The Jetta sedan offers four different engines, a 150-hp 1.4-liter gas turbo four-cylinder, a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo gas four-cylinder, a 150-hp 2.0L TDI clean-diesel four-cylinder for those looking for maximum fuel economy, and a 210-hp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder in the GLI. Buyers that go with either gas engine can choose between a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic; while TDI and GLI buyers select from either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed DSG auto with Tiptronic. All Jetta's are standard with safety features such as six air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring, brake assist, seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and head restraints at all seating positions. Front and rear parking sensors and blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert are also available on some trims. To set the GLI apart, it includes sport bumpers and side skirts, tinted taillights, red brake calipers and 18-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, heated seats and a Fender premium sound system.
For 2016, a new 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine replaces the old 2.0-liter as the base engine. Also for 2016, new touchscreen infotainment units have been introduced to all trim levels.