2017 Volkswagen Jetta

MSRP $17,895 - $28,995

Ranked #3 in Compact Sedan

8.1

Overall Rating

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact car that has evolved to an economy sedan than, unlike the Jetta of the past which signified European refinement. With conservative looks inside out, this VW's best-selling car has its perks. IT is all about a big interior package and a small price, while the current Volkswagen Jetta gains a rearview camera on all models. Advanced driver aids such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control now show up even on lower-priced trim levels. An updated infotainment system finally adds a USB port. VW has streamlined the 2017 Jetta's lineup with up to 4 trim levels.

The four-cylinder engines are pretty sweet, and two of the three available engines even offer a manual transmission. Top-rated competitors include models such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, and Chevy Cruze, but also the Mazda 3 and Hyundai Elantra. Yeah, it's a dense segment. We recommend checking them out and read the review below with a comparison of the best compacts for you.

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Pros

Intuitive infotainment touchscreen system

Spacious interior and big trunk comparable to bigger midsize rivals

Ample power

Four-cylinder engines offer great fuel economy

Cons

Cheap looking, Hard plastic interior in lower trims

Hybrid Jetta not available anymore

What's New?

Rear view camera standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17895

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

127 mph

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

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.4 in.

length

182.2 in.

width

70 in.

height

56.6 in.

curb weight

2939 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2200 lbs.

payload capacity

1091 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

22 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.3

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/33/40 mpg

highway range

504.0 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

1.4T S$17,895 onwards

1.4T SE$20,895 onwards

1.8T Sport$22,175 onwards

1.8T SEL$24,995 onwards

1.8T SEL Premium$26,995 onwards

2.0T GLI$28,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Volkswagen Jetta in Black color
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

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.1

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta lineup has been reduced to four trim levels while the performance-oriented GTI is only available in the SE trim. A rearview camera is now standard on the base S trim while the Driver Assistance package has been made available on lower trim levels of the Jetta. The 2017 Jetta is a front-drive compact sedan that slots below the VW's midsize Passat.

The 2017 Jetta's price ranges from $17,895 up to $28,995. Owning a 2017 Jetta typically costs more to fuel, insure, repair, and maintain than it does other compact cars. The five years cos of ownership is estimated at $24,000 for the Jetta, which is two to three thousand dollars more than estimates for the Corolla and Civic.

Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Jetta

7.5/10
Features

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.1/10
Safety


2017 Volkswagen Jetta Features

7.5/10

Volkswagen offers the 2017 Jetta in a simplified lineup comprising of four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and GLI. Base pricing for the Volkswagen Jetta starts off at just $17,895 for the 1.4 S and the range-topping GLI lists at $27,895.

Standard on the Jetta S are 16-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, foglights, air-conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry, heated side mirrors, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system with a 5-inch touchscreen interface.

Trim S SE SEL GLI
MSRP $17,895 $20,895 - $27,895
MSRP $18,995 $21,995 $24,995 $28,995
Key Features LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Features from S: Features from SE: Features from SE &:
  MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, AM/FM radio Multi-function trip computer featuring trip time  Foglights LED taillights
  Multi-function trip computer featuring trip time, Trip length, average trip speed Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control Foglights
  Average trip speed, average trip fuel consumption   Multi-function trip computer featuring trip time, trip length  Climatronic dual-zone automatic
  Current fuel consumption, miles to empty, speed warning   Average trip speed, average trip fuel consumption Premium color multi-function trip computer display
  Composition Color touchscreen sound system   Speed warning, current speed, and temperature SD memory card reader, and voice control

Moving up to Jetta SE adds 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, heated washer nozzles, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, a rear-seat pass-through, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a 6.3-inch touchscreen interface, and more.

The Jetta SEL comes with chrome exterior accents, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat, a cooled glovebox, a navigation system, and more.

The GLI is now offered in only one trim level. It comes with most of the features and adds 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, unique exterior styling details, upgraded brakes, front and rear parking sensors. 

We Recommend

We would suggest you go for the SE for the best value, features, and price in the Jetta. It's the trim topped up well with features so much so that, the GLI version is just more powerful with the same features.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Engine and Performance

7.8/10
"With three engines and three transmissions, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta has arguably the most appealing powertrain lineup in its class."- Edmunds

Three turbocharged four-cylinder engines are offered in the 2017 Jetta. A base 1.4-liter turbo-4 is available in S and SE trims, rated at 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. In SEL trims, a 1.8-liter with 170 hp and 184 lb-ft is available and the 2.0-liter on the hot-rod GLI making 210 hp and 207 lb-ft. A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Jetta GLI comes with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The base 1.4T has plenty for around-town commutes and returns decent fuel economy. The mid-range 1.8T is not any quicker, rather it's just a little more confident.

