New VW Jetta Gets Thoroughly Modern With Old Fashioned Value

In this advanced globalized manufacturing era Volkswagen has joined other carmakers introducing its new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture which allows for a single platform to support a broad range of models.

This year the MQB based Volkswagen models include the all new Jetta compact sedan, the small but robust Tiguan SUV, the even larger mid-sized Atlas SUV and the new long lean elegant Arteon which replaces the under appreciated luxury CC sedan.

The new 7th generation VW Jetta is exciting because it leverages new technology and manufacturing advances, whereas the previous 2011 series simply offered great value with solid, reliable but long in the tooth design and an engine dating back to the 90s. Again this is a model built on the solid foundation of 17.5 million units sold worldwide over the past 30 years.

The new VW Jetta is powered by a 147 horsepower 1.4 liter turbo four matched with an 8-speed auto or 6-speed manual transmission which gives this south of the border built VW an exuberance off the line and really impressive power and driving dynamics assisted by torque vectoring on winding, rising and dropping routes. On the highway the Jetta maintains a brisk pace without effort and affords the driver and passengers a comfortable ride with a very compelling 30 city 40 highway EPA mpg rating.

With a base price of $18,545 the VW Jetta is available in five trim levels topping out at the SEL Premium for $26,945 with a higher grade technology suite and upgraded interior upholstery and aesthetics.