2014 Volkswagen Jetta Review (2022)

Volkswagen Jetta comes in a myriad of models and body styles. The current-generation Jetta sedan was introduced as a 2011 model to compete with the Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Mazda 3 and Honda Civic. The turbocharged Jetta GLI brought more content and power. Jetta TDI SportWagen, with its turbo-diesel direct-injection engine and available DSG twin-clutch auto-manual transmission, has been earning five-star reviews for its performance and fuel mileage. The Hybrid model joined the Jetta model line for 2013.

For 2014, there's a new engine to replace the stalwart five-cylinder (which lingers on in the SportWagen SE). The SE and SEL models come with a new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes the same 170 horsepower as the old five-cylinder, with more torque (at a lower range), and getting 5 more miles per gallon. It's EPA rated at 26/36 mpg City/Highway.

Another significant change for 2014 is the scrapping of the torsion-beam rear suspension, which VW used in the 2011 redesign on S models, to keep the base price low. All Jettas now have a multi-link rear, which delivers a more compliant ride and precise handling.

The base Jetta S is very affordable but not the best value. It uses a single-overhead-cam 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 115 horsepower, with a 5-speed manual transmission standard and 6-speed automatic available. The engine is proven but it's slow and inefficient, rated 24/29 mpg with the automatic.

Our time in Jetta seats included 640 miles in the sporty GLI, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine boosted to 210 horsepower now, with premium fuel. It accelerates from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds, with the DSG twin-clutch automated manual transmission. The GLI offers a relaxed, refined sportiness.

We also did 340 miles in the 1.4-liter Hybrid, which comes standard with a 7-speed DSG transmission, different from the 6-speed DSG in the sedan, in that it's dry clutch rather than wet clutch. We got 35.0 miles per gallon combined city/highway driving, well below its rating of 42/48. It requires premium fuel, and has a smaller trunk to make room for the battery pack.

The Jetta TDI Sedan and SportWagen use the latest turbo-diesel direct-injection technology in their engine, a 2.0-liter making 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, while getting 30/42 EPA-rated mpg. We hear frequent reports of drivers getting over 40. Emissions are low. The TDI is so good we don't see a reason for the Hybrid. Volkswagen boasts that it has the best acceleration, sportiest handling, most rear legroom and biggest trunk in the compact sedan hybrid class, so maybe that's their reason.

The Jetta looks plain to some people because it's clean and simple, with subtle curves and no sculpting; strong wheel arches, a smooth roofline and attractive C pillars. It's about the same wheelbase as the Ford Focus and Honda Civic, but a few inches longer. It feels bigger all around, more like a midsize car to us, because it's so solid.

The interior is practical and well thought-out, although hard plastics are used in some models to keep the price competitive with Ford, Chevy, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda et al. However the trim is tasteful and the standard cloth seats fit well, while the optional V-Tex leatherette upholstery passes easily for real leather. The trim in the SEL is upgraded, and in the GLI Autobahn with Navigation that we drove for one week, the ambiance is perforated leather.

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The utility comforts are designed well: comfortable driver armrests, user-friendly cupholders, good door pockets and grab handles. Good headroom, and class-leading rear legroom, 38.1 inches, nearly as much as a BMW 7 Series.

Alas, not so with navigation. In our 2013 review of the Jetta we called it a nightmare; in 2014 we're calling it the Obamacare Website of navigation systems, so many fails we finally gave up. We don't have the space to name them, and you'd get bored hearing them. Other controls and instruments are excellent, including the gauges, climate and radio. The available flat-bottomed steering wheel with perforated leather is terrific.

The SportWagen SE is the only model that continues to use the 5-cylinder engine. SportWagen interior is equal to that in cars costing thousands more. Solid, soft-touch materials abound. Because of its shorter wheelbase, the wagon has less space than the sedan for passengers, with 2.6 fewer inches of rear legroom and 1 inch less headroom. Naturally there's more space for cargo, with 32.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and an SUV-like 66.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat. It can be a great alternative to a crossover or SUV while offering outstanding fuel economy.

