2013 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP $15,545

Ranked #8 in Sedan

7.5

Overall Rating

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volkswagen Jetta is a full-fledged sedan from the house of Volkswagen. The 2013 Jetta tries to provide better performance and the latest tech features at a tempting price tag. It has always been known for its handling, comfy ride, and functional interiors. However, its base engine offers an underwhelming performance as compared to some of its well-established Japanese competitors.

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Pros

Good fuel economy

Spacious interiors

Refined ride quality 

Cons

Underwhelming base engine 

Boring interior design 

Few standard features

What's New?

New engine in SE and SEL trims 

Available car-net smartphone integration

Power reclining front seats are now available 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$15545

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

127 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

115 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

125 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.4 in.

length

182.2 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

2804 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

1166 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/29/34 mpg

highway range

493 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.0 Base$15,545 onwards

Base$15,545 onwards

2.0 S$16,675 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Volkswagen Jetta in Agate Black color
Agate Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2013 Jetta is available in four trims, namely the Base, S, SE, and SEL. The Base and S trims are offered with smaller engines, while the SE and SEL trims get a larger performance-oriented engine. The price for the base trim starts at $15,545 and goes up to $22,895 for the top-of-the-line SEL trim. The Jetta faces stiff competition from the likes of Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, and Hyundai Elantra.


7.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2013 Volkswagen Jetta Features

7.5/10

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta is available in four trims, namely the Base, S, SE, and SEL. The Jetta is also available with a TDI engine option and hence a separate trim. All the trims provide many features and optional packages to cater to different buyers. All the trims offer good interior space and cargo capacity, but the base and the S trims lack performance. For better performance, you need to go for SE and SEL trims.

Trims 

Base 

S

SE

SEL

MSRP

$15,545

$16,675

$18,995

$22,895

Key Features 

2.0L inline-4 engine

Adds to or upgrades to the base trim 

Adds to or upgrades to the S trim 

Adds to or upgrades to the SE trim 

 

Cloth seat trim

Power heated side mirrors 

Two-way front power seats

Heated front seats and driver lumbar support 

 

Firmer suspension tuning 

Keyless entry

Cruise control 

Car-net telematics

 

AM/FM/Satellite-prep 

Trip computer 

Leatherette upholstery

Heated washer nozzles

 

Anti-theft alarm system 

Dual-zone climate control

Body-color exterior mirrors

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

 

 

Power door locks

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

Which trim should you buy?

We believe that the SE trim makes more sense as it is equipped with many creature comforts and also comes with a more powerful engine. You get most of the features of the SEL trim and optional packages can be used to further muscle up the SE trim. The SE trim is also around $4,000 cheaper as compared to the SEL trim, making it the best value for money option in the lineup. 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2013 Jetta is powered by a 2.0L inline-four engine which produces about 115 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The engine is refined and the performance is good but not exciting, to say the least. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and comes in FWD configuration only. The SE and SEL trims get a 2.5L inline-5 engine, producing about 170 hp on regular gas. The 2.0L engine is not bad but just takes its own sweet time to accelerate, and it does a 0-60 mph sprint in 11.1 seconds. The quarter-mile drag is done in about 18.2 seconds.

Models(2013)

Volkswagen Jetta 

Ford Focus

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra 

MSRP

$16,200

$17,215

$18,710

$17,995

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

1.4L Turbocharged Inline-4

1.8L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

5 Speed Manual 

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power

115hp@5200rpm

160hp@6500rpm

138hp@4900rpm

148 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

125lb-ft@4000rpm

146lb-ft@4450rpm

148lb-ft@1850rpm

131 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

11.1

N/A

9.5

11.2

Quarter Mile (MPH) (second)

18.2

N/A

17.3

18.2

Top Speed

110 MPH

120MPH

108 MPH

116 MPH

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze comes with the smallest engine of the lot, yet it produces decent firepower and does a 0-60 mph sprint in 9.5 seconds. The Ford Focus offers maximum power output, and the Elantra follows it to get the second spot. The Elantra is considerably slower and does a 0-60 mph sprint in 11.2 seconds. When comparing the price tag, Chevrolet is the most expensive option in the lineup.

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2013 Jetta might be lacking in performance with its base engine but delivers good fuel efficiency. It offers 23 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in combined driving conditions. With a fuel tank of 14.5 gallons, the Jetta can travel up to 334 miles in the city, 421 miles on the highway, and 363 miles in mixed driving conditions. 

