The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta is VW’s offering for a compact sedan and with a huge range of options, packages and engines there’s a Jetta for any driver. Being quite spacious for a compact sedan, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta should almost be classified as a mid size sedan. At first glance, one might think of the exterior as conservative, but upon further consideration the sleek and understated lines begin to be noticed and appreciated. The interior is well thought out with ideal placement of controls and a high quality of build with tight seams. With a broad spectrum of available Jettas from the modestly adorned entry level, to the consumption-savvy turbo hybrids and diesels, it is surely a model that will please most drivers.
We had the pleasure of driving the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T, which is equipped with the new 1.8 L Turbo charged four banger, which is vast improvement over the previous 2.5 L five cylinder engine. One step up from the base model 2.0L 115 hp engine, this new engine has more pep, more power at hand and a more responsive acceleration. The new 1.8L Turbo engine is indeed a welcomed change that may swing many buyers back to the VW brand.
This new smooth, quiet and peppy engine is paired with a five speed manual or six speed automatic transmission to output 170 horsepower with a listed gas consumption of 8.2 L/100km in the city and 5.6 L/100km on the highway.
A simple yet well designed interior awaits the driver with a variety of materials depending on the trim level you opt for. Base models sport a bit more plastic unless you opt for one of the better trim levels. Even still, Volkswagen is miles ahead of the competition for providing a high level of build quality and good mix of materials. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T that we review was outfitted with a nice white leather, giving the interior a bright, open and clean look. The simple yet well designed dash has the controls in all the right places, red led lighting for night time driving and an intuitive and easy to use touch screen to control to control audio, settings and optional navigation. The interior is incredibly spacious for both front and rear passengers, which is why some might be inclined to consider the Jetta a mid-size instead of compact car.
The quality of build, German engineered design and the new 1.8L turbo engine are the best reasons for you to consider a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta as your next vehicle. The modest yet understated lines of the exterior and the bright and roomy interior will be timeless and outlast any of the current trends of hard, aggressive exterior lines and overdone interiors. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T is smart and classy car that’s a pleasure to drive.