Model Lineup

The Volkswagen Jetta S sedan ($16,720) comes with the 115-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on S and SE models, and a 6-speed automatic is available. Standard features include cloth upholstery, air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, auxiliary input jack, outside-temperature indicator, variable-intermittent wipers, rear defogger, and P195/65HR15 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers.

The Jetta SE ($18,895) also comes standard with manual transmission, but uses the new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine making 170 hp and 184 foot-pounds of torque. SE upgrades with V-Tex leatherette upholstery, trunk pass-through, heated power mirrors with turn signals, trip computer, satellite radio, iPod adapter, floor mats, and 16-inch steel wheels with all-season tires. There's a Connectivity package ($20,420) that adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth, 6-speaker audio system, heated front seats, and alloy wheels. Add the Sunroof package and it's $22,065.

A 6-speed automatic transmission ($1100) is optional for Jetta S and Jetta SE.

Jetta SEL sedan ($25,590) comes standard with the automatic, and the best features of the SE, including the sunroof and a navigation system. It adds a six-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment, keyless access and starting, 9-speaker 400-watt Fender sound system, trip computer, fog lights, rearview camera, and 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.

Jetta TDI ($23,195) uses the 140-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine. Manual transmission is standard, while the fantastic twin-clutch DSG auto-manual is just $1100 more. It has many of the SEL features, however there's a Premium package ($24,855) and Premium Navigation ($26,315).

Jetta GLI sedan ($24,255) uses a 200-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. In addition to SE equipment, the base GLI has a hill-holder clutch, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, driver-seat lumbar adjustment, satellite radio, iPod interface, Bluetooth, trip computer, fog lights, sport suspension, and P225/45HR17 tires on alloy wheels. The upscale GLI Autobahn ($26,495) adds automatic climate control, V-Tex upholstery, heated front seats, sunroof, heated windshield washers, P225/40HR18 on alloy wheels, and more. GLI Autobahn with Navigation ($28,495) has adds navigation plus keyless access and pushbutton starting, rearview camera, and HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

TDI and GLI models come standard with a 6-speed manual, with the paddle-shifting 6-speed DSG twin-clutch auto-manual transmission just $1,100.

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The Jetta SportWagen comes with two engines, either the old 2.5-liter 5-cylinder or the efficient 2.0-liter turbo-diesel with direct injection. Jetta SportWagen S ($20,795) and SE ($24,595) models with the 2.5-liter engine are equipped comparably to the sedan. There's also an SE with sunroof package ($26,395).

Jetta TDI SportWagen ($26,250) is available with the panorama sunroof package including 17-inch alloy wheels ($28,050); and with sunroof, navigation and pushbutton start ($28,650).

Jetta Hybrid SE $($27,260) uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine with 27-hp electric motor; seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission; front and rear disc brakes; Daytime Running Lights; power and heated exterior mirrors; 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; rear spoiler and rear diffuser; unique grille; hybrid badging on front, sides and rear; power windows with one-touch up/down; hybrid interior accents; six-way manually adjustable front seats; automatic climate-control; Bluetooth; auxiliary input jack; trip computer; radio with CD player and six speakers; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; 60/40 folding rear seat; and tilt/telescoping steering wheel column. The Hybrid SE adds LED taillights; power recline front seats; Media-Device Interface (MDI) and iPod cable; Premium VIII touch screen radio with color energy flow display in center console; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; and keyless access with push-button start.

Jetta Hybrid SEL ($29,845) adds 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; a power tilt and slide sunroof; upgraded radio and navigation; heated front washer nozzles; heated front seats; and a six-way power driver's seat. Hybrid SEL Premium ($31,445) adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and the Active Front-Lighting System (AFS); foglights with cornering light; 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; Fender Premium Audio System with subwoofer; and a rearview camera.

Safety features on all Jettas include dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist, traction control, Electronic Stability Control, and the mandated tire-pressure monitor.

Walkaround

The Volkswagen Jetta looks plain to some people because its curves are subtle, But it's not plain, it's clean. There's almost no bling, although chrome has been creeping back since its 2011 redesign. The entry-level S model has the least chrome (like almost all cars), and it's cleanest, with a black honeycomb grille and air intake under the front bumper.

