The Volkswagen Jetta Is Boring, But Not Where It Counts


If Bond was German, he'd probably dig the Jetta.

The most common description of the Volkswagen Jetta you will come across is that it’s a poor man’s BMW 3 Series or Audi A4. And with good reason. Having spent a week with the car recently, it was clear why the Jetta, now in its sixth generation, has become VW’s top-selling model, with over 14 million sold across the world. And it isn’t because of the compact sedan’s exterior styling. Bland is the best word to describe that, but exciting and fun are the words to use for the part about the car that counts the most: how it drives.

The 170-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic, performs more than adequately at the heart of what is a relatively lightweight chassis, and overall the Jetta is a truly fun car to drive, as you'll learn from our latest unboxing video.

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The interior works, both from a comfort and technological perspective, and for $28,145 this Turbo SEL Premium is a decent filler car as you wait to accrue enough BMW money. And if you never reach that level of success, at least you can claim to have owned a European sedan. That's got to count for something, right?