$15,515 - $16,615
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Base Sedan Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$15,515 - $16,615
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 29-33 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.0L DOHC SMPI I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission -inc: cable shift, clutch starter interlock, hydraulic clutch
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Front electronic differential lock (EDL)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Twin-beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic pressurized gas shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Front disc/rear drum pwr brakes
  • Dual exhaust tips

Exterior Features

  • 15" x 6.0" steel wheels w/covers
  • All-season tires
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Plastic loading edge protection
  • Black grille
  • Dual-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Black manual mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles

Entertainment Features

  • Aux input
  • Window diversity antenna

Interior Features

  • 6-way manual front bucket seats -inc: rear-impact optimized height-adjustable locking head restraints
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: height-adjustable head restraints for all seating positions
  • Cloth seat trim
  • (2) front cup holders
  • Tilt/telescoping 3-spoke steering wheel -inc: theft-deterrent steering column
  • Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip odometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, outside temp, seatbelt reminder, fuel cap seal indicator, warning lights, digital clock, white & red illumination, headlights-on warning tone
  • Pwr windows -inc: front/rear 1-touch auto up/down, pinch protection, key-operated open/close feature
  • Pwr door locks -inc: auto-lock, front/rear central locking controls, auto-unlock upon airbag deployment
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front/rear door storage pockets
  • Cloth door panel inserts
  • Front/rear door panel armrests
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors
  • Assist handles -inc: (2) front, (2) rear
  • Lighting -inc: front center dome light, luggage compartment light
  • Fully carpeted/lined luggage compartment

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual front airbags w/passenger occupant detection
  • Driver & front passenger side thorax airbags
  • Driver & front passenger side curtain airbags
  • 3-point safety belts in all seating positions -inc: emergency locking retractors (ELR), front pretensioners w/load limiters, front height adjustment
  • Rear child door locks
  • Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Trunk escape handle

Options & Packages

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Reviews

211 Reviews
47% 37% 15% < 1% < 1%
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Good on gas.. Looks nice, still.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Base Sedan

I must say I have always loved VW's.. It has been reliable, however in my 4th year the battery died and was not able to use the standard die hard, and thus was a bit more expensive to replace. . Another issue...The following year I noticed an issue with the ignition. I experienced the key getting stuck. A major problem because I couldn't get the key to turn and thus it would not turn off! I had to leave my key in the ignition for hours. Fortunately, I was able to get it to a dealer (as this was a 'dealer only' repair)...But even more amazing the job cost $700!! A year later the motor for the windshield wipers no longer works, and back brakes are needed.

- Barbara P

Solid vehicle worth the repair expenses.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Base Sedan

Primary issue is cost of repairs. While maintenance problems rarely occur, they usually are severe enough to cost over $500 dollars per repair visit. For the 2012 jetta, primary issue has been quality of engine which has resulted in two repairs not covered by warranty leading to around $2000 in out of pocket costs. In terms of benefits, it is a safe, reliable car that did not break the bank in purchasing.

- Joseph D

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