The lines are crisp, no sculpting, with a distinguished face, lean shoulders, strong wheel arches, a smooth roofline and attractive C pillars. There's a neat aerodynamic lip at the trunk's trailing edge, and powerful taillights. It's 5 inches longer than the Honda Civic.

The GLI has a stronger, sportier stance. There's a crosshatch treatment for the grille and lower air intake, sportier front and rear fascias and side sills, a unique design for the fog lights, and larger wheels.

Wagons are usually longer than sedans, but the Jetta SportWagen is three inches shorter than the sedan. The same face, with a definition crease along the sides. It's given movement by a roofline that seems to slant down toward the rear, under the standard roof rails. The SportWagen is stylish.

Interior Features

The Jetta interior is clean, stylish, comfortable, accommodating, and functional. Even with hard plastics, it feels better than the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, although not as rich as the Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or Hyundai Elantra. The white-on-black gauges are easy to look at. You don't always pay attention to trim, but you have to look at the gauges all the time.

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The standard cloth seats are comfortable. Our GLI Autobahn with Navigation had perforated leatherette, indistinguishable from real leather. After five hours in the saddle on a sometimes choppy freeway, our butt was over it and our back felt it. We do that run a lot. Butt-and-back wise, the GLI didn't do as well as a Hyundai Elantra five-door.

There are small and appreciated utility/creature comforts, including comfortable driver armrests, convenient cupholders, good door pockets and grab handles: check, check, check, check. Between the seats there's an emergency brake handle, two cupholders, and a small console with an armrest.

The Jetta makes excellent use of space. There's good headroom front and rear, and rear-seat legroom is first in class at 38.1 inches, as much as the BMW 7 Series. With the rear armrest down, there's a pair of cupholders for the rear passengers, to relax with a drink as they stretch their legs out.

The trunk is a fat 15.5 cubic feet, and the optional rear seat pass-through works for skis and things. The Hybrid trunk is way smaller with only 11.9 cubic feet, because the 32kW battery pack rides over the rear axle.

In our 2013 review of the Jetta we called the navigation system a nightmare. In this review of the 2014 we're calling it the Obamacare Website of navigation systems: so messed up we gave up. We'll spare you the details. We have the fails documented for anyone who's interested. We do have one nice thing to say, which is that the speed limit is posted on the navigation screen, a big contribution to stress-free driving one long night, down I-5 from Seattle to Portland, on that dark freeway with speed limits that continually change between 55 and 70 mph, with scarce signposts.

The touch-screen tuning of the upscale Fender audio system wasn't as bad as the nav system, but it too was difficult and distracting.

The standard driver information display is big and easy to read, located neatly between the tachometer and speedometer. Fuel mileage, range, odometer and thermometer. There's more information on the touch screen. The climate controls are clean and easy to use. The radio tunes with a dial, best ever, so simple. If only we could have shut the navigation lady up, she kept interrupting the radio.

The steering wheel on our GLI was terrific, with its perforated leather(ette), thumb grips and flat bottom. Controls include the phone button that is too easy to bump, calling a voice from above (she seemed to inhabit the roof) telling us we couldn't do what we were trying to do, and wouldn't accept our explanation that we didn't know what she was talking about. Then we tried to shut her up, and couldn't do that either.

The SportWagen's interior could be in a car costing thousands more. Solid, soft-touch materials abound. There is less space for passengers, with 2.6 fewer inches of rear legroom and 1 inch less headroom. But if the sedan is more passenger friendly, the wagon is more cargo friendly. There are 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and an SUV-like 66.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats down.

Driving Impressions

When the entry-level Jetta S was introduced as a 2011 model, the technology in its reliable SOHC four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine was already dated. Now with the new 1.8-liter direct-injection turbo in the 2014 Jetta SE and SEL models, the S seems like a tractor. The S offers 115 horsepower with 125 foot-pounds of torque and 23/29 mpg with automatic; while the SE makes 170 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque, and delivers 25/36 miles per gallon. It costs $2275 more but has more features too.

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With the 5-speed manual transmission, the S gets 24/34 miles per gallon, only 2 mpg less than the new engine; however, that transmission has long throws and feels numb, and the lack of torque in the 2.0-liter engine means you have to downshift a lot.

