2016 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP $17,680 - $30,380

Ranked #5 in Sedan

8.4

Overall Rating

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volkswagen Jetta is a 4 door compact saloon that has been ruling the German sedan market for a very long time, and it still retains all the good qualities and the character of its predecessors. For 2016, it looks amazing, drives excellent, and feels premium inside the cabin. It offers a wide range of engine options to choose from, and all the engines are absolutely praise-worthy.

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Pros

Tremendous back seat and trunk space

Engines onboard are athletic as well as fuel-efficient

The hybrid powertrain is quite responsive

Cons

Numb handling and steering

Some cheap cabin materials used in the lower trims

A tad expensive than its counterparts

GLI Sport model is not quite up to the expectations

What's New?

An all-new infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17680

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

85 cu.in.

horsepower

150 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual

dimensions

wheelbase

104.4 in.

length

183.3 in.

width

70 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

3025 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1078 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/30/39 mpg

highway range

520.0 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

1.4T S$17,680 onwards

1.4T SE$18,995 onwards

1.8T Sport PZEV$20,895 onwards

1.8T SEL PZEV$23,650 onwards

1.8T SEL$23,650 onwards

1.8T SEL Premium PZEV$25,380 onwards

1.8T SEL Premium$25,380 onwards

2.0T SE GLI$26,920 onwards

2.0T SE GLI PZEV$26,920 onwards

2.0T SEL GLI PZEV$29,280 onwards

2.0T SEL GLI$29,280 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Volkswagen Jetta in Black Uni color
Black Uni

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

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

7.5

Safety

9.1

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2016 Jetta is certainly well packed with a lot of features and opulence. The base price is also very affordable and doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. This is German technology at the most affordable price. Volkswagen offers a massive trim range with features and options as per your need. Moreover, it rivals the likes of other worthy cars like the 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Toyota Corolla, and 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.


8.5/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

9.1/10
Safety


2016 Volkswagen Jetta Features

8.5/10

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is available in 5 different trims, and certainly, all these trims tick all boxes when it comes to the ride quality, features, comfort, and performance. The base trim offers features like LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Day-Night Rearview Mirror, Low Tire Pressure Warning, and a Rear View Camera System, which makes the base trim favorable for safety and comfort driving. The higher trims also add certain aesthetic features to the exterior.

Trims

S

SE

SE Sport

SEL

GLI

MSRP

$17,680

$21,245

$23,245

$26,245

$29,245

Key Features

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Keyless access with push-button start

17″ black alloy wheels

Dual-zone climate control

LED taillights

 

Rear View Camera System

VW Car-Net App-Connect

Black-painted rear spoiler

Front Assist

18″ Bathurst alloy wheels

 

Composition Color touchscreen sound system

Power tilting/sliding sunroof

Gloss black interior trim and black headliner

Discover Media touchscreen navigation

V-Tex sport leatherette with red stitching

 

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Analog Display

Analog Display

Seats w/Leatherette Back Material

Sport Leather Steering Wheel

 

Front Bucket Seats

Heated Front Bucket Seats 

Heated Front Bucket Seats 

VW Car-Net Tracker System

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts

 

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Light Tinted Glass

Light Tinted Glass

Leather Steering Wheel

Leather Gear Shifter Material

 

6-Way Passenger Seat

Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps

 

Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps

 

V-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim

LED Brakelights

We Recommend:

We recommend the SEL trim for its abundant features list and even more comfort. It also gets optional leather bolstered seats for an enhanced driving experience and heated front comfort sports seats for better comfort inside the cabin. Some other highlight features include Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning, V-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim, and Cornering Lights.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Engine and Performance

8.3/10

The Volkswagen Jetta offers a 1.4 L turbocharged inline-4 engine as standard on the trims except for the ones that end in ‘SEL’ and ‘GLI,’ which get a 1.8L inline-4 engine and more powerful 2.0L inline 4 engine. The standard 1.4 Liter engine in the base version produces 150 hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The 1.4 Liter motor is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission unit and is only available with an FWD drivetrain option just like all the other trims.

The powertrain is fuel-efficient and certainly makes it a lively car to drive, but it is underpowered when compared to some of its rivals, but surprisingly, it performs better than its counterparts even though it is less powerful. Its strong torque output gives a grunt and strong powerband. Moreover, it is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds and clocks a quarter-mile run in 16.3 seconds. However, the top speed of the Jetta is not specified.

Model

Volkswagen Jetta

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Chevrolet Cruze

MSRP

$18,645

$18,640

$18,735

$18,120

Engine

1.4-Liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine

2.0-Liter, 4-cylinder Engine

1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder Engine

1.4-Liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Engine

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

150 hp @ 5000 rpm

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

153 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

138 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

128 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

177 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

0-60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.6 sec

9.5 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter mile

16.3 sec @ 86.2 mph

16.7 @ 86.1 mph

17.4 sec @ 83 mph

16.2 @ 86 mph

Top Speed (mph)

NA

120

112 

116

When comparing all the cars with the stats available on the table, all the sedans in the competition are similarly priced, but none of the cars brings the ride quality and driving pleasure that the Jetta has on offer. The Chevrolet Cruze happens to be the fastest car. The closest contender to the Chevrolet Cruze seems to be the Jetta despite having an underpowered engine to support it.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The compact sedans are built to commute family with comfort and to deliver an outstanding fuel economy, and the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta definitely lives up to it. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta offers a fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highways. It has a fuel tank of 14.5 gallons, and it manages to slam its opponents in terms of fuel efficiency and range. The sedan can traverse a distance of 406 miles in the city and 580 miles while cruising on the highway. However, the higher trims with more powerful engines drop in mileage by a bit.

