- New base engine with better fuel economy
- Adds new technology for 2016, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award recipient (models with autonomous front braking)
The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta gets a series of updates for the new model year including a new engine option, enhanced smartphone connectivity, and new styling on sporty GLI models.
The GLI’s styling additions include a new front fascia with a honeycomb front grille and updated fog lights. In the rear, there is now a diffuser along the bottom of the rear bumper and dual chrome-tipped exhaust openings. Other Jetta trims include Base, S, SE, Sport, and SEL. They have less aggressive styling than the GLI, with a minimalistic look that emphasizes the compact sedans clean lines. LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights are optional.
One of the Jetta’s biggest changes for 2016 is under the hood, where there is now a new base engine – a 150-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed automatic. The new engine improves fuel economy to 28/39 mpg city/highway, which puts the Jetta near the top of the segment. Returning as an optional engine is a 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, while the GLI gets its own engine as well – a 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is also offered with a five-speed manual.
Inside, the Jetta gets significant technology updates for the new model year. Base models come with a standard 5-inch touchscreen audio system, but all other models get the new MIB II infotainment system with a larger screen (6.3-inches) and more importantly, Apple Car Play and Android Auto which allow you to mirror the screen of your smartphone on the Jetta’s screen and lets you use phone functions like maps or phone calls more easily and more safely. Standard features include air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, heated front seats, and faux leather upholstery.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control, with a rearview camera optional. The 2016 Jetta also offers many of the latest driving aids, with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and a blind spot warning system also available. The new Jetta is also the winner of a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS for models with front crash prevention, their highest honor.