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For The Volkswagen Jetta is an elegant, neatly proportioned saloon that’s well built and attractively priced. It has plenty of cabin space and a deceptively large boot.

Against Traditionally, the Jetta has been unloved by hatchback-mad UK buyers, so its resale values are nothing special – that’s unusual for a Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Jetta Saloon
33 5stars

A very likeable, very capable, compact saloon, the VW Jetta is designed to appeal to those looking to downsize from larger family cars.

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There are 9 Volkswagen Jetta versions available

Saloon 1.4 TSI 122 S 4dr £18,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TSI 122 SE 4dr £19,375
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 BMT S 4dr £19,530
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TSI 160 SE 4dr £20,675
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 BMT SE 4dr £20,810
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 140 SE 4dr £21,285
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 BMT Sport 4dr £21,465
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.4 TSI 160 Sport 4dr £21,580
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 4dr £22,190
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Traditionally, hatchback-obsessed UK buyers have avoided the VW Jetta like the plague. On average, after three years, the previous model was worth about 7% less than the equivalent Golf it was based on. In the case of some of the more powerful diesel models, the difference was as much as 10%.

Obviously, this made the Jetta a bit of a used bargain, but that was scant consolation to new-car buyers. However, the latest Jetta may well buck that trend.

For a start, it no longer looks like a Golf with a boot grafted on. Styled from the ground up as a bespoke model, it’s now a well-proportioned, spacious and elegant saloon.

We’d recommend you go for the 103bhp 1.6TDi with BlueMotion trim. Featuring stop-start and battery regeneration, it’s capable of 67.3mpg on the combined cycle. It's a pretty willing performer too, offering plenty of pace and strong mid-range overtaking punch. Crucially, it will hold onto its value better than any other model in the line up.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Jetta Saloon 1.6 TDI 105 BMT SE 4dr

Company car driver. Having owned a Passat previously was looking forward to the Jetta. How wrong was I. Each of these issues will seem trivial by…

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