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.
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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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.
The Jetta is a very likeable and very capable compact saloon, and this version is an affordable option for high-mileage drivers.