Models 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Mazda 3  2017 Hyundai Elantra
MSRP $17,895 $17,600 $18,895 $18,150
Engine 1.4L I4 2.0L I4 DOHC D-CVVT MPI 2.0L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder 2.0L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder D-CVVT GDI
Transmission 5-speed automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 150 hp @ 5000 RPM 147 hp @ 6200 RPM 155 bhp @ 6000 RPM 147 @ 6200 RPM
Torque 184 ft-lbs. @ 1400 RPM 132 lb-ft. @ 4500 RPM 150 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM 132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

All of the cars here are very moderately powered vehicles here. All are around 150 hp ballpark but here Volkswagen with its famous 1.4L engine is able to produce 184 lb.ft of torque at as low as 1400 rpm which is far better than any other car here. The Mazda 3 comes close with 150 lb-ft but how the VW pulls in comparison is pretty impressive.

0-60 mph and Quarter-mile Acceleration

The 2017 Jetta with the base engine accelerated to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The 1.8T offers a good compromise of brisker acceleration and fuel economy. The hot-rod GLI sprints to 60 mph n 6.6 seconds, as claimed by the Volkswagen.

Models Volkswagen Jetta S Kia Forte LX Mazda Mazda3 Sport Hyundai Elantra SE
0-60 MPH 7.7 sec 6.6 sec 7.9 sec 9.3 sec
Quarter mile 16.3 sec 15.2 sec 16.2 sec 16.9 sec
Engine 1.4L 2.0L 2.0 2.0L

All Jettas are front-wheel drive. The standard 5-speed manual transmission is good, but most buyers will like the 6-speed automatic, which is standard on the SEL. Though VW notes that the max power figures seen below are achieved via premium gasoline, all the engines work fine with regular unleaded fuel.

Braking Performance

In brake testing, a Jetta SE came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is better than average. VW provides 11.3 inches front and 10.8 inches rear brake rotors in the 2017 Jetta as standard equipment. The brake feel is strong and confident.

Model 2017 Volkswagen Jetta  2017 Kia Forte 2017 Mazda3 2017 Hyundai Elantra
Brake Front  11.3" 11" 11.02" 11.0"
Brake Rear 10.8" 10.3" 10.43" 8.0"
Curb Weight 2939 lbs. 2,804 lbs. 2,967 lbs. 2,812 lbs.
60-0 MPH 118 ft. 127 ft. 126 ft. 116 ft.

Opting for the Jetta GLI offers standard 17-inch wheels and rear disc brakes, to compensate for the stronger motor under the hood. By Comparison, the Jetta is slightly behind the Hyundai Elantra which has a 116 feet stopping distance from 60 mph.

Ride and Handling

Jetta’s ride is comfortable, and her handling ability is confident. However, we expected more spirited and nimble handling sighting its European roots but the rival cars such as Mazda3 are sportier. If you just want a sportier Jetta, the GLI fits the requirements and has a more firmly controlled suspension and upgraded brakes.

The standard electric power steering provides decent feedback. On freeways, the Jetta is compliant and most engaging to drive. It is a roomy highway cruiser but there are other compact cars that offer similar or better dynamics, so a must-try.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The front-wheel-drive 2017 Volkswagen Jetta S and SE models return an above-average fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the automatic. VW claims the manual can return 33 mpg combined (28 city/40 highway).

Model 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Mazda 3 2017 Hyundai Elantra
MPG (city) 28 29 28 29
MPG (highway) 40 38 37 38
MPG (combined) 33 32 32 33

The ratings drop slightly for the Jetta SEL, EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg combined (25 city/35 highway). In pricing terms that difference only amounts to an extra $100 to $250 in fuel costs each year.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

8.6/10

"The Jetta's interior feels minimalist and clean, with DNA from its European cousin Audi. "- Kelley Blue Book

The Jetta, a compact sedan, offers room for five people with rear-seat legroom comparable to some midsize sedans. Most modern compact car rivals offer edgy designs, decent quality materials with a cabin stuffed with tech features, the VW Jetta has a traditional and composed design. Lower trims have a lot of hard and shiny plastic along with cloth upholstery. The higher trim will have upgrades such as synthetic leather seats, sport seats, and heated front seats.

Some rivals including Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda 3 offer more attractive, higher-quality, soft-touch interiors. Though the Jetta is comfortable and spacious, it lacks the upscale feel of rivals.

Model 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Mazda 3 2017 Hyundai Elantra
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.2/55.2/41.2 39.1/56.1/42.2 38.6/57.2/42.2 38.8/56.2/42.2
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.6/38.1 37.3/54.9/35.9 37.6/54.4/35.8 37.3/55.3/35.7

The wheelbase of the 2017 Jetta is slightly shorter than the rivals, but VW does a fairly good job as the Jetta has above-average rear room and boot space. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta does not exactly have those premium features but offers standard front seats are 6-way adjustable but manual adjustable instead of power-adjustable and more.