The sport mode for the 6-speed automatic transmission is sharp and effective. It shifted with crispness on San Francisco's hills, and stayed smoothly in third gear in slow-and-go freeway traffic, a situation where many transmissions will constantly shift up and down. Manual mode can be used for spirited driving, shifting at the lever. It's programmed well, and doesn't keep over-ruling the driver.

The GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC turbo four making 210 hp at 5300 rpm (an increase of 10 hp in 2014), and 201 foot-pounds of torque at a low and convenient 1700 rpm. It does 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds with the satisfying DSG 6-speed auto-manual transmission, and there's plenty of smooth power at high speeds.

The 6-speed manual transmission is a pleasure, but the DSG (built by the House of Audi) is the best of its kind, with sharp shifts in auto or manual mode, although in the GLI we found that it surged a bit around town. Well-placed steering-wheel paddles come with the DSG. They're very tidy and effective, more like tabs than paddles. Volkswagen is good on ergonomics.

There's road noise on rough asphalt, even in the GLI. It's rated at 32 mpg highway, which (unlike with the Hybrid) is what we got. On a 540-mile road trip, often running 75-80 mph, we got 30.6 mpg headed north and 31.7 mpg headed south, on recommended premium fuel. One thing that bugged us was the gas cap cover, which didn't pop open as designed. It took fingernails.

We also got a lot of seat time in the Hybrid, with a 1.4-liter turbocharged inter-cooled engine with 27-horsepower electric motor. It's not very quick, although VW claims it's the quickest compact sedan hybrid which might be true. It's nice that the DSG transmission is standard, with 7 speeds in the Hybrid. It's rated at 42/48 mpg, but we only got 35.0 mpg over 340 miles, half casual city and half freeway at 72 mph. And it takes premium fuel, while the others run on regular or diesel.

The Hybrid uses regenerative braking, converting heat to electrical energy. You can feel it in the brake pedal. At very slow speeds the brakes are too sensitive, but at 30 mph the sensitivity goes away; that inconsistency is a problem because your foot and brain can't keep adjusting back and forth. You're either bouncing your forehead off the steering wheel in parking lots, or nearly crashing into the car in front of you when slowing for red lights. At freeway speeds the pedal feels normal.

Our favorite powertrain is the Jetta TDI with DSG transmission. The 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine makes 140 horsepower and an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque. Its 0-60 time is an unimpressive 8.7 seconds, but we can live with that because fuel economy is in the 40-mpg range. Put our favorite powertrain in our favorite body style, the SportWagen, and we're happy.

Summary

The Volkswagen Jetta has models for different needs and budgets. The S with its low price is not the best bargain, as the SE offers more value. The new Hybrid offers less than the diesel TDI, for more money. The TDI SportWagen remains a winner in everybody's book except those who need size and horsepower or all-wheel drive. And if you want a midsize VW sport sedan, the GLI is there for you.

Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drives of the GLI and Hybrid in the Northwest, and S models in San Francisco. Kirk Bell reported after driving the TDI and SportWagen in Herndon, Virginia.

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Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Volkswagen Jetta S sedan ($16,720), SE sedan ($18,895), SEL sedan ($25,590), TDI sedan ($23,19), GLI ($24,255), Hybrid SE ($27,260), Hybrid SEL ($29,845) ), Hybrid SEL Premium ($31,445), SportWagen S ($20,795), SportWagen SE ($24,595), SportWagen TDI ($26,250)
Engines:115-hp 2.0-liter inline-4; 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged inline4, 170-hp 2.5-liter inline-5; 140-hp 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel inline-4; 210-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic; 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automated manual; 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automated manual
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage frontal airbags, side-impact airbags in front, airbag curtains, tire pressure monitor, traction control, ESC, ABS with brake assist
Safety equipment (optional):HID headlamps, rearview camera
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn with Navigation ($29,595)
Standard equipment:V-Tex leatherette upholstery, power sunroof, RSN315 touch-screen navigation system, heated front seats, air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with trunk pass-through, power windows, power door locks, heated power mirrors with turn signals, keyless access and starting, Fender premium audio system with auxiliary input jack, satellite radio, iPod interface, Bluetooth, theft-deterrent system, illuminated visor mirrors, floor mats, heated windshield washers, fog lights, HID headlamps, rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$820
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSPR):$30415
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):210 @ 5300
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):207 @ 1700
Transmission:6-speed automated manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:24/32 mpg
Wheelbase:104.4 in.
Length/width/height:182.2/70.0/57.2 in.
Track, f/r:60.4/60.3 in.
Turning circle:36.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.2/na/41.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.1/na/38.1 in.
Cargo volume:15.5 cu. ft.
Payload: Lbs.
Towing capacity: Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent MacPherson strut with lower control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:4.9 in.
Curb weigth:3169 lbs.
Tires:225/40R18
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc w/ABS and brake assist
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as ofJuly 16, 2014.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-374-8389 - www.vw.com

