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.
2016 Volkswagen Jetta OVERVIEW
Volkswagen's Jetta was repositioned a few years ago to compete more directly with other economical compacts. That meant a lower price, simplified equipment choices, and greater emphasis on fuel efficiency. Despite its roomy interior and grown-up looks, the Jetta remains the most affordable route to putting a new VW in your garage.
What's New for 2016
Last year's base engine has been replaced by a more powerful turbocharged unit. The dash receives a new touchscreen interface, and more safety tech features are available.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Jetta
The current Jetta is known for its generous interior dimensions. Passenger and trunk space come close to midsize levels, and so does the new base engine. The 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder puts out 150 horsepower and delivers up to 33 mpg in combined city and highway driving. As before, you can upgrade to a 1.8-liter turbo with 170 horsepower. Both engine come standard with a five-speed manual transmission, and a six-speed automatic is optional.
At the top of the engine roster is a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that achieves 210 horsepower. The 2-liter can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automated manual.
Trim levels correspond to engine size:
The entry-level S is clearly a better deal this year thanks to the installation of the 1.4-liter turbo. That said, most buyers will still be more comfortable with the SE, which feels like a complete car.
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