Wednesday, June 19, 2013
2013 Volkswagen Jetta: Fun, Fuel Efficient, But Will it Hold Up?
The Volkswagen Jetta has a long and uneven history as a small sedan. It has been known as fun to drive and pretty frugal when it comes to fuel consumption. It’s also been known to have numerous quality and reliability issues.
In recent years, VW has tried to address those problems, while still creating a stylish and energetic car for those who want to drive something sporty, but want practicality and a reasonable price tag.
The latest model, the 2013 Jetta, seems to hit those marks, and while it’s way too soon to speak to its reliability, it is fair to say that VW has done slightly better in most quality surveys over the past few years. It still has some work to do, though.
The Jetta comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 115 horsepower, or a 2.5-liter five-cylinder that makes 170 ponies. But our tester had the third option, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 140 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque. The gas engines are mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel has a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic.