Mike West Road Test: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SEL
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What’s new? It’s VW’s new turbocharged 1.8-liter four cylinder that makes 170 horsepower.
The new engine is lighter than the one it replaces and delivers a pretty decent 25 city 36 highway mpg rating.
I tested the 6 speed automatic. 0 to 60 times are around 7.9 seconds. A few ticks slower than the manual five speed gearbox.
Also new is independent rear suspension. Maybe you’ll notice some extra G’s, and a more compliant ride if you are hypersensitive to that kind of German engineering stuff.
My wife and I took a long trip in this moon rock silver metallic sedan and it was a very pleasant experience.
Volkswagens are no frill cars on the inside, and pretty conservative on the outside. At first glance, it may seem a bit bland, but unlike other cars in its class, I have a feeling this VW will age more gracefully than Betty White.
These seats are super comfortable on long drives. I really like the look and feel of the two-tone leatherette material. And the butt burners warm up quickly.
The interior plastics are well finished, but some of the surfaces are harder than other cars in this class. Fit and finish is very nice, and everything you see here works well and is easy to figure out.
The navigation and information screen isn’t the largest, but it does the job and again, it’s very easy to use. The Fender premium audio system delivers decent sounding audio, and the Bluetooth connection was fast and seemless.
This is a huge trunk, surprising for a car of these proportions.
The price for my tester came in at $26,410.00.
The 2014 Jetta is an improvement over last years model that should keep it the best selling car in Volkswagens lineup.
German engineering, assembled in Mexico with a transmission made in Japan.
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 1.8
EPA City: 25
EPA Highway: 36
EPA Classification: Compact Cars