The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact car introduced in 1979 as a saloon version of the ever popular Golf. It is one of the most important cars for Volkswagen, especially when speaking of the US market. In recent years, Volkswagen has also introduced its station wagon version, marketed as Jetta SportWagen.
Jetta is generally considered as a very green car and its TDI version won the glamorous Green Car of the Year award in 2009. The car is commonly praised for providing good value for money as it offers the renowned Germanic solidity, an excellent range of engines, firm ride, near perfect handling and an upscale fit and finish for a reasonable price.
There are various different trim levels and engines available, depending on the state. Some TDI engines were not sold in certain states due to rather restrictive emission standards. The best selling trim level is the GLS which is preferred over other trim levels mainly because of its turbocharged 1.8T engine.
Volkswagen has put some extra effort and introduced certain innovations such as diesel particulate filters, electronic stability programs and other active and passive safety systems.
It has one of the slowest depreciation rates of all cars sold in the US and its most common price range is $5,000-$12,000 at car auction. Owners of Jetta like it the most if it comes in black, silver or grey.
2.0 TDI versions of Jetta have been recalled because of faulty injector lines and fuel injector pulses. Those same engines were also the subject of numerous reports on stalling. Five-cylinder engines should be avoided as they are particularly noisy and not very fuel-efficient. Limited rear seat legroom is another frequent complaint. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Jetta an overall “good” rating for crash tests, stating that the side impact performance was the best ever rated.
The best selling trim level is the Jetta GLI which is preferred over other trim levels mainly because of its of its turbocharged… rdsf.ly/VW-Jetta
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