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Despite its roomy interior and grown-up looks, the Jetta remains the most affordable route to putting a new VW in your garage. It's a well-rounded, highly efficient compact aimed at buyers who demand a lot of car for their money.

What's New for 2017

The lineup has been condensed into four main trim levels, each with substantially more standard equipment than last year.

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 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 engines 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:

1.4T S

Comes with the 1.4-liter engine and a hefty load of standard features, including a rearview camera, heated front seats and washer nozzles, Bluetooth phone and audio, LED running lights, and two-tone cloth seats. The S rolls on 16-inch steel wheels. Alloys are optional.

1.4T SE

Adds leatherette upholstery, leather trim for the steering wheels and shifter, a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and standard alloy wheels.

1.8T SEL

Gets the 1.8-liter engine, plus a power driver seat, automatic wipers and headlamps, automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

1.8T SEL Premium

Builds on the regular SEL with adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, a cooled glove box, an eight-speaker Fender audio system, and 17-inch wheels.

2.0T GLI SE

Receives the 2-liter engine along with upgraded braking and suspension systems. All of the other SE equipment is standard, along with navigation, parking sensors, the Fender sound system, and 18-inch wheels.

CarsDirect Tip

We're pleasantly surprised by how much extra standard equipment VW bestowed on the Jetta this year. Every model offers impressive content for the price. The SE stands out as an especially good value, all things considered.

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