2016 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,665 - $22,325
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
42 City / 48 HWY
Horsepower
150-210
Seats
5
Color:  Reflex Silver Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,665 - $22,325
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
42 City / 48 HWY
Horsepower
150-210
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.3 Comfort 4.4 Styling 4.3 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

The 2016 VW Jetta and Jetta GLI sedans deliver European styling and performance in a car priced for the masses. The complete line includes a hybrid model, a trio of fuel-efficient turbocharged gasoline models and one diesel. The Jetta’s available driver-safety and infotainment systems make it a tempting alternative to more generic family sedans.

Volkswagen Jetta Models & Trims

Hybrid SEL Premium Sedan $15,297 - $17,878
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 X 6 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
1.8T SEL Sedan $13,848 - $16,165
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
1.8T Sport Sedan $12,997 - $15,234
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0L TDI S Sedan
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity Sedan
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0L TDI SEL Premium Sedan
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0T GLI SE Sedan $16,730 - $19,659
Horsepower: 210 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
2.0T GLI SEL Sedan $16,242 - $19,099
Horsepower: 210 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
1.4T S Sedan $10,665 - $12,538
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
1.4T S w/Technology Sedan $18,675 - $19,775
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
1.4T SE Sedan $12,889 - $15,130
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
1.4T SE w/Connectivity Sedan $22,325
Horsepower: 150 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
1.8T SEL Premium Sedan $15,185 - $17,622
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.42

180 Reviews

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Tough Skin Keeps You Safe

When I first got it, I loved it. It's comfortable, reliable, and I love how quiet it is when I drive. I enjoy the bluetooth feature also. However, I think I got a lemon because I had lots of problems with the check engine light and some other small things in the car, but the dealer wasn't very helpful in fixing those. I do want to note that I have been hit a few times pretty hard, and the doors are so heavy! Yes, it's annoying to get out because they could swing back at you, but they really keep me safe. My car has suffered very little damage from the accidents. It's built tough.

- Aubrey B

Good vehicle, travel buddy.

Only real complaint I have with my 2016 Jetta sel is it does not perform well in the snow, but I assume that can easily be fixed with different tires, whether they're all season tires or actual snow tires. I really enjoyed the navigation system when I first leased the vehicle but now that traffic flow has changed in places I travel I notice that it is much easier to use the apple play feature and just use the GPS on my phone, which still shows up on the screen. Overall I like the Jetta, and I plan on trading for a newer model but less bells and whistles.

- Adrian C

The 2016 Jetta, comfort and class rolled into one.

The 2016 Jetta is a rather comfortable vehicle and serves as a fantastic daily driver. The gas mileage it gets is fantastic and I fill up once maybe every two weeks and with that the price is far cheaper than my truck. In the specific model that I own the satellite radio and Bluetooth features allow for a great musical variety that lets me not only listen to my own library but discover new music add free. All-in-all this would serve has a great daily driver or even a great first vehicle since it handles very well.

- George W

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$15,297 - $17,878
$13,848 - $16,165

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.4L Hybrid TSI
1.8L l
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Standard
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Not Available

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.2 (in.)
41.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.2 (in.)
38.2 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.1 (in.)
38.1 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 (in.)
37.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
11.3 (cu. ft.)
15.7 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Not Available

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Not Available

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Standard
Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Not Available

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/50HR17
P225/40HR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.4 (in.)
104.4 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.4 (ft.)
36.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
182.8 (in.)
183.3 (in.)

Width

Width
70 (in.)
70 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3411 (.lbs)
3177 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
184 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
Standard
Not Available

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.9 (gal.)
14.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
45 (mpg)
31 (mpg)

City

City
42 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
48 (mpg)
36 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Not Available

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Standard
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Standard
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Standard
Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Standard
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (2)

Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Power Assist > Vacuum Oct 25, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 25, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V705000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf and Golf SportWagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist.
Consequence:
If the camshaft lobe shears off there would be a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen dealer will update the engine control module (ECM) software. The recall began March 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23R1.
Fuel System, Gasoline > Fuel Injection System > Fuel Rail Jun 5, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 5, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V403000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2016 Jetta vehicles manufactured October 31, 2015, to January 21, 2016, 2016 Passat vehicles, equipped with 1.8T engines manufactured November 13, 2015, to December 9, 2015, and 2016 Golf vehicles manufactured November 5, 2015, to November 11, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the fuel rail may detach from the cylinder head and result in a fuel leak.
Consequence:
A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a vehicle fire.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cylinder heads, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 15F7.

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