2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Hits 36 MPG, Costs $19,715

2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE front three quarter

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta added a new 1.8-liter turbo-four engine this year, and we now know how much buyers will pay for the engine, and how much it improves efficiency. As Volkswagen predicted, Jettas equipped with the 1.8T engine will return 26/36 mpg (city/highway) with a five-speed manual transmission or 25/36 mpg with a six-speed automatic.

Both of those figures are significant improvements over the Jetta's outgoing 2.5-liter inline-five engine, which achieved 24/31 mpg with the automatic and 23/33 mpg city/highway with the manual. Pricing for the new turbo engine starts at $19,715 (including an $820 destination charge) for a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE with a manual transmission. It features satellite radio, 16-inch steel wheels, leatherette seats, cruise control, power front seats, and a trip computer; adding an automatic transmission costs $1100. Stepping up to the 1.8T SE with Connectivity requires $21,240 with a manual or $22,340 with an automatic transmission. The trim level adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome front grille, heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and Bluetooth.

The next trim level is the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SE with Connectivity and Sunroof. It adds push-button start, a touchscreen radio, and predictably, a power sunroof. It costs $22,885 with a manual transmission or $23,995 with an automatic. The top-spec Jetta 1.8T is the $26,410 SEL, which comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, foglights, navigation, a backup camera, and a Fender sound system.

The only cheaper version of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta is the entry S model, which continues with a dated 115-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four engine. It comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, a CD player, keyless entry, and power windows, and costs just $17,540 with a manual transmission and $18,640 with an automatic.

Pricing for the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which uses a 140-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-four, now starts at $24,015, an increase of $230 compared to the 2013 model's sticker. The GLI version of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, which has a 210-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four, sees its price rise $335 to $25,075. Finally, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE starts at $28,080, which represents an increase of $295 of the 2013 version.

Sources: Volkswagen, EPA

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The new 1.8T will make for a very torquey and powerful engine in the mainstream compact segment, but lots of midsize vehicles can beat this in EPA combined mileage: Accord, 6, and Altima among them.

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