Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2024 Volkswagen Jetta S: The Brand’s Affordable Entry-Level Compact Sedan

Highlight:  This is one of the most affordable vehicles available today for consumers to purchase.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $22,585 

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; AWD; an auto dimming rearview mirror; a lane assist keeping system; a stability control system; a rearview camera; a hill hold control system; a radar activated cruise control system; a forward collision assist system; an active blind spot monitor; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (S): 16-inch wheels; front wheel drive; a manual transmission; a leather wrapped steering wheel; heated foldable side mirrors; cloth seats; manual adjusted front seats; split folding rear seats; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a manual adjustable climate control system; a 6-inch infotainment screen system

Options: none





Jetta GTI

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: an AM/FM

Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard

USB Connectivity: Standard

Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles

Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles

Standard Horsepower: 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder/158-horsepower

Mileage: 29-city/42-hwy

What’s New: A new 40th anniversary GLI is available. 

Why (Test Model):



Phenomenal miles per gallon

A host of standard safety driving aids

A manual transmission (an automatic is available too)

Easy-to-use infotainment

Great visibility

Stylish design

Maintenance included for 2 years

And above average new-vehicle warranty

A radar activated cruise control system

A well thought-out layout for the instrument panel; its clean and modern

Wireless charging device

An automatic brake hold feature

A variety of trims available


Only one powertrain available on the Jetta

No sliding or adjustable center armrest

Powertrain warranty falls short of some of its competitors

No AWD available

No hybrid powertrain available

Verdict:  With only 8 cars on the market today priced under $25,000, the 2024 Jetta, the brand’s entry-level vehicles fall within the criteria. The sporty looking four door sedan is only available in a front wheel drive configuration \.

In fact, the roomy compact Jetta S, which we reviewed, is literally a dinosaur being that its one of the few vehicles outfitted with a fun-to-drive manual shifter. For us, the manual transmission enhanced the driving experience. However, for those seeking an automatic transmission, it will cost an extra $800.

Surprisingly, the smooth riding Jetta has a high level of standard driver’s aids, helping to reduce accidents. While the Jetta only offers one powertrain, which is more than adequate, buyers seeking more performance with a dash of athleticism can step up to the Jetta GLI.

Competition: Honda Civic; Hyundai Elantra; Kia Forte; Nissan Sentra; and Toyota Corolla

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