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2020 Volkswagen Jetta

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$14,749 - $22,995
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2020 1.4T S w/SULEV 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $18,895
2020 1.4T SE w/ULEV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $22,645
2020 1.4T R-Line w/SULEV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $22,695
2020 1.4T SEL w/ULEV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $25,495
2020 1.4T SEL Premium w/ULEV 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $27,945
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2.9 (Fair)

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What's New

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta returns after last year's generational debut. This year’s Jetta is largely the same, but VW has added extra features and options throughout the lineup.

New for 2020 is the inclusion of the Cold Weather Package, which adds features like a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and remote start, which is standard on SEL and SEL Premium trims and optional on SE and SE R-Line. All models also are now equipped with in-car wi-fi capability, while SEL and SEL Premium models receive standard wireless charging.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta has five available trims: S, SE, R-Line, SEL, and SEL Premium. Pricing starts at $19,815 including destination for the base S model and climbs to $28,865 for the SEL Premium.

Engine Choices

Only one engine choice is available across the Jetta range: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. With an output of 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the Jetta isn’t exactly speedy in its standard form. If you want a faster version, you’ll have to look at the Jetta GLI (covered separately).

On S and R-Line trims, the Jetta comes standard with six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed automatic is available for $800. The automatic gearbox is standard on the SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive isn't available.

Instead of performance, the Jetta is focused on fuel economy. It earns an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon city, 40 mpg highway, and 34 combined with either transmission. This is incredible efficiency for a non-hybrid vehicle.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Jetta has plenty of room. It offers seating for five, but it's better suited for four passengers, although it does have 37.4 inches of rear leg room. Unfortunately, the front seats in S, SE, and SEL trims lack lumbar support, and the wide center console can intrude on leg room for the driver.

The Jetta has a pretty typical trunk for its class, with 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear seats also fold down with a 60/40 split for extra long items.

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Safety Features

Unlike offerings from Toyota and Honda, the Jetta doesn't come standard with a full suite of advanced safety features across its lineup. Base models require $450 for the Driver Assistance Package, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and heated side mirrors.

These features become standard on the SE trim. The SEL and SEL Premium also receive adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

The Jetta did score well in crash testing, with a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and top marks from the IIHS. The one demerit received from IIHS were the car’s poor headlights, which prevented it from earning a Top Safety Pick award.


The base Jetta S comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wi-fi hot spot capability, one USB port, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. The SEL receives a larger 8-inch touchscreen, a wireless phone charger, and a second USB port, while the SEL Premium comes with navigation.

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S - From $19,815

The Jetta S is equipped with durable cloth seats available in black or gray, LED headlights and taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat.

The only option package available for the Jetta S is the aforementioned $450 Driver Assistance Package, which adds automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

SE - From $23,565

The SE features a number of standard upgrades over the base model that are sure to catch the buyer’s eyes. These include keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leatherette seats, heated front seats, and the safety features of the Driver Assistance Package. The automatic transmission is also standard.

The only package available is the $500 Cold Weather Package, which adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, remote start, and a heated lower windshield portion, which can help free your wipers from ice.

R-Line - From $23,615

For just $50 more over the SE, the R-Line offers a sportier look with a gloss black grille, two-tone leatherette seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, a dual exhaust, fog lights, and plenty of badging to tell people that you don’t have a “regular” SE.

While it may not get any extra power, the R-Line does receive an electronic differential that uses the brakes for improved handling and the manual transmission.

SEL - From $26,415

The SEL takes another step upward with its standard 8-inch touchscreen, heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, Beats audio system, 10.3-inch configurable digital display, wireless charging, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and interior ambient lighting. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also included.

SEL Premium - From $28,865

The SEL Premium has enough features to make many offerings from luxury brands blush. Standard features include a six-way power driver's seat with memory, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, memory functionality for the side mirrors, and a rear sport valance.