  • 6-way manual front seat adjustments
  • Front bucket seats
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Leatherette seat material
  • Driver seat with manual adjustable lumbar support
  • Split-folding rear seatback
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • Interior air filtration

Infotainment Features

The 2017 Jetta has decent infotainment and technology equipment that is easy to use and straightforward. Standard features include a touch-screen display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. There is a larger available touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and VW's own suite of connected conveniences and services.

Key Highlights: 

  • 4 Total speakers
  • Auxiliary Audio Input and USB with external media control
  • Single USB connection
  • Two 12 volt power outlet
  • Memory card slot
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • External temperature display
  • Trip computer
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay

Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Jetta has a trunk volume of the 15.7-cubic-foot trunk, which is larger than most compact cars. The spacious interior makes the VW Jetta a fine choice, only if you can ignore cheap materials and appreciate loads of elbow room.

Model 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Mazda3 Sport 2017 Hyundai Elantra 
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 15.7 14.9 12.4 14.4

By comparison, the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra are slightly behind the Jetta. The 2017 Jetta has a decent lift-over height and 60/40 split-folding rear bench which allows you to haul larger items.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

7.0/10

"Picture four wheels and four doors around four people. That's what a Jetta looks like." -Car Connection

Just like the minimalistic and sophisticated interior, the 2017 Jetta’s exterior styling favors composed over swooping lines, a big grille, or anything flashy. Volkswagen gives the Jetta a European refinement. The Jetta GLI gets a unique front fascia with a red line running across the grille, red brake calipers, and a small rear spoiler built into the trunk.

Model 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Mazda 3 2017 Hyundai Elantra
Curb weight 2939 lbs. 2,804 lbs. 2,967 lbs. 2,812 lbs.
Length 182.2" 179.5" 180.3" 179.9"
Width 70.0" 70.1" 70.7" 70.9"
Height 56.6" 56.3" 57.3" 56.5"
Ground clearance 5.2" 5.3" 6.1" 5.3"
Wheelbase  104.4" 106.3" 106.3" 106.3"

The Jetta's exterior design looks rectangular, and simple with durable styling cues that could only mean it's a VW. This has some advantages, including good outward visibility. At the rear, a spoiler on the trailing edge of the trunk lid along with LED taillights gives the Jetta a more premium look, perhaps hinting a bit at its Audi A4 big brother. Its curb weight ranges from 2,939 to 3,194 pounds. It is available in five body color options: Deep Black Pearl, Platinum Grey Metallic, Pure White, Silk Blue Metallic, and White Silver Metallic.

Exterior Features

  • Halogen Headlamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Glass Sunroof
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Hands-Free Entry (Finger sensor on door handles)
  • Remote Keyless power door locks
  • Dual steel exhaust pipes
  • Chrome grille
  • LED license plate illumination
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Turn Signal in side mirrors

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Safety

9.1/10

The 2017 Jetta earned a five-star overall safety rating in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA. The IIHS gave the VW Jetta a Top Safety Pick+ designation, the agency's highest award. The sedan earner "Good" rating in all five categories of crashworthiness and an Advanced rating in the front crash prevention and mitigation test.

Every 2017 Jetta comes with a standard rearview camera now. Also, the Driver Assistance package, which is now available on lower trim levels, includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

  • Driver and front passenger, front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system.
  • Front seat safety belt pre-tensioners with load limiters.
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points.
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Engine Brake Assist (EBA).
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), and Hydraulic Brake Assist.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Competition

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Vs 2017 Kia Forte

The 2017 Kia Forte looks flashier and offers a more premium feel, and technology features. This value of money compact car starts at a similar price but as you move higher it gets expensive than rivals. However, the 2017 Forte makes up for in practicality, and ample safety and tech features. Every model comes with an impressive amount of advanced safety features. Also, Kia's warranty is the best in class.

This sedan also has one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in its class. It's comfortable too, with the 2017 refresh adding more style to the spacious interior. It's smart with nimble performance. 

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Vs 2017 Mazda Mazda3

If you're after a fun-to-drive compact sedan with agile handling, the 2017 Mazda 3 ought to be on your list. Available in sedan, and hatchback body styles, this sprightly car has enthusiastic engines, agile handling, and a stable yet comfortable ride.

The interior is upscale as well. If the Jetta interior isn't as plush as you’d like, Mazda 3 is surely going to satisfy your taste buds. Though Mazda 3 offers a smaller trunk than Jetta, it is overall a good deal and a better choice between the two.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Final Verdict

The Volkswagen Jetta is a good car in many ways but nothing stands out for it to be a class leader. Most of the compact car rivals have what Jetta offers, in a better overall package. The VW Jetta is a safe choice if you are looking for an economical sedan with some German tuning. The midlevel SEL trim ups the horsepower without immediately increasing the price tag. The handling isn't engaging but it cruises confidently on the highway. 

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