapes and a focus on the latest technology. The key word there is "almost." The Jetta's cabin, by contrast, is resolutely conservative in appearance, with materials ranging from glaringly spartan in lower trims (the dash and doors are covered with hard, shiny plastic, for instance) to merely adequate in upper trims (the dash adopts a soft-touch, low sheen material, but the door panels remain unyielding). Volkswagen's Golf hatchback has a much more attractive, higher-quality cabin, as do the rival 2016 Honda Civic and Mazda 3.

For 2016, the Jetta gets a welcome injection of technology. Volkswagen's latest touchscreen interface is standard on every trim level, available in two sizes and offering VW Car-Net as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration. Unchanged, thankfully, is the Jetta's remarkable spaciousness by segment standards. The backseat dwarfs that of just about every other compact sedan and hatchback (including the Golf), and the remarkable 15.7-cubic-foot trunk is on par with bigger midsize sedans.


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My Best New Bet Under 20K.
Marusik,06/01/2016
When my lease was up, I was again in the market for a new car. Since I had set my budget limit at 20K, I wanted to compare all my options in this highly competitive segment. After reading quite a few reviews, including the expert ones (which in some cases differed dramatically), I test drove my three runner ups with very different results. The CVT in the eye catching Honda Civic was not my favorite feature (nor was the fact that the turbo engine is only available in the higher end trims at a price that exceeded my budget). The Mazda 3 has everything I like in a car, particularly if your daily commute is as short as mine. Perhaps through back and twisty roads (which makes it a perfect weekend date), but not quite so comfortable for everyday, especially on the highway -let alone long trips... That's why I found myself so thrilled when I drove the 2016 Jetta. The first thing that impressed me was how responsive it's little 1.4 liter engine is. It seems to be on steroids and always eager to please, even the most demanding drivers. The breaks are some of the most efficient in it's class, and it's driving dynamics are to be highlighted. Even in the voice of some the experts: "the electric power steering is precise and direct, and the crispness and agility of this compact sedan easily exceed the standards of its class." (C&D). Which by the way, contradicts some the driving impressions of the Edmund's experts... Worth mentioning, cabin space and quietness, sensible and flawless connectivity with the technology package, which works great even with my older iPhone. It makes my life much easier... All in all, my best new bet under 20K. So, if you are no too apprehensive, and/or resentful of VW as a brand name in the news lately, go ahead and take it for a spin. I'm sure you won't be disappointed...
What a value!
Matt,01/18/2016
Second Update: I sold the car in May of 2017 in favor of an e-Golf. The car was great right up until the day I sold it. Update: After a year of ownership, I still think this car is tremendous value. The car is fun to drive, and the "Sport" suspension is actually a GLI suspension, which explains the improved grip going around corners. So far, no out-of-routine maintenance issues, and the engine revs happily and smoothly. Tire wear is pretty average, I lost about 3.5/32nds of tread in the last 10000 miles. Let's see how it holds up this year! This car is of tremendous value. I have no idea what Edmunds was thinking, but my Jetta Sport MT is by far the best value I have seen in its class. While the MSRP is high, the dealer incentives and negotiating ability can easily knock the price down on this car anywhere from 3k-6k depending on your geographic location. My car just barely exceeded $18,500 after negotiations and VW Credit incentives, and has a 2-tone leatherette interior, really nice sport rims, a deck lid spoiler, navigation, CarPlay, and one of the best touch screens I have seen in the automotive market. It has a backup camera and all the other bells and whistles competitors have. Driving wise, the manual transmission is a medium throw that has very positive engagement, and the car's grip to the road is solid to say the least. The engine. The 1.8T is in my opinion VW's best value of money and delivers an exceeding satisfying punch in the back off the line. The steering, however, is dull and totally disconnected from the road. This isn't a deal breaker, especially with all of the other equipment packed into this bargain car. The trunk is ENORMOUS. The seats are hugging, soft, heated, and comfortable. The rear seats have a 60/40 split fold and even have a ski shoot in the middle. What more do you want from a car? For $18,500, you'd be hard pressed to find an LX civic with half the equipment in this car. We'll see how the reliability is, but for the life of my lease I'm not concerned. My advice is to skip the SE and SEL, and go straight to the sport model for the best value in the market. You won't regret your decision!
Strong value for the money
John Witherspoon,12/26/2015
I have a Black 2016 Jetta Sport model with a MSRP of $23,300 which includes a unique two tone white/black heated leatherette seats and automatic transmission. The two tone white interior can be found in other cars though at a minimum the MSRP would be 5K or higher. Standard features include a sport suspension, fog lights, front and rear spoiler, unique gray/black 17 inch rims, heated outside mirrors, navigation, rear view camera, 8 way adjustable driver seat and 6 way passenger seat, Apple car play ( or Android Auto) and an above average sounding stereo. It has the highest safety rating of 5 stars. Fuel ratings on the highway are 37 and city is 25. Reliability has been average. Interior volume is on par with a mid size with plenty of leg and headroom for both front and rear passengers and a mid size trunk. The places you touch such as the center armrest, steering wheel, gearshift, armrests on the doors are black leather with white stitching and are soft. The white stitching adds to the more upscale look of the two tone interior. Hard plastic and chrome cover the areas that you do not touch. Simple dash layout that is not as dramatic as others in this class like the Mazda 3. Getting to adjust the manual seats and power outside mirrors take some time time to figure out. The engine is a 1.8 with 175 horsepower and 185 in torque coming on at a low 1800 RPM. This makes the car accelerate to 40 where the majority of the driving is done quicker than the majority of compact vehicles and even cars with over 200 horsepower. 0 to 60 is also good at 7.5. The car feels like it has more power than what is under the hood. BMW has been doing the same thing for many years. You will always have plenty of power and no need to mash the pedal to get up to any speed that is needed. Tires are Pirelli at 17 R45 so they are tall and wide giving good grip for handling and smoothing out the bumps on the road. You will feel the road bumps though nothing to jarring. On smooth pavements the car is smooth and quiet as there is increased insulation and the tires do not resound with noise. Handling is above average with no body roll and the steering has a tighter feel. It is a fun car to drive. With my local VW dealers online discount and the conquest cash for switching my Hyundai Sonata the bottom line was $20,500. Other compact cars like the Civic, Cruze, Corolla and Elantra can offer more features like a sunroof in this price range though you will get a weaker engine and not as much fun driving as this Jetta. You could get a better performance and handling car like a Mazda 3 or Ford Focus though at this price point you would get cloth seats, no navigation and other features the Jetta Sport has included. Most experts agree even with the billions VW will pay over the next few years with the scandal they and their other companies Audi and Porsche are not going to fold. If your car buying budget is 24K or less it would be worth to test drive the VW Jetta Sport and see what your dealer can offer in discounts. I think it has the most value when you look at the unique two tone interior, the features, mid size interior room, good fuel economy and a driving experience that is fun.
Liked it so much we bought two
Tim,12/16/2015
This is a great car for the money, especially with the large discounts off MSRP (about five grand) that can be negotiated currently. Within a two week span, my college graduate bought an S model, and I bought the SEL for myself. We both like the car for it's roominess, attractive and uncluttered cabin, technology (especially Apple CarPlay), great turbo engines, and gas mileage. We looked at a number of other cars in the same class; the Jetta was a quick choice because it feels much more "mature" than the others, and actually has a rear seat that grown-ups can sit in. The expert review makes a big deal about the cheap interior materials, but how often to you touch/feel the dash or door panels, and if you do, does it really matter if they are squishy or not? The leatherette seats are very comfortable, at a price point below the competitors' leather trims. The only real complaint I have so far is the suspension which seems quite stiff going over speed bumps and rough pavement, and a little more interior noise than I am used to. The Jetta cabin is a great place to spend my commute and a lot of fun to drive, regardless of what the experts say about the interior materials and handling. I don't plan on taking it to the racetrack anytime soon, and I'll leave the twisty back-country romps to the professional car testers. Regardless how you may feel about VW, this is still a well-engineered German car - at roughly half the price of a BMW 3 series or Audi A4. I'm still a big VW fan, scandal or not. Long live Fahrvergnugen!
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Features & Specs

