VOLKSWAGEN JETTA

Volkswagen Jetta

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How much does the Volkswagen Jetta cost to run?

The 1.6L diesel is the most economical Volkswagen Jetta to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Volkswagen Jetta 1.6L diesel costs £20.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band B.

It does just over 67 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 308 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Audi A3 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 11, which is lower than the Citroen C4 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Ford Focus 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Honda Civic has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.6L diesel1.9L diesel2.0L diesel
mpg58.9 - 67.353.348.7 - 58.9
emissions109 - 130139126 - 156
tax£125.00 - £20.00£145.00£125.00 - £200.00
insuranceGroup 11 - 15Group 14Group 17 - 26

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Volkswagen Jetta: How big is the boot?

The Volkswagen Jetta has an above average boot space (519 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 3 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 4 large bags or 4 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 308 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 810 litres.

Is the Volkswagen Jetta easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Skoda Rapid), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill three quarters of the space.

When it comes to parking on the street, the Jetta is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 11m, and a length of 4599m, giving you a relatively small 201mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Suzuki Baleno.

Which Volkswagen Jetta has the best performance?

The fastest Volkswagen Jetta from 0-60, is the 2.0L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 320 lbs/ft torque and 140 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 9.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4L petrol, which will beat your Volkswagen Jetta to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.6L diesel2.0L diesel
zeroTo6211.79.5
torque250320
bhp105140

What size caravan or trailer, can the Volkswagen Jetta tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L diesel which has 320 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.