Prices for the 2018 Jetta start at $19,495 for a manually-equipped, 1.4-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder base S model and top out at $30,395 for an automatic-equipped, 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder GLI. Between those two are four additional trim levels for 2018 – Wolfsburg, SE, SE Sport, and SEL. The 1.4-liter turbo is also fitted to the Wolfsburg and SE, while the SE Sport and SEL receive a third engine – a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
All seven models feature the usual power features plus heated outside mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and a generous six-year/72,000-mile basic and powertrain warranties. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on SE and above trims, while adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking systems are standard and only available on the SEL model.
We'd skip both the base S and the Wolfsburg and head straight to the SE trim that, in addition to the blind-spot monitor, adds a power sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette seats (heated in front), keyless push-button start, and a larger 6.3-inch touchscreen with satellite radio. We'd also opt for the five-speed manual but, being realistic, most buyers will choose the six-speed automatic.
Here, then, is how it would look:
- Model: 2018 Volkswagen Jetta SE
- Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 150 hp / 184 lb-ft
- Transmission:Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 28 City / 38 Hwy
- Options: Six-speed automatic transmission ($1,000)
- Base Price: $22,095 (including an $850 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$23,095