After an upgrade to the base engine last year, could anything get better for the 2017 model year? Though the attractive and compact 2017 Volkswagen Jetta in Morris County NJ was not up for a redesign, your favorite German automaker did switch things up when it comes to trim levels. You’ll see the efficient Hybrid and the attractive Sport options are both taking a breather as they’ve been cut by the lineup, simplifying the trim hierarchy to just the S, SE, GLI SE, SEL and SEL Premium.
In this case, simple means better as VW put the focus on safety and features for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. Under the hood are three engine options: 1.4T, 1.8T and 2.0T. You’ll note each is turbocharged for the best mix of economy and power, while keeping the model affordable. Paired with the base engine is either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic upgrade with Tiptronic and Sport driving modes, with the GLI SE offering upgrading transmission options.
Standard features like power windows and locks and cruise control have become the norm, which is why VW aims to do better. In the base Jetta you’ll find things like Bluetooth connectivity, 4-corner independent suspension, LED DRLs, a touchscreen infotainment system and a rearview camera.
There are three engine options for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, starting with the 150-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo 4. A 1.8-liter upgrade boost the horsepower up to 170, while the 2.0-liter found in the GLI SE offers up an astounding 210 horsepower, allowing comparable figures to the popular Golf GTI.
A great compact car offers a small size for easy maneuverability, but enough room to comfortably seat all passengers and pack away some groceries. The Jetta offers up 94.1 cubic feet of passenger space and seats five, while still having a total of 15.7 cubic feet of space when you pop the trunk.
Why choose the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta?
There are plenty of compact cars on the market, with virtually every automaker tossing its design into the ring. Why should you pick the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta over all the other options out there? One clear reason is the previously mentioned engine options. Starting with the base engine, the model delivers up 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is plenty for most segments, but provides quite a lot of oomph compared to most competitors. For the extra power, the Jetta doesn’t struggle with fuel economy, earning an EPA-estimated 28 city and 40 highway mpg rating for the base model with manual transmission using regular gasoline.
In addition to rearranging the trim levels, Volkswagen focused on adding more value to the ones that remain. This means standard features have increased, adding on a rearview camera to the S trim as well as LED DRLs, 16-inch steel wheels and two-tone upholstery. Higher trims receive more driver assistance features, including everything from Blind Spot Monitor in the SE to Forward Collison Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control in the SEL.
Why choose the Jetta? Because the model is just as attractive as it has always been, while receiving more features to make it safer and easier to drive. Find out for yourself when you schedule a test drive online and stop by Trend Motors.