2014 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP $15,695 - $25,925

Ranked #8 in Sedan

7.6

Overall Rating

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Volkswagen had dipped its toes in the most heated segment in the past years - the midsize sedan segment - with the Jetta a while ago and has been enjoying massive popularity to date. The Volkswagen Jetta has been, more or less, the best-selling car in its line-up in the States and offers German engineering, premium feel, performance, and practicality. 

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Smooth powertrain

Fuel-efficient turbocharged engine

Also available as a wagon

Cons

Options are expensive

Lackluster base engine

Inconsistent interior quality 

What's New?

2.5L Inline-5 replaced by a turbocharged 1.8L Inline-4

The multilink rear suspension on all trims except Base

Electric power steering

Enhanced interior with increased soft-touch material


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$15695

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

9.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 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


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Trims

Base$15,695 onwards

S$16,895 onwards

SE$18,895 onwards

SEL$25,925 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Volkswagen Jetta in Apex Blue Pearl color
Apex Blue Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


It comes powered with a 2.0L Inline-4 that powers the front wheels only and produces 115 horsepower. The ever-expanding segment does house a lot of competition for the Jetta in the form of the Hyundai Elantra, the Kia Forte, and the Chevrolet Cruze. All of the cars have very positive customer feedback and have proven themselves to the people as strong value propositions in terms of commuting from Point A to Point B. 


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2014 Volkswagen Jetta Features

8.0/10

The Volkswagen Jetta can be had in 4 trim levels - Base, S, SE, and SEL - with the range kicking off from $15,695 and going all the way to $30,245 for the SEL. One thing to note about the Base trim is that one will have to put in a special order for this trim due to the limited demand it has. As standard, the Base trim is as barebones as one thinks and has the basics. Stepping up in the trim hierarchy adds in various features like power-adjustable seats, climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc. A short summary of what all different trims have on offer is given below:

Trim

Base

S

SE

SEL

MSRP 

$15,695

$17,995

$19,995

$25,925

Key Features

15-inch steel wheels

Adds to Base trim features

Adds to S trim features

Adds to SE trim features

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Keyless entry

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

 

Power windows

Power heated side mirrors

Electric power steering

Soft-touch dashboard

 

Cloth upholstery

Air-conditioning

Cruise control

Six-way power driver seat

 

Height-adjustable front seats

Optional automatic transmission

Leatherette upholstery

Touchscreen navigation system

 

Four-speaker CD sound system 

Trip computer

Two-way power front seats

Heated front seats with driver lumbar adjustment

 

60/40-split-folding rear seat

Power door locks and a front-seat center armrest

Six-speaker sound system

Eight-speaker Fender premium sound system.

The SE trim can also be equipped with two option packs - Connectivity and Sunroof - and both of them add features like 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats with driver lumbar adjustment, sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded sound system with a touchscreen interface, and heated washer nozzles to the equation. Yes, they do cost a premium but the features they bring in are worth the jump in price. 

We recommend

Seeing the features on offer, we’d surely go for the SE because it gets all the upgrades that one needs in the daily hustle along with the option to upgrade to premium features as well with the option packs on offer. To add to the packs’ credit, we’d opt for the Connectivity pack as it ticks all the necessary boxes to make the Jetta the most favorable one out there. 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta gets two engine options to choose from - a naturally aspirated 2.0L Inline-4 and a turbocharged 1.8L Inline-4. The bigger 2.0L Inline-4 is available on the Base and the S trim whereas the SE trims and higher upgrade to the turbocharged mill. Starting off with the 2.0L mill, it churns out 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque which is channeled to the front axle only via either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission. 

Upgrading to the 1.8L turbocharged mill, the output bumps up to 170 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, which is channeled to the front axle via the same 6-speed automatic transmission seen in the other engine. Needless to say, the turbocharged mill is quite powerful and has a lot of peppiness to it vis a vis the naturally aspirated one. 

The steering is very precise and there is minimal body roll through the corners, with lots of grips to put a smile on the driver’s face. The car is very relaxing to drive irrespective of the engine one chooses. The difference is very evident when the driver takes a turn towards the highway where the base engines’ performance starts to fade and the acceleration becomes sluggish. The turbocharged engine performs well and is not stressed at highway speeds, while also maintaining good sound insulation inside the cabin.

Models

2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Kia Forte

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

MSRP

$15,695

$17,200

$15,900

$17,520

Engine 

2.0L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power 

115 hp @ 5,200 RPM

145 hp @ 6,500 RPM

148 hp @ 6,500 RPM

138 hp @ 6,300 RPM

Torque

125 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

130 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

131 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

125 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM

0-60 MPH 

10.9 seconds

9.0 seconds

8.9 seconds

10.7 seconds

Quarter mile 

17.9 seconds

17.0 seconds

16.9 seconds

18.0 seconds

Top Speed

125 MPH

127 MPH

127 MPH

122 MPH

The Jetta’s lackluster performance from the base engine is evident from the performance and acceleration and the Cruze matches Jetta’s performance with similar numbers despite being more powerful. The Hyundai and the Kia are very similarly powered since they share similar engines, with the Kia tuned to give out slightly more hp helping it gain a millisecond in acceleration. 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2.0L unit in the VW Jetta isn’t the best one out there when it comes to fuel economy because of the naturally aspirated character. That being said, the EPA estimates Jetta’s fuel economy at 24 MPG and 34 MPG on the highway, for a combined 28 MPG from its 14.5-gallon fuel tank. The 1.8L turbocharged mill is a bit more efficient - 25 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. 

