2013 Volkswagen Jetta

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 man trans

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 man trans

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta
2013 Volkswagen Jetta

New For 2013

Although the Jetta is already available in diesel-sipping TDI trim, there’s a new, even more efficient Hybrid model for 2013 that is expected to achieve 45 mpg for its combined city/highway rating. The gas-electric Jetta is one of the better-driving hybrids you can buy, thanks to the fact that it retains Volkswagen’s signature dual-clutch automatic transmission instead of adopting a continuously variable transmission like most other hybrids.


We gave the redesigned Jetta a cool reception when it arrived in 2011, but there’s no denying that the car has been a success for Volkswagen. Increased sales have been made possible through significantly lower prices, which are the result of fewer standard features and less-sophisticated technologies. Not only does the Jetta revert to a twist-beam rear suspension as in the car from two generations prior, but the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder from that car reappears, too. Most buyers will opt for the 2.5-liter five-cylinder, which is a better match for the rather sizable Jetta. VW has dialed back materials quality, too, but the interior is still competitive with the best cars in the class. The back seat is enormous, and visibility is great. The de-contenting doesn’t apply to the Jetta Sportwagen or the performance-minded GLI sedan. Those models retain the multilink rear suspension, sharper steering, and higher-quality interior that the Jetta’s reputation was built on. Both the sedan and the wagon are available with a frugal, spirited, and quiet diesel engine that can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Alternatively, there’s a Jetta Hybrid that’s equally rewarding and even more efficient. In all, the Jetta doesn’t drive as well as the previous model or the Golf, but it is still a comfortable cruiser that’s a safe buy.


Standard features include ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; tire-pressure monitoring; and traction and stability control.

You'll like:

  • Smooth ride
  • Roomy rear seat
  • GLI is fun and spirited

You won't like:

  • Anemic base engine
  • Cost-cut interior
  • Imprecise steering

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta

  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Subaru Impreza
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.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE Front Three Quarter
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.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Front Left View 1
Jetta shoppers seeking improved fuel economy suddenly have two very strong choices: hybrid or diesel. Most enthusiasts will probably default to the TDI diesel model, but the Hybrid is worth a serious look.
VW Screencap 5
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Beetle Convertible star in new ads that once again prove the automaker executes humorous spots better than most. Now a few years after the Volkswagen Passat and a mini-Darth Vader were featured in a Super Bowl ad, it's the diesel-powered Jetta and drop-top Beetle that are the focuses of this Feature Flick.
Volkswagen Cross Up Front
The Up!-sized Volkswagen Cross Up! -- a lifted version of the Up! city car first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show -- is debuting at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Specifications

Quick Glance:
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
24 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
115 hp @ 5200rpm
125 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning (optional)
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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