INTRO: For 2012, Volkswagen carries over its Jetta sedan, maintaining the economy, amenities and sharp styling that keep the 5-passenger compact popular. Trims for the Jetta are Base S, SE, SEL and the rang-topping TDI.
FEATURES: Standard convenience features include power windows and outside temperature display. SE and higher trims receive reading and vanity mirror lights. SEL and TDI models get push button start and heated front seats.
PERFORMANCE: A 115 horsepower 2-liter inline-4 cylinder engine powers the Base and S trims, while SE and SEL models get a 170 horsepower 2.5-liter inline-5. Power is sent to the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The TDI uses a 2-liter turbodiesel inline-4 sending 140 horsepower to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed direct-shift gearbox.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is $15,365. A TDI model with the direct shift gearbox starts at $23,625. The Jetta is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: For those who crave German engineering, clean design and essential conveniences, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, does not disappoint.