2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium: Plenty of Elbow Room

Published: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 7:49 PM

2017vwjetta475For 2017, Volkswagen makes the Jetta even more attractive with the addition of driver assistance features, updates to the infotainment system and a USB port instead of the dated cable connection.

The 2017 Jetta is crammed with all sorts of fun stuff that most midsize sedans don’t offer and at a lower price point. But the interior is uninspired with lots of hard plastic materials. The overall feel of the Jetta is that of a well put-together car that can be tailored to sport-lovers or small families.

The Volkswagen Jetta comes in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and GLI. This review will focus on the SEL trim.

2017vwjettadashWith chrome exterior accents, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, six-way power driver seat, cooled glovebox, nav, six-speaker audio system and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, there’s plenty to like about the SEL trim.

A turbocharged 1.8-liter four banger makes the Jetta go with 170 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine is available with a six-speed automatic transmission, which is fine by me, I can drive a stick as well as anyone but sometimes my knee objects. Expect to get 25/city, 35/highway, and 29/combined mpg.

The Jetta welcomes the driver and passengers with a large interior space. There’s plenty of room up front and in the back to accommodate five passengers. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the materials used in the Jetta don’t live up to Volkswagen’s usual standards and there is plenty of hard plastic materials used. But technologically the Jetta has all the bells and whistles and is simple to operate.

Driving is a sheer delight with the turbo engine in the Jetta. There’s nothing that brings a smile to my face like the quick acceleration of a turbo engine.

Want a compact sedan that has plenty of elbow room? Give the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta SEL a test drive.