Model

Volkswagen Jetta

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Chevrolet Cruze

MPG (city)

28

28

27

28

MPG (highway)

40

40

35

39

MPG (combined)

33

32

30

32

Fuel Capacity

14.5

12.4

13.2

13.7

Range (City/highway)

406/580

347.2/496

356.4/462

383.6/534.3

In comparison, the Volkswagen Jetta wins the fuel economy competition. The Corolla loses to all its rivals with a mileage of 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. When comparing the overall range, again Volkswagen stands ahead of its rivals with 4.6 miles in the city and 5820 miles on the highway, all thanks to its class-leading fuel tank capacity of 14.5 gallons.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

8.6/10

There is no shortage of features inside the opulent cabin of the Volkswagen Jetta. The whole cabin is well designed and competes strongly with the rivals. It offers comfortable seating for 5 passengers. The steering wheel is chunky and premium to hold, especially the leather steering wheel in higher trims. The center console is well laid out with easy-to-use buttons.

The higher trims also get premium leather upholstery for extra comfort. That being said, let’s check out the interior dimensions. The Jetta offers a great interior space if not the best. It offers headroom of 38.2 inches in the front and 37.1 inches in the rear, which are mediocre headroom figures. Nevertheless, it shines in the cargo space, offering a cargo capacity of 15.7 inches, which fits enough luggage to enjoy your weekend getaway.

Model

Volkswagen Jetta

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Chevrolet Cruze

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/55.2/41.2

38.9/53.9/42.1

39.2/57.8/44.3

40.4/57.9/45.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.6/38.1

37.0/52.6/32.9

37.8/56.9/38.3

38.0/56.5/35.6

Cargo capacity (cubic Ft)

15.7

15.1

13

 

14.80

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta has less headroom than most of its rivals. When comparing, the front headroom is the highest in the Chevrolet Cruze, measuring 40.4 inches. On the other hand, Toyota Corolla has the highest rear shoulder room space on offer measuring 56.9 inches. The trunk size of the Toyota Corolla looks small compared to its rivals, measuring only 13 inches, which is certainly not adequate enough. Major interior features include:

  • Optional V-Tex leather seat trim
  • 6-way passenger seat
  • Optional leather gear shifter material
  • Optional Heated front seats

How intuitive is the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta’s infotainment system?

For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen Jetta offers new and latest infotainment features that truly stand out from the rest of the cars in the segment. The dashboard holds a 6.3-inch touchscreen multi-information infotainment display that controls various features, including climate control and connectivity features. Some of the standout infotainment features that you get in the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta are listed below:

  • 6.3-inch touchscreen
  • Fender Premium Audio System w/8 Speakers -inc: Including subwoofer
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay 
  • MirrorLink
  • Navigation 

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

7.5/10

The exterior of the Volkswagen Jetta is one of the most exciting things. It looks striking and outshines some of its rivals when it comes to exterior looks. The headlights look sharp and aggressive and incorporate projector lights with DRLs that adorn the look even better. The design of the bodywork is truly spectacular with multiple clean lines right from the front end to the rear end.

The taillamps go well with the exterior of the car and are unarguably one of the best-looking taillights in its segment. Moving on to the exterior dimensions, Volkswagen Jetta weighs 2,939 lbs. It has a length of 182.2 inches, a width of 70 inches, a height of 56.6 inches, and a wheelbase of 104.4 inches. The Jetta happens to have the smallest proportions and dimensions overall.

Model

Volkswagen Jetta

Honda Civic

Toyota Corolla

Chevrolet Cruze

Curb weight(lbs)

2939

2790

2860

2932

Length(in)

182.2

182.3

183.1

183.7

Width(in)

70.0

70.8

69.9

70.5

Height(in)

56.6

55.7

57.3

57.4

Ground clearance(in)

5.2

5.9

6.7

6.4

Wheelbase(in)

104.4

106.3

106.3

106.3

Comparing the competition, the Honda Civic is the lightest car in its class, weighing 2,790 lbs, whereas the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cruze have a curb weight of 2,860 and 2,932 lbs, respectively. When it comes to length, the Chevrolet Cruze turns out to be the longest car in the segment at 183.7 inches. Moreover, it also leads the pack to be the tallest in the segment with a height of 57.4 inches. Some of the standout exterior features include:

  • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Cornering Lights
  • 18-inch wheels (Higher trims)

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Safety

9.1/10

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta gains a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA with 4 stars in the roll-over test and overall front crash test. The IIHS honors the Jetta by giving it the Top Safety Pick+ award for 2016. The two fronts where it scores 'Marginally' are the small overlap front and the headlights. Apart from that, it is known for its robustness. The sedan offers quite a handful of modern-day safety features. Some of the top-notch safety features include:

  • Back-Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot (optional)
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Final Verdict

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is the ideal compact sedan for daily driving and long drives as well. It is packed with performance, comfort, and practicality, and Volkswagen has balanced it all together rather quite well. It also has a plethora of advanced safety features at your disposal. In a nutshell, if you are after a desirable sedan that has a lot of great features, stable ride quality, and impeccable build quality, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta could be the one for you.

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