MPG
25 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4800 rpm
MPG
28 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
28 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
25 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4800 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
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is offered in the following submodels: Jetta Sedan, Jetta 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV, Jetta Hybrid, Jetta 2.0T GLI SE PZEV, Jetta 2.0T GLI SEL, Jetta 2.0T GLI SE. Available styles include 1.8T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.4T S w/Technology 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T SEL PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.4T SE w/Connectivity 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2.0T GLI SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T GLI SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2.0T GLI SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T SEL 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T SEL Premium PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.4T S w/Technology 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), 2.0T GLI SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1.8T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Hybrid SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 7AM), and 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

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Price comparisons for Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta trim styles:

  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Sport PZEV is priced between $11,876 and$17,995 with odometer readings between 9333 and69002 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S is priced between $7,991 and$14,990 with odometer readings between 6818 and95972 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S w/Technology is priced between $11,288 and$15,185 with odometer readings between 9554 and50063 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SEL PZEV is priced between $13,911 and$18,495 with odometer readings between 2563 and52476 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SE is priced between $10,450 and$15,186 with odometer readings between 49 and60187 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV is priced between $18,888 and$21,990 with odometer readings between 16436 and31815 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SE w/Connectivity is priced between $13,200 and$16,990 with odometer readings between 4674 and46639 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI SE PZEV is priced between $12,850 and$18,483 with odometer readings between 29450 and97867 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI SEL is priced between $16,500 and$20,500 with odometer readings between 14404 and57745 miles.
  • The Used 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SEL is priced between $14,197 and$14,750 with odometer readings between 29444 and49085 miles.

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