Consumer Reviews Summary
28 of 34 (82%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Overview
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta is now two years removed from its 2011 redesign which moved the Jetta firmly into the mainstream to compete directly with other compacts like the Honda Civic and Ford Focus.
(Note: the Jetta Hybrid and wagon versions of the Jetta, called the Jetta Sportwagen, are covered separately on this site.)
Updates for the 2013 year include improvements for the SE and SEL trims. The SE adds power-reclining front seats, new dashboard and door trim, and a leather wrapped steering wheel/shift knob which classes up the interior a bit. The more upscale SEL now had manual lumbar support for the driver’s seat, a soft-touch dashboard, and a new two-tone interior treatment.
From the outside, the Jetta appears restrained yet handsome with clean lines and not much drama to be found in any of its creases. Cars.com calls the Jetta’s taillights “Audi-esque” which marks as a compliment in our book. Powered and heated side mirrors are standard, while body-colored side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a moonroof, and foglights are optional. GLI models, which focus on performance, also get a litany of exterior upgrades so they get some differentiation from other models.
The Jetta is noted for its drivetrain diversity – Volkswagen has embraced diesels as a way to improve fuel economy and save money at the pump and that belief is reflected in the Jetta which is the only compact sedan to come with diesel as an option in the US. The base engine is a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder is also offered for those that want more oomph. For added efficiency, diesel option is a 140-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 236 pounds-feet of torque. Gas engines come with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, while diesel models are paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The line-topping GLI trim comes with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic and assorted suspension upgrades.
The Jetta seats up to five passengers and spreads its features liberally across the trim levels. Standard features include air conditioning, an auxiliary audio input, and power windows with one-touch up/down. The SE adds leatherette seating, cruise control, and a trunk pass-through. Further options for the Jetta include Bluetooth connectivity, a media cable for connecting iPods, satellite radio, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.
When it comes to safety, you can rest assured that the 2013 Jetta has you covered; in fact it won a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, front, side-impact, and side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.