FAQs

Is the 2014 VW Jetta a reliable car? ›

How Reliable Is the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta? The Volkswagen Jetta has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That's average for the automotive industry as a whole, but below average for the compact sedan class.

How many miles can a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta last? ›

How many miles can a Volkswagen Jetta last? The VW Jetta has been known to last for more than 200,000 miles when properly maintained. Most drivers put an average of 10,000 miles on their cars every year, so a car with 200,000 miles on the odometer can easily be over 20 years old.

Are there any recalls on 2014 Volkswagen Jetta? ›

Volkswagen of America is recalling 26,452 vehicles, including the 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Passat because leaking transmission fluid could pose a fire risk. Volkswagen dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler. The recall began on April 16.

How long do jettas usually last? ›

Some Jetta models have even exceeded the 200,000-mile mark with only a few issues. If we use the 100,000-mile mark as an indicator, the average VW Jetta will last about 7.5 years. Many Jetta models could very well reach 10 years with few issues!

Does 2014 Jetta have timing belt or chain? ›

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta with a 1.4L and 2.0L diesel engines have a timing belt while the 1.8L, 2.0L and 2.5L gas engines have a timing chain.

Is the VW Jetta reliable? ›

The Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $609 which means it has average ownership costs. Repairs are less severe and less frequent than the average car, so the Jetta is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Are jettas expensive to fix? ›

The average annual repair cost for a Volkswagen is $676, which means it has above average ownership costs. The other factors that contribute to Volkswagen reliability include an average of 0.5 visits to a repair shop per year and a 11% probability of a repair being severe.

Are Volkswagen Jettas reliable after 100k miles? ›

Throughout the many years that the Jetta has been on the market, it's proven itself to be a long-lasting vehicle that's extremely durable. Some owners have even made it past the 300,000-mile mark on the original engine and transmission and you can find plenty of high mileage anecdotes across owner forums.

Are Volkswagen Jettas good in the snow? ›

The Jetta will do very well in light to moderate snow, however to get the best possible performance we would advise investing in a good set of snow tires. Snow tires or winter tires will give you more traction which will make the FWD Jetta more reliable and safer to drive in deep snow and on icy roads.

What problems do Volkswagen Jettas have? ›

Here are some of the most common ones:
  • Body Problems. ...
  • Harsh Shifting on Automatic Transmission Jettas. ...
  • Window Regulator Failure. ...
  • Unusual Odor from HVAC Vents. ...
  • Electrical Issues. ...
  • Contaminated Air Bag Clock Spring. ...
  • ABS Module Failure. ...
  • Coolant and Oil Leaks.
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Which VW models are being recalled? ›

Volkswagen Issues Recall over Rearview Image Display

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2021 Golf GTI, Jetta GLI, Jetta NF, Arteon FL, Tiguan LWB, 2022 Taos, Jetta PA, Tiguan PA, 2021-2022 Atlas Cross Sport, and Atlas FL vehicles.

Is there a recall on Jetta? ›

(Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Jetta and Jetta GLI vehicles. The air bag control module was welded in the incorrect position. Incorrect positioning of the air bag control module can cause the vehicle's air bags to deploy improperly during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

How often do jettas need oil changes? ›

You should have your Volkswagen Jetta oil changed every 5,000-7,000 miles. However, if you don't keep track of the miles on your odometer, there are a few other ways to tell that it's time to have your oil changed.

