2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan – Specifications, Pictures, Prices

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

As part of the last redesign, the Jetta grew in length and width, resulting in a relatively spacious interior compartment with 38.1-inches of rear legroom – rivaling the space offered by some midsize sedans. Although contemporary and user-friendly, the interior is a bit Spartan in base models, with fewer of the soft-touch materials and higher quality materials than in the previous-generation model.

Outside, the styling is decidedly understated, with traditional front-wheel-drive sedan proportions and many cues lifted directly from other VW models.

While not eye-catching, the overall look is clean, cohesive and even sophisticated when equipped with the optional upsized alloy wheels.

Powertrain Lineup

The Jetta can be had with three different engines. Entry-level models are afflicted with a truly archaic 2.0-liter four-cylinder with just two valves per cylinder (nearly all modern engines have twice that valve count). Output is just 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, and mileage is rated at a middling 24/34 highway/city mpg with the standard five-speed manual transmission and 24/32 mpg with the optional six-speed automatic.

The mid-level engine is a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces a healthy 170 horsepower thanks in part to the use of direct fuel injection.

Also on offer is an efficient and torquey TDI turbodiesel engine. This 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill produces 140 horsepower and a robust 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine returns an impressive 30/42 mpg with either the standard six-speed stick or six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Trim Level Breakdown

Gas-powered Jettas are available in S, SE, and SEL trims (each with sub-trim levels), while the TDI is available in a single trim with several sub-trims, too.

The Jetta S comes standard with the 2.0-liter motor in addition to power windows and locks, air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD sound system with an AUX-in jack and 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps. The Jetta S with Sunroof adds (you guessed it) a sunroof along with cruise control and an adjustable front center armrest with a storage compartment.

The Jetta SE brings the 1.8-liter four-banger and adds to the Jetta S’ features with leatherette upholstery, a folding rear seat with an adjustable center armrest and pass-through, and a front center armrest with a storage compartment and 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps.

The Jetta SE also includes power-recline driver and front passenger seats, decorative metallic trim on the dash and door panels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever, a high-resolution display in the instrument cluster, a chrome radiator grille and chrome window trim.

The Jetta SE with Convenience sub-trim brings 16-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a media device interface with an iPod cable and Sirius satellite radio. The imaginatively named SE with Convenience and Sunroof adds a sunroof along with a premium touchscreen-activated sound system.

The Jetta SEL adds to the Jetta SE with Convenience and Sunroof’s features with 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-way power driver seat (albeit with manual lumbar support), sport front seats, a two-tone black and beige interior color scheme, a multi-function trip computer, a rear-view camera and keyless access with pushbutton start. The SEL with Navigation brings a touchscreen-activated navigation system and a Fender-branded premium audio system.

The SEL can be ordered with VW#039;s Car-Net software, which offers crash notification, roadside assistance and stolen vehicle location assistance. Car-Net also features remote vehicle access, speed and boundary alerts and it can provide a vehicle health report. The bulk of Car-Net#039;s features can be accessed via a smartphone.

The Jetta TDI includes all SE with Convenience features (including the standard kit) as well as unique 16-inch alloy wheels, iridium dash and door trim, a rear-view camera and a multi-function trip computer. The TDI with Premium adds a sunroof and a Fender-branded premium sound system with a touchscreen interface. Finally, the TDI with Convenience and Navigation adds keyless access with push-button start, mesh honeycomb and chrome accents for the front grille, foglights and a navigation system.

All Jetta models come with a fully-independent rear suspension and electro-mechanical power steering.

Occupant Safety

All Jetta models come standard with dual front, side and full-length side curtain airbags as well as traction and stability control systems.

Key Competitors

As Jetta was designed to take on the top-sellers in the compact sedan segment, its major rivals include the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Sportier alternatives include the Mazda Mazda3 and the Mitsubishi Lancer .

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