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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Despite being lighter than the previous model, Volkswagen claims that this version is actually safer, although it hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP. Buyers get six airbags as standard including driver and front passenger, side airbags in the front and curtain airbags in the front and rear. Stability control is standard and comes with trailer stabilisation and counter-steering support which helps to keep the car in a straight line when breaking heavily.

It also gets ABS, anti-slip regulation (ASR) and electronic locking differential (EDS).

Despite the boot space being slightly smaller than its predecessor at 510 litres (the previous generation Jetta had 527 litres), it still has a huge amount of load-lugging space and is only 55 litres off the Passat Saloon. Bearing this in mind the Jetta makes absolute sense as a cheaper alternative to the larger saloon. The rear seats split 60:40 to make things even more practical.

However, the centre seat belt is attached to a bar behind the rear seats. This means it can’t be moved and could get in the way of larger items that you try to place in the back. As before there is plenty of stowage space available with generously sized door pockets and decent sized storage in the armrest in the front.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Jetta (11-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
GT optional equipment
None available

Limited Edition equipment

Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Jetta (11-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2011
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 94%
Child Occupant: 86%
Pedestrian: 56%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.