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CarsDirect Tip

We don’t often recommend top models, but the SEL and SEL Premium models allow you to get the most out of the 2020 VW Jetta. The modern interior and the sheer number of features puts many entry-level luxury cars to shame, at a price tag that’s around $10,000 less.

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Expert Review

  • Jetta you know and love
  • Strong fuel economy
  • Luxurious top trim
  • Too bland for some
  • Poor front seats
  • Sluggish in base form
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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A traditionalist at heart. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta isn't here to rock the boat. VW’s compact sedan entered its seventh generation last year, and it was the brand's top seller until the Volkswagen Tiguan stole the title in 2018.

Crossovers may be winning sales, but the Jetta is here to argue that sedans still deserve a look. It carries forward the same virtues that made it a hit: refinement and value.

Flamboyance isn't among those virtues. The exterior design is all buttoned up, a four-door silhouette that’s inoffensive but unmemorable. Upper trims get dressier with flashy wheels and LED lights, but it’s still easy to lose the Jetta in a parking lot.

The interior is equally bland, but fit and finish is generally good. Hard plastics are still in evidence here and there, but the seat upholstery is pleasantly durable, and the Jetta delivers plenty of refinement for the money.

Better in the back? The trim may be good, but we’re not as impressed with the seats themselves. A wide center console cuts into leg room, and the front seats in most trims lack lumbar support. Better thrones are available, but buyers will need to get the range-topping SEL Premium to unlock them.

Things improve in the second row with 37 inches of rear leg room, which is good for a compact sedan. In fact, the rear seats have nearly as much head room as the front. The Jetta’s 14.1 cubic feet of cargo storage is about average for the class.

Infotainment just about keeps up with the rest of the market, although the base 6.5-inch screen is small compared to some rivals. A larger 8-inch version is limited to the SEL and SEL Premium trims.

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Taking things slow (or not). Excitement isn't high on the Jetta’s list of priorities. The base powertrain is only adequate at 147 horsepower, and a simple suspension setup does little to encourage enthusiastic driving. The manual transmission is a good one, but most trims get an eight-speed automatic.

The R-Line trim is a purely stylistic upgrade and offers no performance benefits. Corner carvers will have to spring for the pricier VW Jetta GLI (covered separately). It comes with a 228-horsepower turbocharged engine and has a lower and stiffer suspension.

The Jetta is an efficiency star. The EPA estimated that the base engine will do 34 miles per gallon combined with either transmission, and up to 40 mpg on the highway. Even the sporty GLI gets a reasonable 28 mpg combined.

Going all in. It’s rare that we recommend looking toward the top of a trim lineup. The base trims of the Jetta aren’t bad – the Jetta S is a reasonable buy starting under $20,000. It doesn’t include standard safety tech we’ve come to expect, but adding the package is a reasonable $450.

The next step up (SE) is even better, adding synthetic leather, a sunroof, and automatic climate control to go with the safety tech.

But surprisingly, the Jetta makes the most sense in the top SEL or SEL Premium trims. Not only do they get the upgraded infotainment system, but they also come with a heated steering wheel, a Beats audio system, wireless charging, and adaptive cruise control.

The SEL Premium furthers adds leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and navigation. At a starting price under $30,000, it steps on the toes of luxury cars costing $10 grand more.

Final thoughts. The 2020 VW Jetta is business as usual. A comfortable ride, sensible interior, and stellar efficiency are spoiled only slightly by poor front seats. The top Jetta trim makes for a reasonable pick for budget luxury.

If the Jetta has a fatal flaw, it’s a lack of flavor. In a world full of spunky crossovers, we’re not sure “bland” is the word VW was looking for. Sedan shoppers should rejoice, however – the Jetta is the same as ever, and that’s not a bad thing.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 147 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 8-spd Tiptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
30 / 40 / 35 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 147 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
30 / 40 / 35 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
95 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
185.1 "
Exterior Width
70.8 "
Exterior Height
57.4 "
Front Headroom
38.5 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
41.1 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,888 Lbs. / 2,959 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Front Assist W/autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Monitoring Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 20,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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