Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Volkswagen Jetta OVERVIEW
The Volkswagen Jetta has something for everyone in a variety of configurations that range from the economical base package to feistier GLI models.
What's New for 2014
The 1.8 liter turbo engine kicks out more oomph for a lighter footprint. Connected services and multi-link suspension are also new features.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Jetta
Critical to your choice of a Jetta is your choice of an engine. There are four:
The base engine is a 2-liter engine that produces 115 horsepower and earns 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
The more powerful 170-horsepower 1.8-liter is even more efficient, with EPA ratings of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
Horsepower in the 2-liter TDI diesel engine drops to 140, but mileage jumps to 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.
At the top of the lineup is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that churns out 210 horsepower and earns 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with an automatic transmission, or 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with a manual.
Once you've decided on an engine, it's time to explore trim levels. There's no simple way to present what are an array of trim levels, so we'll try to be succinct:
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