Are Volkswagen Jetta good on gas? ›

Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy. The Volkswagen Jetta is a fuel-efficient sedan that is both reliable, practical, and affordable. With an estimated combined highway and city of 35 miles per gallon, the 2022 Jetta is an excellent option for car buyers seeking a fuel-efficient car for sale.

How many miles is too much for a Volkswagen? ›

Volkswagen cars typically last 100,000 to 150,000 miles or more if serviced and well maintained. Thus, VWs you buy today usually last longer than 10-year old models.

How much does it cost to replace a timing chain on a Volkswagen Jetta? ›

The average cost for a Volkswagen Jetta timing chain tensioner replacement is between $1,617 and $1,931. Labor costs are estimated between $1,199 and $1,512 while parts are priced between $418 and $419. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific model year or unique location.

When should the timing belt be replaced on a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta? ›

When dealing with crucial timing belt service, err on the side of caution and change your VW Jetta timing belt every 80,000 miles. It is our recommendation to closely inspect all timing belt components before the recommended interval. Play it safe, changing your timing belt may seem expensive.

How long does a VW timing chain last? ›

Most Volkswagen timing chains are made to last at least 120,000 miles. Unfortunately, there are multiple lawsuits for owners of the 2-liter EA888 engine because the timing chains in them seem to break much sooner. Additionally, there may be issues with Volkswagen vehicles made between 2008 and 2014.

Which is better Volkswagen Passat or Jetta? ›

The VW Jetta has a lower starting price, but the VW Passat offers more standard equipment. The VW Jetta offers more fuel efficiency and an enthusiast-favorite six-speed manual transmission, but the VW Passat is more powerful. The VW Jetta is more agile, but the VW Passat is more spacious.

Can a Volkswagen last 300000 miles? ›

No. Most modern VW will not last , without being a money pit, until 250.000 miles(402.336 km's). It's 2021 , and most cars are design to withstand the elements up to 200k miles, if you service it yearly and follow the manufacturer recommended maintenance/replacement periods.

Is a Jetta a good first car? ›

Equally handling fast speeds and quick response maneuvers, this car claims excellent performance. The Jetta's all-around style and safety make it an exceptional choice for a first-time car buyer.

Are Volkswagen hard to work on? ›

According to RepairPal.com, Volkswagens are slightly less likely to need urgent repairs as compared to other cars. Fewer severe repairs can save you money, not mention the inconvenience.

Are Volkswagens reliable? ›

German car brands are generally known for their quality and longevity and the Volkswagen is no exception to this. Out of all VW models, the Volkswagen Golf is said to be one of the most reliable and a great all-round car for drivers who are looking for comfort, convenience and long term reliability.

Where is VW Jetta made? ›

Where are VW Jettas Being Made? The Volkswagen Jetta is made in Puebla, Mexico and Chengdu, China. Specifically, the Jetta is manufactured at the Volkswagen Puebla Assembly Plant under Volkswagen Mexico and the Chengdu Assembly Plant under FAW-Volkswagen.

Are Volkswagen good with high mileage? ›

It's true – VWs of all shapes and sizes are some of the longest-lasting, most reliable vehicles you'll ever find on the roads today, which is why you see them used well beyond 200,000 miles on a regular basis.

How many miles can a Volkswagen Jetta last on a full tank? ›

Basically, that means that if you were to drive only on the highway and your Jetta is equipped with the efficient manual transmission, you could travel up to 553.5 miles before needing a fill-up! If you kept this same configuration and drove only in the city, your Jetta can travel up to 405 miles on a single tank.

Are Volkswagen parts more expensive? ›

Is Volkswagen Maintenance Expensive? According to RepairPal, Volkswagen maintenance costs are only slightly more expensive than average. New 2021 model vehicles are less expensive to maintain than similar models from other brands, as well.

Is the VW Jetta being discontinued? ›

We have credibility there and I see the Jetta continuing to be a strong player. It's currently two to three years into its lifecycle and was just updated for the 2022 model year. We'll let the car ride."

