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2020 Volkswagen Jetta

Original MSRP Range
$18,895 - $30,745
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
25 - 30 MPG City / 32 - 40 MPG Hwy
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2020 Volkswagen Jetta

What We Like

  • Decent value
  • Standard LED lighting
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Generous 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • High-performance GLI is great to drive

What We Don't

  • Middle-of-the-road driving dynamics for non-GLI models
  • GLI lacks active safety features that are offered on basic Jetta
  • Evidence of cost-cutting still exists
  • No more 6-year/72,000-mile warranty for 2020
  • Reliability is still a concern

Overview

What's New in the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta?

After being all-new for 2019, the Jetta carries over with only small changes for 2020. All examples come equipped with in-car Wi-Fi capability and the next-generation of VW's Car-Net telematics system. SEL models gain standard wireless charging and also now come standard with the Cold Weather Package, which includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a heating element to free the windshield wiper from ice, heated washer nozzles and a remote. SEL and SEL Premium models now come standard with 17-in alloy wheels.

GLI Autobahn trims gain standard wireless charging and the DCC adaptive damping suspension for 2020, plus an optional black package that adds black 18-in wheels, a black roof, black mirror caps and a black spoiler. See the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta models for sale near you

Which Jetta is the Best?

If you don't mind rowing your own gears, we think the Jetta S with the Driver-Assistance Package is the way to go. The S has a lot of content and you're out the door for 20 grand. Even if you want and pay for the 8-speed automatic, the S is still a fair deal.

As for the GLI, we're still a bit puzzled by its omission of the active safety features offered on the basic Jetta and this hurts the vehicle's value proposition a little in our eyes. Altogether, the GLI is a less-expensive alternative to the GTI and when compared to the alternatives, it makes for a great sport sedan bargain. We'd probably stick with the base S trim here as well. Find a Volkswagen Jetta for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Cost?

The regular Jetta is offered in four different trim levels. Prices below include a $920 factory delivery fee.

The Jetta S ($19,815) anchors the trim choices with standard equipment including LED daytime running lights/headlights/taillights, 16-in alloy wheels, cloth seats, power outboard mirrors, power locks/windows, air conditioning, auto on/off headlights, six airbags, a backup camera, an automatic post-collision brake system, Bluetooth connectivity, Car-Net App-Connect, a 6.5-in touchscreen, a 4-speaker audio system with a USB port and, new for 2020, in-car Wi-Fi capability if you subscribe to a data plan. The only factory options are heated outboard mirrors and the Driver-Assistance Package with forward-collision warning/automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring with rear-traffic alert.

The SE ($23,565) adds to the S standard features and options with a panoramic power sunroof, 16-in two-tone alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather gearshift knob, a rear-seat center armrest, heated front seats, leatherette seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control and remote keyless entry with push-button start. The only factory option is the Cold Weather Package with a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, remote start, heated windshield wipers and heated washer nozzles.

Adding to the SE, the R-Line ($23,615) includes front fog lights, a gloss-black front grille, black side-mirror caps, a unique rear bumper with dual exhaust ports and 17-in gray alloy wheels. Optional is the Cold Weather Package. The R-Line comes standard with a manual transmission; the automatic is $800 extra.

The SEL ($26,415) loses the fog lights but gains LED projector headlights, a unique set of 17-in wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, 10-color ambient interior lighting, a 400-watt 8-speaker BeatsAudio system with subwoofer, an 8-in touchscreen, two USB ports, wireless charging, a 10.25-in digital cockpit display, satellite radio capability, Car-Net Security & Service, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. The Cold Weather Package is standard on the SEL for 2020.

To the SEL equipment and option package, the SEL Premium ($27,840) adds outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with memory, front sport comfort seats, leather seating, an upgraded 8-in touchscreen and Car-Net Guide & Inform.

On to the GLI, which offers two different trims for 2020. The S ($27,165) is the entry-level trim and comes with a good array of standard features, including automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, a mechanical front differential, different selectable drive modes, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 18-in wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a basic 6.5-in infotainment screen and stainless steel pedal covers. Blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic detection along with automatic emergency braking comes standard.

At the top of the GLI range is the Autobahn ($30,865), which adds items like a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, an 8-in infotainment screen, wireless charging and VW's "Digital Cockpit," which consists of a fully digital gauge cluster that allows for better dissemination of information and notifications along with added configurability. VW's Dynamic Chassis Control suspension damping system comes standard on the Autobahn as well. For an extra $595, GLI Autobahn buyers can opt for the black package, which comes with black 18-in wheels and black mirror caps, a black roof, and a black spoiler.

Either GLI trim comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission; the optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is $800 extra. Summer tires are a no-cost option.

Jetta Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Jetta GLI Autobahn DSG$30,745 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo22825 / 326-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta GLI Autobahn Manual$29,945 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta GLI S DSG$27,045 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo22825 / 326-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta GLI S Manual$26,245 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta R-Line Auto w/ULEV$23,495 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo14730 / 408-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta R-Line Manual w/SULEV$22,695 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo147N/A8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta S Auto w/ULEV$19,695 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo14730 / 406-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta S Manual w/SULEV$18,895 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo147N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta SE Auto w/ULEV$22,645 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo14730 / 408-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta SEL Auto w/ULEV$25,495 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo14730 / 408-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta SEL Premium Auto w/ULEV$27,945 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo14730 / 408-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta a Safe Car?

A backup camera and six airbags, in addition to the usual passive safety systems like ABS and stability control, are standard on all Jettas. Every Jetta grade except the S comes standard with forward-collision warning/automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear-traffic alert. These are part of a $450 option package on the S grade. SEL and SEL Premium models add adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. All Jettas come with a post-collision braking system.

While the redesigned Jetta is available with just about all of the active safety features a buyer could want, Volkswagen, for whatever reason, doesn't make them available on the more premium, more expensive GLI. We suspect that this is to wring an even greater profit margin from the performance trim but nonetheless, the GLI is only offered with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection. Other common active safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams -- all of which are offered on the Jetta -- are unavailable on the GLI.

The redesigned 2019 Jetta earns good crashworthiness scores in all categories of testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but it misses out on a Top Safety Pick+ designation due to low scores for headlights and ease-of-use for the LATCH child safety system.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion7 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles
Maintenance2 Years/Unlimited Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs the competition

2020 Honda Civic -- No discussion of small sedans is complete without mentioning the highly versatile Civic. From fuel efficiency to performance, the Civic offers something for nearly everyone. Sedan, hatchback and coupe versions are offered. The high-performance Si model, available as either a sedan or coupe, comes only with a 6-speed manual.

2020 Mazda3 -- Sporty and fuel efficient, the newly-redesigned Mazda3 is not only fun, but also offers an array of standard features and available technologies. While the new Mazda3 offers a luxury experience and an available hatchback bodystyle, there is no performance variant.

2020 Subaru Impreza -- Offered as either a hatchback or sedan, the Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive. There's also an off-roady Crosstrek version that comes with a more rugged demeanor.

2020 Kia Forte -- Surprisingly roomy, the Forte also scores with its value, user-friendly touchscreen interface, surprising array of available features and solid warranty.

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