2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport 1.8 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Quick, reasonably priced, handles very well, stylish, and gas efficient

Faults:

Check engine light came on, flat tire, and a windshield chip from a passing motorist.

General Comments:

I did not care for the 2016 1.4T SE model with cloth interior and a windy smaller 4 cylinder. Therefore I went with the 1.8T Sport model with more juice; nothing compared to the 2.0T GLI model though. Overall I am satisfied as it rides smooth, is very stylish with the 17" rims, gets great gas mileage (35 - 40 MPG on long road trips), and it has pretty good acceleration once the turbo kicks in. It hugs the road tightly and the sport suspension is a big bonus.

The leatherette interior is very nice, and it has front heated seats which is an added bonus. The stereo along with navigation is also very nice.

I spent a little over $18000 for this car brand new, and I thought it was a good buy for the money in comparison to Toyotas, Hondas, etc. Granted this is kind of a poor man's Audi, but German engineering is always awesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2017

2nd Feb 2018, 13:30

After 4500 miles and 13 fill-ups: the 2017 VW Jetta S 1.4 liter turbo - via Fuelly.com - has a calculated average MPG just under 40.

Sure, it's a small displacement 4-cylinder (smaller by 24 cubic inches than the 1.8 reviewed earlier).

But the torque rating between the two is identical (plus the 1.4 achieves maximum torque at slightly lower RPM).

De gustibus non est disputandum.

3rd Feb 2018, 12:48

"...but German engineering is always awesome"

"awesome" meaning unnecessarily complicated and more expensive to repair? Then yeah.

3rd Feb 2018, 19:35

Nothing isn't needlessly complicated and expensive to fix anymore. Unless you live in America where you have good, alternative parts available cheap. If you can buy a Japanese car new, they never break down. But if you buy them used from 8 years old onwards, it can be surprising how much brand new original parts cost, and access to those components is no less labour-intensive than German cars. Try reaching into bolts to undo without the hands of a midget, or taking off panels with clips on a Japanese car without actually breaking them. Again: Japanese cars are reliable. Maybe their parts are built better. But they are no less complicated and use pretty much the same principles as any European car. Even the French and Italian cars are surprisingly conventional vs. an equivalent Japanese.

4th Feb 2018, 01:12

Yes, but don’t forget that it’s also tested on monkeys.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta SE with Connectivity 1.4L 4 cylinder turbo from North America

Summary:

Performance, good looks, and great mileage at a reasonable price

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I just bought this car after owning BMWs for years. I have to say that you get a lot for your money with the VW. The Jetta has great acceleration and gets awesome gas mileage. Even with a mid-range package it comes with a beautiful interior, and Apple Carplay. Can't speak to reliability yet, as I've only owned it for 200 miles, but the car is awesome so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2016