Is Jetta FWD or RWD? ›

The VW Jetta features front-wheel drive but keeps you safe and in control with a variety of reliable features. For example, Electronic Stability Control comes standard and constantly monitors your drive.

Do VW cars last? ›

Volkswagen is an excellent brand that has had its ups and downs over the years. They don't last as long as some brands, but you can expect this car to stick around. According to motorask.com, a Volkswagen that is cared for properly should last 100,000 - 200,000 miles. Some have lasted far beyond that.

What is the most common problem on Volkswagen? ›

The most common problems seem to be transmission issues, such as trouble shifting, reverse gear failure, and strange noises in manual models. However, drivers have also complained about failures of the ignition coil, ignition wires, and spark plugs along with power window failure and coolant and oil leaks.

What year Jetta has transmission problems? ›

Volkswagen recalled 2013-2014 VW Jetta Hybrid models that were manufactured October 2012 through October 2013, and were equipped with a DQ-200 direct-shift gearbox. It seems that fluid additives used in the transmission may cause internal components to corrode.

Why does my VW Jetta shake? ›

Any unusual shaking or vibrating forces coming from the engine is cause for concern. It could be something as simple as old spark plugs producing an uneven power delivery, it could be something serious like worn or broken engine mounts, or it could be even more serious in the case of internal engine damage.

What year Volkswagens are affected? ›

These settlements resolve allegations that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by the sale of approximately 590,000 model year 2009 to 2016 diesel motor vehicles equipped with “defeat devices" in the form of computer software designed to cheat on federal emissions tests.

How do I know if my VW is affected? ›

You can also check whether your car is affected by entering its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) details on the Volkswagen, Audi, Seat or Skoda websites. You can make a claim even if you no longer own the car, as long as you still have proof of ownership and know the car's VIN number.

Which Volkswagen models are affected? ›

Affected 2.0 liter diesel models and model years
  • Jetta (2009-2015)
  • Jetta Sportwagen (2009-2014)
  • Beetle (2013-2015)
  • Beetle Convertible (2013-2015)
  • Audi A3 (2010-2015)
  • Golf (2010-2015)
  • Golf Sportwagen (2015)
  • Passat (2012-2015)
28 Jun 2016

What does warning light EPC mean? ›

YourVolkswagen EPC light, also known as the Electronic Power Control warning light, is an indicator pointing to issues with your Volkswagen's throttle system. This could mean that the throttle pedal, throttle body, traction control, or cruise control unit need attention.

How do I fix the EPC light on my VW? ›

To fix the EPC light on a VW, we advise you to visit a local Volkswagen repair shop. In the repair shop, they will be able to diagnose the problem. The first possible solution for you would be to have your engine sensor replaced or reset to see if this turns off the EPC light.

What happens if your car is recalled? ›

A recall happens when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that there is a safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment. If this happens, the automaker will notify owners and usually offer a repair for free.

What kind of oil does a 2014 Jetta take? ›

Notes: OE Recommendation, Full synthetic. 5W-40. 5 quarts container.

How long can my Jetta go without an oil change? ›

Cars can generally go 5,000 to 7,500 miles before needing an oil change. Furthermore, if your vehicle uses synthetic oil, you can drive 10,000 or even 15,000 miles between oil changes.

Can you put regular oil in a Volkswagen? ›

One of the easiest ways to ensure your VW consistently operates at peak performance is by keeping up with regular oil and filter changes.

How many miles does a Volkswagen Jetta 2014 GET? ›

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
VehicleEPA Fuel EconomyMSRP
27 MPG 24 32 combined city/hwy city hwy 3 gal/100 mi$24,535 – $29,955
392 miles Total Range
2014 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Manual 6-spd, Turbo, Premium Gasoline
26 MPG 23 33 combined city/hwy city hwy 3 gal/100 mi$24,535 – $29,955
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Do jettas need premium gas? ›

Volkswagen vehicles do not require premium gas. However, many Volkswagen vehicles, like the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, are equipped with turbocharged engines. Turbocharged engines run best when fueled with high octane fuel, which is found in premium gas.

