British buyers prefer hatchbacks to small saloons, so the Jetta loses value faster than a Golf. The small-capacity petrol and diesel engines give decent fuel economy, and low tax groups make them attractive as company cars. Servicing and insurance costs, and contract hire rates are respectable, too. To further ease running costs, if you buy any Volkswagen before 31 March 2011, you can get three years' servicing for a one-off payment of just £299.
Volkswagen Jetta quality & reliability
Jetta buyers can expect the same high standards as buyers of any small Volkswagen. Everything looks good and feels nice, although one or two surfaces do spoil things by looking a little too functional. The mechanicals are proven, and owners reported very few problems in the 2010 JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Volkswagen Jetta safety & security
All cars come with six airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control as standard. There are also active front head restraints to minimise whiplash injuries. Every model has deadlocks and SE and above get an alarm.