2016 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLi SE (1125)


This is the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLi SE. Some things that you my overlook in your search is the trunk size. Then when you need to use it, it is too small. Jetta has a good size trunk and rear seat as well.

I’m happy with the power and handling. Admittedly you can get better handling from the WRX from Subaru or the Sister car the Audi A3, but for the money I’ll stick with VW Jetta.

General Information: Parts – US/Canadian 7%, Mexico 43%, Germany 16%, Engine – Mexico; Transmission – Germany. It is assembled in Mexico. Classification is Compact.

Cars from Volkswagen: Jetta, Passat, CC, Beetle, Golf, Golf GTI, Tiguan, Touarag, Jetta SportWagen, Eos.

Handling & Performance:

I have to tell you I really like driving this car. To me, for the money, the VW is better than the much more expensive Audi A3 for example. (FYI, Volkswagen owns: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and overseas-brands SEAT and Skoda).


Distinctive. I like the styling because you can’t miss what it is. That is not true of most “generic” designs these days. They mostly look like one another.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.



Conveniences and comfort:

I’m okay with it just the way it is equipped. The most important items that I consider essentials include the Crash avoidance system which it has. The only two other features it does not have but I’m convinced you should have is the “Blind Spot Detection” and if you can afford it, the Smart Cruise feature.

Consumer Recommendation:

For the money this Jetta is the best of the bunch.

Recognized Competition:

Volkswagen Jetta $28,000, Acura ILX $29,000, Audi A3 $41,000, Chevrolet Cruze $24,000, Mazda 3 $27,000,  Mitsubishi Lancer $18,000, Dodge Dart $18,000, Subaru WRX $27,000.

Good News:

Great car, very good fuel economy, handles wonderfully, turbo power is a favorite of mine.

Bad News:


Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 4-cylinder 210 hp turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 17” alloy wheels, 4-wheel ABS disc braking system, stability control, crash response system, LATCH system, tire pressure monitor, AM/FM radio with CD, Sirius XM satellite , Bluetooth, keyless access with push button start, heated power drivers seat, split folding rear seats, leatherette seating, cooled glove box, leather wrapped steering wheel and knob, climate control, cruise control, power windows, power sunroof, park distance control and rear backup camera, tilt and telescoping multi function steering wheel, auto headlights and daytime running lights, front fog lights, heated power foldable mirrors, rain sensing variable intermittent front wipers with heated washer nozzles, front side and side curtain airbags.

Gas Stats:

$2.85/ Gal avg. January 28, 2016


for more information.

23 City and 33 Highway MPG


MSRP $26,900.

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