How long do Volkswagen Jettas last? ›

A Volkswagen Jetta could be expected to last between 150,000 and 200,000 miles with proper care and maintenance. If you averaged 15,000 miles per year, that means there's a chance a Volkswagen Jetta could last 10 to 13 years.

Are jettas expensive to maintain? ›

Overall - the Volkswagen Jetta has yearly car maintenance costs total to $609 .

How many miles should be on a 2014 car? ›

To determine whether a car has reasonable mileage, you can simply multiply 12,000 by its age. That means good mileage for a car that's 5 years old is 60,000. Significantly more or fewer miles could indicate a problem or trouble in the future.

Do Volkswagens hold their value? ›

Volkswagens are famous for consistently retaining their value. In fact, our retention rate after three years and/or 36,000km is well over the average. Our cars aren't just reliable: their superior technology means they withstand the test of time and are always in demand.

Are 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is reliable? ›

The 2014 VW Jetta TDI's 2.0-liter turbo diesel is a fantastic engine with great torque and reliable efficiency. The DSG transmission features sport and manual modes that can be exploited for thrills.

What kind of engine does a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta have? ›

The base Jetta comes with a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. A new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower is available in the SE and SEL trims.

Are 2015 Jettas reliable? ›

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Jetta a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

What does a 2014 Jetta look like? ›

2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Review - YouTube

Is VW 2.0 TDI a good engine? ›

The 2.0 TDI PD engine is praised for outstanding performance and low fuel consumption. The engine is mounted in a wide range of popular Vw Group models.

What year Jetta has transmission problems? ›

Shifting problems have been a common issue in many 1990-2012 and 2016 Jettas. Drivers report that their vehicles jerk when shifting from second to third gear, as well as suffer from a slipping transmission while moving at 35-50 miles an hour.

What does TDI stand for? ›

TDI stands for Turbocharged Direct Injection. Direct injection is when fuel is sprayed directly into a car's cylinder rather than delivered through an intake manifold. Direct injection diesel engines tend to be more efficient and produce less soot than older types of engines.

Is the Volkswagen Jetta 2014 fuel efficient? ›

Volkswagen's best-selling car in the U.S. now has official pricing and EPA-rated fuel economy. On the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, thanks to the new turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 engine, the sedan is now rated 25-26/36 mpg city/highway, up by as much as 5 mpg on the highway compared to the 2013 model.

What generation is a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta? ›

2011 – 2018 VW Jetta (6th Generation)

The sixth-generation VW Jetta used the A5 platform of the previous generation. However, enhancements gave it a longer wheelbase and made it larger than the previous iteration.

Does the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta have Bluetooth? ›

For not much more than our as-tested price, you could be driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI with Premium.
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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE offers no frills, no thrills (pictures)
Tech specs
Model2014 Volkswagen Jetta
Observed fuel economy30 mpg
NavigationNot available
Bluetooth phone supportStandard
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How do jettas handle in the snow? ›

The Jetta will do very well in light to moderate snow, however to get the best possible performance we would advise investing in a good set of snow tires. Snow tires or winter tires will give you more traction which will make the FWD Jetta more reliable and safer to drive in deep snow and on icy roads.

How much does a tune up cost for a Volkswagen Jetta? ›

When you take your Volkswagen in for a tune-up, you can expect it to cost you anywhere between $200 and $350.

How much are Volkswagen Jettas worth? ›

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Value - $14,388-$25,930 | Edmunds.

Does a 2014 Jetta have a backup camera? ›

Other technology updates include: Standard backup camera on the SEL, TDI Premium and TDI Premium and Navigation trims. A high-resolution display in the instrument cluster for the Jetta Hybrid SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims. Satellite radio and power reclining front seats on the SE trim.

What does TSI stand for Volkswagen? ›

The Volkswagen turbocharged stratified injected (TSI) engine is a lightweight, high-power, fuel-efficient four-cylinder traditional combustion engine. It is found in some form on most Volkswagen vehicles, such as the Atlas, Tiguan, and Passat.

How fast is a Volkswagen Jetta 2014? ›

Top Speed: 186 mph (Est.)

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