Models

2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Kia Forte

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

MPG (City)

24

27

25

25

MPG (Highway)

34

37

37

36

MPG (Combined)

28

31

29

29

Fuel Capacity

14.5 gallon

12.8 gallon

13.2 gallon

15.6 gallon

Range (City/ Highway/Combined) (Miles)

348/493/406

345/473/396

330/488/382

390/561/452

The Jetta’s fuel economy isn't the best out there when it comes to fuel economy but the big 14.5-gallon tank does help to provide a lot of range in both the city and on the highway but the most range goes to the Cruze which benefits from a higher fuel economy and a bigger tank than the Jetta. 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the Base trim on the VW Jetta is very basic and has hard plastics on the dashboard while the door panels have a soft and padded material. Climbing up the trims does upgrade the interiors as well by way of the dual-tone interior with a soft-touch dashboard and various other amenities like dual-zone climate control. The seats on the Base trim are cloth seats and upgrading to higher trims brings leatherette upholstery along with power adjustability, heating, and cooling as well. 

The cabin is very spacious and does boast a lot of headroom to make people comfortable. The rear seats are very comfortable and spacious irrespective of the trim and follow similar treatments to the front seats in terms of upholstery. The seatbacks are foldable to increase the cargo capacity by a lot, while also enabling easy access for longer items. In terms of cargo capacity, Jetta’s boot can hold 15.5 cubic feet of cargo which is further aided by the wide opening and square-ish shape. 

Models

2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Kia Forte

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/55.2/41.2

40.0/55.9/43.6

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.3/54.7/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/53.6/38.1

37.1/54.8/33.1

37.3/54.9/35.9

37.9/53.9/35.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.5

14.8

14.9

15.0

The Jetta’s cabin is a very spacious one owing to the abundant headroom and shoulder room on offer but when compared to the rivals, it seems small as all the others provide an even roomier cabin to enjoy the drive-in. That being said, the rear-seat occupants do have a lot of legroom to enjoy while also enjoying the massive cargo capacity on offer. The Jetta’s interior feels robust and is loaded with amenities in the higher trims, of which some of the most highlighting ones are:

  • Soft-touch dashboard
  • Six-way power driver seat
  • Power-adjustable passenger seats
  • Heated front seats with driver lumbar adjustment
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sunroof
  • Keyless entry/ignition
  • Leatherette upholstery

How intuitive is the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta’s infotainment unit?

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta comes as standard with a rather basic infotainment system which has a white-on-black display that is anti-glare and helps a lot with visibility under the sunlight. This system is upgradable to an upgraded touchscreen system that houses navigation as well. 

In terms of features, Bluetooth comes in as standard in both the systems along with an audio jack and CD player. The music is blasted via a 4-speaker system as standard, which can be upgraded to a 6-speaker system and further to an 8-speaker Fender premium system. That being said, some of the most highlighting features in the infotainment system are:

  • Four-speaker CD sound system 
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • Upgradable six-speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • iPod interface
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • SD memory card reader
  • Touchscreen navigation system
  • Eight-speaker Fender premium sound system

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

6.0/10

The 2014 VW Jetta has a very typical German corporate face with a very handsome headlight design along with a grille that boasts of the VW logo in the center. The front bumper has vents that help in cooling down the engine. The bumper also houses the fog lights as well. The hood is rather similar to the other VW cars with a smooth bonnet. 

The side of the Jetta is very simple and doesn’t boast of hard edges or other lines and angles but has a very linear door. The roof is rather high for the segment that also helps with the headroom. The higher terms get chrome surrounds around the window that adds to the German feel. The rear isn’t a showy bit either but remains very simple and sober with the big tail lamps and the VW logo in the center. 

Models

2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Kia Forte

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2,804

2,773

2,736

3,084

Length (inches)

182.2

179.1

179.5

181.0

Width (inches)

70.0

69.9

70.1

70.7

Height (inches)

57.2

56.3

56.5

58.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

5.3

5.5

6.4

Wheelbase (inches)

104.4

106.3

106.3

105.7

The Chevrolet Cruze is the most bulbous of all with the higher curb weight along with the biggest proportions and highest ground clearance. The Jetta, on the other hand, has rather compact proportions while being longer, which justifies the higher legroom in the second row. That being said, some of the highlighting features are:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Rearview camera
  • Sunroof
  • Power heated side mirrors
  • Heated washer nozzles

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Safety

8.0/10

Along with the highest accolades from the NHTSA and IIHS, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta gets a very robust chassis along with all the modern safety features that are seen in the cars in this segment. Although, there aren’t a lot of driver-assistance features onboard there are many safety aids - both active and passive - to keep the drive the same, of which some are:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Dual-stage airbags
  • Car-Net Emergency SOS
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Airbag occupancy sensor
  • Back-up camera
  • Cruise control

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Final Verdict

The Volkswagen Jetta is the best for one who is looking for a comfortable and spacious midsize sedan that has a lot of amenities. It drives well and has a very favorable suspension setup for the city but the base engine is underwhelming on the highway. The fuel economy is lower than the rivals but not by much and to counter that, the car has excellent range. That said, it is not short on safety nor does it look radical - making it the perfect buy for the daily commuter. 

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