2015 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP $16,215 - $18,995

Ranked #9 in Sedan

7.4

Overall Rating

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta received a minor refresh for both the interior and exterior this year. The Jetta that was already well-rated for safety received a few more driver-assist features added to its optional safety package. As usual, the gas-powered Jetta offers two engine choices, and we recommend skipping the naturally aspirated one as it neither offers performance nor great gas mileage.

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Pros

Punchy performance from TSI engine

Accommodative cabin space

Fuel-efficient engine options

Generous trunk capacity

Cons

Poor fuel economy from gas engines

Standard engine lacks performance

Lackluster driving dynamics

Barebones base trim

What's New?

Refreshed interior and exterior styling for the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta.

More driver-assist features are now available.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16215

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

dimensions

wheelbase

104.4 in.

length

183.3 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

2859 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1120 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/34 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$16,215 onwards

2.0 S$17,325 onwards

1.8 SE PZEV$18,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Volkswagen Jetta in Deep Black Pearl color
Deep Black Pearl

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

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Coming to the interiors, the cabin is well-built with high-quality material used inside. The optional touchscreen with navigation is the best in the business. Just like last year, the Jetta managed to bag the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from IIHS. Starting at around $16,215, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta rivals the likes of Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla.


7.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2015 Volkswagen Jetta Features

7.0/10

The trim choices for the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta are spread across five trim and two engine options. The base trim starts at $16,215 and comes with a 2.0-liter four-pot engine. The next trim is S that starts at $17,325 and adds cruise control, keyless entry, air conditioning, etc. Then there are three trims SE, Sport, and SEL that come with a more powerful 1.8-liter TSI engine, and prices start at $18,995 and go up to $25,380. The topmost SEL comes with an automatic gearbox, while the rest of the trims have an option of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.

Trims

Base

S

1.8T SE

1.8T Sport

1.8T SEL

MSRP (Manual)

$16,215

$17,325

$18,995

$20,895

-

MSRP (Auto)

-

$18,425

$20,095

$21,995

$25,380

Key Features

115 hp, 2.0-liter inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘Base’

Adds or upgrades to ‘S

Adds or upgrades to ‘1.8T SE

Adds or upgrades to ‘1.8T Sport

 

15-inch steel wheels

Keyless entry

170 hp, 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine

17-inch alloy wheels

6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

 

Tilt and telescoping steering wheel

Cruise control

16-inch alloy wheels

Sport-tuned suspension

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Four-speaker sound system

4-inch screen w/ a single-CD radio

Satellite radio

Six-speaker radio w/ navigation

9-speaker Fender sound system

   

Power windows

Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

Heated front seats

Heated windshield wiper

   

Height-adjustable front seats

60/40-split folding rear seats

iPod adapter cable

Rearview camera

 

 

Power heated side mirrors

 

Foglights

 

 

 

Air conditioning

 

Rear spoiler

 

 

 

 

 

Two-tone leatherette upholstery

 

 

 

 

 

Keyless entry and ignition

 

We Recommend

If money isn’t a problem, then we suggest going for the 1.8T Sport trim as it not only gets a much powerful and better TSI engine and for less than a five grand premium over the base trim, we think this is a steal deal. With features like 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, Two-tone leatherette upholstery, and Six-speaker radio w/ navigation, the 1.8T Sport trim makes for the best value for money option in the lineup.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Volkswagen Jetta comes with two engine options. The 2.0-liter inline-4 resides in the base and S trims and puts out a measly 115 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. Higher trims get a much more powerful 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that puts out a meaty 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Both the engines offer a choice of either a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The standard engine setup helps the Jetta scoot from 0-60 mph in a lazy 11 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 18.1 seconds. The much more powerful turbo-four TSI engine cuts that to 7.2 seconds for 0-60 mph.

Models

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Toyota Corolla

MSRP

$18,425

$16,945

$18,565

Engine

2.0-liter inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

1.8-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power (hp @ rpm)

115 hp @ 5200 rpm

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

125 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

128 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

11.0 sec

7.8 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile (sec)

18.1 sec

16.1 sec

17.2 sec

Top Speed (mph)

125 MPH

120 MPH

130 MPH

The Mazda 3 is the most powerful, producing 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. It also clocks the fastest 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 16.1 seconds. In comparison to this, the Jetta remains 3.2 seconds slower in the 0-60 mph run and took 2 seconds more to cover the quarter-mile.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Volkswagen Jetta returns underwhelming fuel economy figures from its naturally aspirated inline-4 engine. As per the EPA estimate, you can expect a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway from the manual gearbox. The 6-speed auto sees a drop of 2 mpg in the city fuel economy. The turbocharged Jetta with the automatic gearbox managed a much better 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. A 14.5-gallon fuel tank is standard across all the Jetta trims. 