Models(2013)

Volkswagen Jetta 

Ford Focus

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra 

MPG (City)

23

26

26

28

MPG (Highway)

29

36

38

38

MPG (Combined)

25

30

30

32

Range 

333.5/420.5

322.4/446.4

405.6/592.8

358.4/486.4

Fuel Capacity

14.5

12.4

15.6

12.8

The Chevrolet Cruze is equipped with the largest fuel tank of the lot, and it also offers about 30 mpg in mixed driving conditions. With a fuel tank capacity of 15.6 gallons, it can offer a combined range of 468 miles. The Hyundai Elantra is the most fuel-efficient car here, and it offers 32 mpg in combined conditions and can travel up to 410 miles on a full tank of gas. 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

7.0/10

The interior design of the 2013 Jetta is not everyone’s cup of tea. It is simple and functional, but creativity is missing. After seeing the interior design in other sedans, you might just acknowledge Jetta’s cabin as boring. The materials used are made up of hard plastics and cloth, which makes the interior look bland and unexciting. We have seen much better interior design in this segment.

To get better quality materials and leather upholstery, you need to opt for higher trims. The front seats have adequate headroom and legroom. Even the rear seat offers good headroom, while the legroom is just about adequate. However, very tall passengers might feel uncomfortable over long journeys. The climate controls are also accessible to both the front passenger and driver. The design is ergonomic and is easy to use. 

Models (2013)

Volkswagen Jetta 

Ford Focus

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

38.2/55.2/41.2

38.3/55.6/43.7

39.3/54.8/42.3

40/55.9/43.6

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

37.1/53.6/38.1

38.0/53.7/33.2

37.9/53.9/35.4

37.1/54.8/33.1

Cargo Capacity (Cu. Ft)

15.5

13.2

15.0

14.8

The Jetta offers a better cargo capacity than its competitors. You can get access to 15.5 cu-ft of space in its trunk. The Chevrolet Cruze comes close in terms of cargo capacity, followed by Elantra and Focus. The legroom offered by Jetta in the second row is more as compared to all. However, the headroom is less as compared to the Focus. Some of the standout interior features of the 2013 Jetta are:

  • Steering mounted controls 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rearview camera 
  • Interior air filtration system

How intuitive is the 2013 Jetta’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system in the Jetta is well loaded and comes with the most necessary features as standard. You get a 7-inch touchscreen display that is glare-free to some extent and responsive in nature. The base Jetta gets a basic stereo system and auxiliary input jack. As you climb the trim ladder, you get access to features like satellite radio, a nine-speaker Fender audio system, a media interface with iPod cable, a navigation system, etc. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2013 Jetta are:

  • Fender audio system (Higher trims)
  • Car-net smartphone integration 
  • Navigation system (Higher trims)
  • Voice recognition 
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display 
  • USB ports and AUX input 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

8.0/10

The 2013 Jetta is clearly distinguishable from its competitors. It gets a minimalistic yet effective design. The subtle lines and curves look good and give the car an executive look. The design is not overdone in any way. The front fascia imbibes two small headlamps with DRLs and a three-line chrome grille with the Volkswagen logo on it. The sides are also plain and do not come with sharp angular creases or strong character lines. Overall, the design is not loud and demands your attention. 

Models (2013)

Volkswagen Jetta 

Ford Focus

Chevrolet Cruze

Hyundai Elantra 

Curb Weight (lbs)

2881

2907

3118

2704

Length (.in)

182.2

178.5

181.0

178.3

Width (.in)

70.0

71.8

70.7

69.9

Height (.in)

57.2

57.7

58.1

56.5

Wheelbase (.in)

104.4

104.3

105.7

106.3

Ground Clearance (.in)

5.5

N/A

6.4

5.5

The Elantra is the lightest car in the segment, and that is the prime reason for its very good fuel efficiency. The Jetta is heavier than the Elantra and lighter than other cars in the competition. It gets a ground clearance of 5.5-inches, just about adequate in this class. However, better ground clearance is always appreciated. The Chevrolet Cruze has a higher ground clearance of 6.4-inches. The Hyundai Elantra gets a longer wheelbase and is shorter in length when compared to the Jetta. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2013 Jetta are:

  • Roof rack kit- Ski
  • 18-inch Preston silver alloy wheels (Higher trims)
  • Heated washer nozzles 
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Lip spoiler 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Safety

8.0/10

The 2013 Jetta is well equipped with many safety features, and its structural design is proven to be safe. The NHTSA has given it a 4-star rating in frontal and rollover collision tests, while a 5-star rating for side crash tests. The IIHS has awarded it the “2013 Top Safety Pick” award for its good performance in various crash tests conducted. From the base trim itself, you get features like airbags, emergency braking assist, traction control, ABS, vehicle stability control, and an optional rearview camera. Some of the standout safety features of the 2013 Jetta are:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Post-collision safety system 
  • Forward collision alert 
  • Lane keep assist 
  • Tire pressure monitoring system 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Final Verdict

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta is not for everyone. It is a very good vehicle, but its interior and exterior design might appeal to few people. It scores well on safety quotient and offers good fuel efficiency from its base 2.0L engine. However, the performance will not make you grin, and you will ask for more. It offers a good infotainment system, and the comfort level is good too. However, there are many options in the segment which come as an overall better package in terms of pricing, performance, and aesthetics. 

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