2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE TSI

A New VW is in Town. Compact 4-Door Sedan.

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE TSI is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Value Cars

Long one of the most competent small cars on the market, the Volkswagen Jetta aims at economy-minded car buyers looking for something a little cooler than a Corolla. The 2015 Jetta SE TSI we tested came with a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s rated by the EPA at 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, a big improvement over the older 5-cylinder that powered the Jetta until 2013.

We found that the interior materials were higher quality than found in the average compact. VW’s interior design, as always, is strong, and the driving feel is similar to that of the sporty GTI hatchback. The turbo engine delivers adequate acceleration, though lead-footed drivers will likely never see close to the EPA fuel economy ratings.

The Jetta’s design is restrained and angular, making it stand out against the more egg-like and busy shapes common among compact cars these days. However, as fine a small car as the Jetta is, its biggest competition might come from the car parked next door at the Volkswagen dealer. The Golf hatchback, offered with the same powertrain, is slightly cheaper, more practical and arguably more fun to drive.

Either way, now might be a great time to buy a Volkswagen. With the emissions scandal and the current ban on 2.0-liter Diesel models, dealers are highly incentivized to sell gasoline Volkswagens.

Warranty/Service: 3 year/36,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty, 5 year/60,000 miles Limited Warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $23,650

As Tested: $23,650

  • 25 / 37 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.2 sec
  • 0-60
  • 170 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 126 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 1.8-liter TSI DOHC 16-valve turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 170 hp
  • Torque: 184 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 3,124 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 104.4 in
  • Length: 183.3 in
  • Width: 70 in
  • Height: 57.2 in
  • Turning circle: 36.4 ft
  • Brakes: Power assisted, dual circuit, 11.3 x 1.0-in vented front discs and 10.7 x 0.4-in solid rear discs
  • Suspension: Front and rear independent suspension
  • Traction: Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • 0-60 mph: 7.2 sec
  • Top Speed: 126 mph
  • EPA City: 25 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 37 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 30 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Driver & front passenger front & side airbag supplemental restraint systems

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