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Volkswagen’s best-selling model in the United States gets an all-new powertrain for 2017. The previous 2.0-liter 4-cylinder has been replaced by a superb and effortless 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder direct-injection engine. The front-wheel-drive Jetta belts out 150 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 184 pounds-feet of torque at 1400 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual or the 6-speed auto. An independent strut-type front and a multilink rear suspension provide a delightfully lively outing while calmly absorbing bumps. The electro-mechanical speed-sensitive power steering is quick and communicative to result in a positive on-center response.
Ensconced on the unitary structure are three cross fins in the radiator grille that meet up with halogen headlights. The 6.3-inch touch interface for audio, nav, phone controls has been revamped for the better. The infotainment now integrates Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto smartphone apps as well as VW Car-Net. As always, readings on the driver information center between the round speedometer and tachometer gauges are large, eligible and perfectly located. Have tall folks in the family? No reason to worry. The manual front seats are height adjustable. Go ahead and load up those suitcases and golf bags in the cavernous trunk, which flaunts 15.7 cubic feet of space. And passenger capacity opens up to a remarkable 94.1 cubic feet. Other standard amenities include manual a/c, 60/40 fold rear seat, cloth seats, tilt/telescopic flat-bottomed steering column, cruise control, push-button start and overhead sunglass holder.
With a fresh and more-than-welcome powertrain, the Jetta becomes an even more attractive proposition for small-car buyers. Indeed, this compact sedan is a splendid combination of thrift, practicality and fun to drive.

Tires: 205/55R16
Wheelbase: 104.4 inches
Length: 183.3 inches
Weight: 3,025 pounds
Fuel capacity: 14.5 gallons
City: 28 mpg
Highway: 39 mpg
Base price: $20,095
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