2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Reviews and Ratings

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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This sedan has a solid engine and sticks to the road like glue. With a roomy backseat, it fits extra company comfortably and drives beautifully. The suspension has a good balance between sport and comfort and the manual transmission is well tuned.


The GLI edition is set at a relatively high price point. And although the infotainment system is new to VW, it feels outdated and not as user-friendly as some of its competitors.

What's new for 2014

The 2014 GLI edition has increased horsepower that you can really feel on the road. They have a new telematics system called Car-Net and have introduced an all-new Edition 30 trim level.

Exterior Impressions

2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is at the top of the Jetta line with Edition 30 and Autobahn trim levels. It has a clean, yet very sharp, bold and sporty design. The tightness of its panels and materials felt like they had good quality, but were nothing to write home about.

Exterior Features

The GLI edition has 17 x 7.0 inch alloy wheels and all season tires that come with the vehicle. It also has heated windshield-washer nozzles and a rear defogger.

Exterior Summary
Interior Impressions

The look of the revised gauge cluster and the addition of the classy black trim is impressive. The telematics interface is a little outdated and difficult to use and the touch-screen has a substantial delay. The steering wheel control features are very helpful. Sound quality is great with the Premium audio system by Fender. Seating comes standard with five cloth-upholstered seats that are good quality, but leather is also an option upon purchase. The Jetta GLI is very roomy and comfortable in both the front and back seats with plenty of legroom.

Interior Features

The sedan is equipped with phone connectivity via Bluetooth, cruise control and stereo with four speakers as well as heated mirrors. Features that can be added are VW's new Car-Net telematics system, an audio system by Fender, rearview camera, a touch-screen audio system with satellite radio, navigation, climate control and a sun roof.

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Driving Impressions

The Jetta's GLI responsiveness, acceleration and power are incredibly impressive. It handles well in all conditions with a swift shift feel and is quiet even at high speeds. It is a fun sedan to zip around town in and great for all age ranges.

MPG Experienced

22 under normal driving conditions

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J.D. Power Rating
Overall Quality 3 / 5
Overall Quality - Mechanical
3 / 5
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical
3 / 5
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical
3 / 5
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical
3 / 5
Overall Quality - Design
3 / 5
Powertrain Quality - Design
2 / 5
Body & Interior Quality - Design
4 / 5
Features & Accessories Quality - Design
3 / 5

Overall Dependability 3 / 5
Powertrain Dependability
3 / 5
Body & Interior Dependability
4 / 5
Feature & Accessory Dependability
3 / 5
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J.D. Power Rating Legend
Among the Best
5 / 5
Better than Most
4 / 5
About Average
3 / 5
The Rest
2 / 5

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