Models

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Toyota Corolla

MPG (City)

23

30

29

MPG (Highway)

34

41

38

MPG (Combined)

26

34

32

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

334/ 493/ 377

396/ 541/ 448

383/ 502/ 422

Just like in the above comparison where the Jetta fared poorly, the same story continues here too. The Mazda 3 once again leads the show with a stellar fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The Jetta, compared to the Mazda 3, managed to return 7 mpg less in both the city and on the highway.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

6.0/10

The cabin of the Volkswagen Jetta carries a no-nonsense design language. The material quality used throughout the cabin is of high quality, and the cabin feels built to last. The classic dash design is second to none in the segment, and the controls and piano-black finished trims pieces are all made of good quality material. Moving to the seats, you won’t have any complaints from them either. They are comfortable and provide an ample amount of support. The seats are a bit firm, but that ensures that during long drives you don’t feel tired. With a generous amount of front and rear legroom, you have enough space to stretch out without feeling uncomfortable.

Models

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Toyota Corolla

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.2/ 55.2/ 41.2

38.6/ 57.2/ 42.2

38.3/ 54.8/ 42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/ 53.6/ 38.1

37.6/ 54.4/ 35.8

37.1/ 54.8/ 41.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.7

12.4

13.0

The cabin space on offer in the Volkswagen Jetta is definitely better than what you get in the Mazda 3, but it falls short in front of the gargantuan 42.3-inches of front and 41.4-inches of rear legroom offered on the Corolla. The Jetta quickly covers that up by gaining a few practicality points for the biggest 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Key interior features include:

  • Cruise control
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless entry
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • Available V-Tex leatherette-trimmed seats
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available power-adjustable driver’s seat

How intuitive is Volkswagen Jetta’s infotainment unit?

The base trim of the Jetta gets a four-speaker stereo with AM/FM/CD player. The higher trims offer a 4.0-inch screen with a CD player, a 6-speaker sound system, and a radio. While moving further up in the trim ladder, you will add navigation and a premium 9-speaker Fender sound system. Overall the system is flawless and among the best in the business. Key infotainment features include:

  • 4-speaker stereo
  • AM/FM/CD player
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Available 4.0-inch screen w/ navigation
  • Available Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod cable
  • Available Fender premium audio system

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

7.0/10

Unlike the Japanese and Korean cars, the Volkswagen Jetta has a straightforward design language that not only looks classy but will also age well with time. The front end has clean three lines running on the upper grille that merges into the headlamps. The lower part of the grille has two lines running, and the upper one merges into the fog light housing. The side profile has a mature European styling, and as standard, you get 16-inch steel wheels that can be upgraded to 17-inch alloys. The rear has a slightly raised boot and trapezoidal tail lights. To conclude, the Jetta has a matured design with clean lines running all through its body.

Models

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2015 Mazda Mazda3

2015 Toyota Corolla

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,941

2,854

2,855

Length (inches)

183.3

180.3

182.6

Width (inches)

70.0

70.7

69.9

Height (inches)

57.2

57.3

57.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.2

6.1

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

104.4

106.3

106.3

The Volkswagen Jetta is the longest measuring 183.3-inches in this comparison. The Jetta loses the widest sedan title to the Mazda 3 by a margin of 0.7-inches. All three sedans have a similar height. Both Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla offer the longest wheelbase of 106.3-inches, while the Jetta gets only 104.4-inches of wheelbase. That said, weighing more than 2,941 lbs, the Volkswagen Jetta is the heaviest sedan, while the Mazda 3 has the highest ground clearance of 6.1-inches. Key exterior features include:

  • Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Fog Lights
  • Heated power side mirrors
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Safety

6.0/10

The Volkswagen Jetta comes with a sturdy cabin that has shock-absorbing crumple zones to ensure your safety in the event of a crash. The 2015 Jetta was crash-tested by NHTSA, and it received a perfect five-star overall rating. The IIHS shared a similar opinion and rated the Jetta with a rating of ‘Good’ in five parameters, and the Jetta managed to grab the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from the IIHS. Key safety features include:

  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Engine Brake Assist
  • Anti-Slip Regulation
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Traffic Alert
  • Available Forward Collision Warning system

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Final Verdict

The Volkswagen Jetta is a very interesting case in its segment. It offers something for every segment of the customer as there is a diesel-powered Jetta, there is a hybrid Jetta, and there is a gas-powered Jetta which we covered here. The gas-powered Jetta has decent gas mileage, space, and fabulous safety scores. However, the performance from the standard engine lets down an otherwise great product. Nevertheless, Volkswagen has given a more powerful turbo-four engine to cover for that in the higher trims. So for those who are bored driving Japanese and Korean cars can give this European steed a shot. 

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