2018 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition: Value Added

Published: Monday, March 26, 2018 | 5:54 PM

2018vwjetta475As a compact sedan the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is competent if not exciting. It has all the ingredients: turbocharged engine, a nice drive, pleasant interior, and decent handling but put all together it fails to get the heart racing.

For 2018 the Jetta gets few changes. Two new trim levels have been added: the Wolfsburg Edition and SE Sport trims. It also has a new smile with a chrome grille. The most notable edition is the new 6-year, 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that doubles last year’s coverage. It’s also transferable to new owners.

Available in six trims: S, Wolfsburg Edition, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and GLI, this review will focus on the Wolfsburg Edition.

2018vwjettainteriorThe Wolfburg trim comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, GLI bumpers, a leather shift knob and hand brake, black side mirror covers, and a Wolfsburg badge in the B-pillar. Also standard are 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows, locks and mirrors, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen audio system with a single USB input and four speakers.

Powering the Jetta is a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-banger that produces 150 horses and 184 lb-ft of torque. My model was equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that shifted through the gears smoothly. Expect to get 28/city, 38/highway, and 32/combined mpg.

The interior has a clean, sleek look in line with its European roots. Front passenger space is plentiful as is backseat passenger room. The five-inch touchscreen is a bit on the small side, but controls are intuitive and easy to use. At almost 16 cubic feet, the trunk is large enough to accommodate plenty of stuff and the 60/40 split backseat helps with the longer stuff.

The Jetta doesn’t suffer from lack of get up and go. With its turbocharged engine, acceleration is swift and the optional 6-speed automatic transmission equipped on my model changes gears effortlessly.

For a compact car with the space and feel of a larger car, consider test driving the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition a test drive.