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Today’s Volkswagen Jetta is larger and more polished than its predecessors, while supplying the most affordable gateway to the brand. In the 2018 Jetta, Volkswagen offers something for nearly everyone, from basic to sporty to premium.

What's New for 2018

The most significant news for 2018 is an upgrade to the Jetta’s warranty. Volkswagen's “People First Warranty” is a six-year or 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper new vehicle limited warranty that’s also fully transferable. Other changes involve mostly package upgrades as well as the introduction of a Wolfsburg Edition that's slotted between the S and SE grades.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen offers the 2018 Jetta in six trims: S, Wolfsburg Edition, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and GLI. The sedan seats five, but three adults will struggle to squeeze into the rear seat despite ample legroom. Cargo volume measures 15.5 cubic feet, the largest size in the class and better than some mid-size models. Additional storage space can be had by folding forward the 60/40-split rear seatback. A passthrough is available for longer items.

Three engine choices are available, beginning with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It's the only engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available and standard elsewhere. Models equipped with the manual gearbox are the most fuel efficient, delivering an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon city and 40 mpg highway.

A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 170 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque delivers an EPA-estimated 24/33 mpg city/highway. Exclusive to the top-of-the-line GLI is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 210 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. This model makes an EPA-estimated 24/33 mpg city/highway.

1.4T S

Priced from $19,495 (prices include $850 destination fee), the Jetta S is one of three trims powered by the base engine. Add $1,000 for the available automatic transmission. Standard features include halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, power-folding heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, cloth seats, a 5.0-inch color touchscreen display, one USB port, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. An available Cold Weather Package ($495) adds heated front seats and heater washer nozzles.

1.4T Wolfsburg Edition

The all-new Wolfsburg Edition, powered by the 1.4-liter engine, starts at $21,195. This model builds on the S and adds different 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a front sport bumper with fog lights, leather garnish, imitation leather seats, heated front seats, and Wolfsburg badging.

1.4T SE

Starting at $22,095 and powered by the 1.4-liter engine, the SE adds a new chrome grille, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, and an upgraded 6.33-inch touchscreen display with HD Radio and smartphone integration. This model also includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

1.8T SE Sport

With a starting price of $24,095, the SE Sport is one of two models with the 1.8-liter, 170-hp engine. Upgrades here include a black radiator grille, 17-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels, rear spoiler, window trim, side mirror caps, gloss black interior trim, and black headliner.

1.8T SEL

Also powered by the 1.8-liter engine, the SEL edition is priced from $27,095. This model has unique 17-inch wheels and adds amenities such as dual-zone climate control, a power driver’s seat, a glovebox with a cooling feature, navigation, an eight-speaker Fender premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

2.0T GLI

The top-of-the-range GLI is the best equipped Jetta model and starts at $30,395. It's the only Jetta powered by the 2.0-liter engine. This model comes with a unique front fascia, new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, upgraded front sport seats, LED taillights, and front and rear park assist.

CarsDirect Tip

With a generous amount of standard equipment, the base S trim is an ideal model to consider. Add in the Cold Weather Package and you’re looking at a well-equipped small sedan for under $20,000.

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