The iconic Volkswagen name has been a part of the global market before there was the name global market. There are actually 14 products offered under the Volkswagen banner in the U.S. that range from economy vehicles to CUVs with options for hybid power systems. Of this lineup, the front-wheel drive compact sedan that carries the Jetta name is the best-selling.
First introduced to the American market in 2011, this sixth generation vehicle came with a history of reliability and capability that combines with a variety of features and options that make it popular. There are currently five basic models of the Jetta to choose from that include one of the few wagons that is still available. In addition, there are four trim levels that are stretched across the models, effectively making the Jetta available in nine modes. There are five choices for power under the hood that are tied to the model lineup ranging from the carryover gasoline engines, to a clean turbo diesel and a hybrid system.
New for 2014 is the availability of a turbocharged 4-cylinder that is more responsive and more fuel efficient than the 5-cylinder that has occupied the area under the hood since the Jetta was introduced. With the six speed automatic, the 2014 Jetta SEL equipped with the 1.8L is rated for 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined city/highway. There is also a 2.0L gasoline base engine backed by the six speed automatic that can be special ordered with a six speed manual gearbox, and a 2.0L TDI clean diesel that is available with a six speed manual gearbox or the six speed automatic.
The exterior of the 2014 Jetta carries over many of the features from the previous model year with a grille treatment that includes the horizontal inserts in the lower air opening. There are available fog lights, heated washer nozzles, and even smoked taillights that are available. The power side mirrors can be heated, and include turn signals. The long side body lines have become more pronounced in 2014, giving the Jetta sedan a wider, more of a sport look that appears to ride lower on the road. The available 17-inch wheels also contribute to a sedate sport sedan appearance.
The doors of the Jetta swing wide to expose the variety of quality materials found throughout the interior that can include soft touch points as well as aluminum accents. The lines of the dash are simple and straightforward as are the large switches, knobs, and even the gauge package. There are power conveniences available on different trim levels, and there is a really nice Fender Premium Audio System with 400 watts of power pushing nine speakers and a subwoofer available that is standard on several models, and could be on all models. For the 2014 Jetta, there is the available VW Car-Net system on selected models that can be managed from a smart phone app. There is an Automatic Crash Notification, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location assistance. From there, VW Car-Net brings in remote vehicle access; boundary and speed alerts; a vehicle health report; and an enhanced POI service on vehicles equipped with a navigation system.
For the sixth generation Jetta, the wheelbase was extended which provided additional interior space that is most noticeable in the rear passenger area. The expanded rear leg room is complimented by the sloping sedan roof line that does not impair rear head room as often found in the compact segment. The rear passenger seat of the 2014 Jetta is a 60/40 design that will increase the class-leading trunk space, and the seatback has an available pass-through for longer items that also serves as an arm rest. The front seats have available power adjustments, leatherette surfaces and there is a heat option.
Behind the wheel, the 2014 Jetta SEL provides a confidence inspiring driver experience with a smooth ride on a run down IH10. The 1.8 turbo engine spins up quick and has a broad power range that is still available at the upper reaches of speedy highway traffic. Around town, the 1.8 provides ample power, and the upgraded front suspension of the 2014 Jetta feels concise without being overly stiff or harsh.
Pricing Notes on the 2014 VW Jetta SEL
The same level of variety in trim and features also provides the 2014 Jetta with a range of MSRP pricing that can start just below $17,000 on the special order base model with a manual gearbox. From there, the trim levels dictate the pricing points that are then modified by individual options. The 2014 Jetta SEL review vehicle carries a base MSRP of $25,925 as equipped, and with the VW standard destination charge of $820, the MSRP sits at $26,745.
Other vehicles in the segment include the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda Mazda3, and the Toyota Corolla.
For more information on the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, visit your local Volkswagen dealer or online atwww.vw.com