The Jetta cuts a nice sleek profile and generally looks like a slightly smaller, sportier version of the Passat. The front end of the car is quite aggressive, with a bold grill and chrome accents that are similar to those used by Audi, VW’s corporate sibling. Multi-spoke 16” alloy wheels and a dual-tip chrome exhaust compliment the athletic look of the car. The easy to use moonroof and dark interior colors also add a nice touch of style.
For a compact car, the Jetta doesn’t seem like an exceptional value. The $22,000 price of our SE test model is quite a bit more than most compacts, and this isn’t the most expensive model. A fully loaded GLI will set you back close to $25,000. For that money you could get a nicely equipped Honda Accord, or even a gently used BMW 3 series. So, if basic transportation is the goal, the Jetta is not a great deal. Yet, given the level of build quality, design, styling, and luxury, the Jetta is in a different league from most compacts, and could even be compared with some entry-level luxury sedans. From that perspective, the Jetta might just be the greatest value in the compact segment, and it is definitely a great value when you compare it to other cars with a “made in Germany” label.
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Who should buy it
If you’ve just entered the workforce and want to buy a nice new car, but can’t afford anything too fancy, the Jetta could be just the right compromise. It’s more stylish and luxurious than other compacts, but still affordable enough for the masses. Volkswagen should sell a ton of them.
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