2014 Volkswagen Jetta Gains Independent Rear Suspension, 1.8T Engine

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta receives several updates to help keep it competitive in the compact sedan segment. The most important of those are a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and independent rear suspension.

The new 1.8-liter turbo-four engine produces 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the same amount of power but seven lb-ft more than the 2.5-liter inline-five engine it supplants. It is available on Jetta SE and SEL models. Although there are no official EPA figures yet, Volkswagen estimates the new engine will return 26/36 mpg (city/highway) with a five-speed manual transmission and 25/36 mpg with a six-speed automatic. For comparison, the current Jetta 2.5 is EPA-rated for 23/33 mpg with a manual and 24/31 with an automatic. Volkswagen will also offer the 1.8T in the 2014 Passat and Beetle, as well.

The rest of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta engines are unchanged: the base 2.0-liter inline-four has 115 hp, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel makes 140 hp, the GLI's 2.0-liter turbo-four has 210 hp, and the Jetta Hybrid has a 150-hp gasoline engine and a 27-hp electric motor.

The other major change is that independent rear suspension becomes standard on all models of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, replacing the existing twist-beam rear setup. (The GLI and Hybrid already had independent rear suspension.) The change should improve both handling and ride comfort. All versions but the hybrid and the base 2.0-liter also trade their full-hydraulic power steering for an electro-hydraulic system.

Inside, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta has its optional iPod connector relocated from the glovebox to the center console, and a backup camera becomes standard on SEL, TDI Premium, and TDI Premium and Navigation trim levels. The SE with Connectivity and Sunroof model adds push-button start. The SEL is henceforth offered only with a six-speed automatic transmission, and also adds touchscreen navigation and a Fender sound system. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid receives a full-color display in the instrument cluster.

New for the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta (as well as other models in the company's lineup) is a telematics feature called VW Car-Net. Similar to General Motors' OnStar and several other competing systems, Car-Net provides features like crash notification, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle tracking, as well as various location and vehicle health alerts, through a smartphone app. The service is free for the first three months of ownership, after which a subscription will cost customers $199 per year or $17.99 per month.

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta goes on sale in August. Prices will be announced closer to that time.

Source: Volkswagen

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