2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP range
$27,895 - $28,995
New
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Pros

  • Spacious backseat and big trunk deliver the roominess of a big sedan with the footprint of a compact car
  • Four-cylinder engines are fun and fuel-efficient
  • Tech interface, touchscreen and navigation are fully featured and intuitive to operate

Cons

  • GLI model wants to be a high-performance car but is just sporty
  • It's pricier than some rivals
  • Interior trim and materials feel subpar compared to competitors
  • Handling and performance are just average
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.

2017 VW GLI: Civility with a killer instinct
Jason S. Davis, 11/2/2016
This car is hungry; truly in an almost uncivilized way...to be driven. The 210 hp TSI engine growls like it just wants more road to chew. For those who have heard criticism of VWs engine amplification to the cabin, three things: 1. Consider the source. 2. It’s an asset to hear when to shift gears. 3. Give it a listen first hand, the sound befits the agility of the car. Cornering is effortless and quick (four-wheel independent suspension) and the DSG gearing leaves cars in the rear view mirror at an alarming rate. The SE package is the only trim offering this year but valued well with every 2016 SEL amenity sans some front lighting features. As far as the body styling, the accents are sharply placed and the overall body appearance will undoubtedly age better than its over-styled U.S. and foreign competitors. The cabin is comfortable, well thought out and designed for both driver and passenger. Nod to Fender and VW for and even more remarkable sounding stereo then my previous 2012 Fender system. One wish: Versus my 2012 Jetta TDI, I have lost around 29 lb-ft torque which I long for at times. At that point, the GLI horse power with its torque placement at the low-end of the RPMs (unlike its “completion”) and my wish for the deisel has disappeared. Between the pairing of the 210 horse and the low-end pull the clamouring for the lost torque is a long distant memory (sort of like the car that could have been behind me just a second ago). Bottom line: Pick a nice day and go for a test drive...be prepared for the "giddy up" and to enjoy yourself. *One additional comment: in my experience, not having a GTI badge means you get most of the performance with fewer tickets secondary to it being a sedan. I have driven and appreciate both and “you can’t argue taste” but I appreciate a “sleeper” over something that screams.
Nice, but somewhat expensive.
John Keck, 11/9/2016
The Jetta GLI is a fairy sporty sedan. It's not the most economical of the Jetta trim levels, but offers great acceleration, braking, and handling. The interior is nice with a good infotainment system, parking assistance and blind spot monitoring. There are 18000 miles on the car at this point, and no problems thus far.
GLI Try and you buy
ED, 1/22/2017
I bought this loaded GLI used with 13k miles. I knew little about the car before driving it and never had a VW before only BMWs. Bought with 14k miles for 22,900 I love it. Fun to drive, good power, good everything unless you need an SUV and I often do for hauling big things
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John B., 5/12/2018
Better than I thought it would be. Great pickup and gas mileage.
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2017 Volkswagen Jetta video

JOSH SADLIER: This is automotive editor Josh Sadlier with an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. The 2017 Jetta is notable, because Volkswagen has finally done away with that strange proprietary electronics interface. Now there's just a USB port. And that's how it should be. So that's good news. The Jetta also continues to have a remarkably large back seat for this segment. Technically, it competes against cars like the Civic and the Corolla, so we call it a small sedan, except it's not. Really more of a mid-size. But the Jetta's always been a tough one for us to evaluate. On the plus side, it's got great power trains, three turbocharged engines, starting with a 1.4 that's just fine in the base models, 1.8 in the mid-range, which is even better, and then a 2-liter turbo in the GLI that you see here. It's actually a carryover from the previous generation GTI. And it's a gem. It's smooth and strong and everything you'd want at this price. But then you step inside and this is the rest of the story. Now, we mentioned the big back seat. And there it is. This really competes pretty well with some cars in the family sedan segment. So if you're looking for a roomy car in the small car class, the Jetta's pretty much the best. But if you look at the materials quality, that's where the Jetta really falls off, especially relative to Volkswagen's historical norms. The door panels are all hard plastic. Feel hollow when you rap your knuckles on them. There's just a sense that Volkswagen cut a few too many costs in here, especially given the company's reputation for quality in the past. The bottom line is that if you're looking for something German in this class, there's only one option and it's the Jetta. And it's fundamentally a pretty good car. But we just can't escape that kind of smarmy feeling, like they cheaped out on us. Hopefully, next time around, we'll see a better Jetta out of VW. For more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Expert Rundown

Looking for a sedan with generous interior space and a range of lively engines? The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$27,895
MPG
23 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
210 hp @ 5300 rpm
MSRP
$28,995
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
210 hp @ 5300 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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More about the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Ever since the Jetta was redesigned in 2011, we've had trouble accepting its new mission in life. Jettas of the past represented the best of European cars, more refined and better to drive than competing compact sedans. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is all about offering big interior for a small price, as if it were designed not for demanding drivers but for stingy warehouse-club shoppers.

To be fair, Volkswagen has made a lot of changes to the Jetta over its model run, refining the interior and replacing some of the low-cost mechanical bits with more sophisticated hardware. And when it comes to passenger and trunk space, the current Jetta trounces its predecessors, not to mention a few midsize sedans. Backseat comfort is excellent and trunk space is generous.

That said, the Jetta's cabin consists of staid styling and cheap trim bits. Lower-trim models are characterized by hard, shiny plastic, a cheap material that most automakers did away with years ago. At least the Jetta's technology is up to date, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and — finally! — a proper USB port in place of VW's proprietary media port (which required an expensive dealer-supplied connector to hook up a smartphone).

Base-model Jettas used to come with an ancient 2.0-liter eight-valve engine that (literally) dated from the last century, but VW has since replaced it with a slick 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower. However, it's the 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo that's the real gem. You can also get a 210-hp 2.0-liter turbo engine (sourced from Volkswagen's vaunted GTI) in the sporty Jetta GLI model. EPA fuel economy estimates range from a high of 33 mpg combined (28 city/40 highway) for the 1.4T manual down to 27 mpg combined for the GLI.

As a group, Jettas are comfortable and engaging to drive, though they no longer stand head and shoulders above the competition the way the previous-generation Jetta did. And while the GLI is very quick in a straight line, its road manners lag behind those of its high-performance competitors, including Volkswagen's own GTI.

Volkswagen has simplified the Jetta lineup for 2017 by reducing the number of available options; equipment is now largely determined by trim level. The S model offers most of the creature comforts we expect in a compact sedan, while the SE adds several nice-to-have features. SEL is the luxury version of the Jetta, and the GLI stands alone as the performance-oriented model. Which is the best one to buy? Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Volkswagen Jetta for you.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI Overview

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI is offered in the following styles: 2.0T GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and 2.0T GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

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