2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan  -  $16,285


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $16,285
Base Invoice: $15,664
Destination Charge: $770
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Manual Base
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 28 | City: 24 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: 4dr Manual Base Sedan
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L DOHC SMPI I4 engine

Pros

Affordability; excellent fit and finish; good handling and braking; TDI fuel economy


Model Highlights

Volkswagen redesigned the popular Jetta for 2011, and it returns relatively unchanged for 2012. The sixth-generation sedan features larger dimensions inside and out, and there's plenty to like.

The Jetta is offered in five trim levels, with four different powerplants. The base model is the S, which offers a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that makes 115 hp. SE and SEL models are powered by a 170-hp 2.5L 5-cylinder. TDI Jettas come with Volkswagen's proven 2.0L direct-injection turbodiesel, which is good for 140 hp and 236 ft-lb of torque and 42 mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on S, SE and SEL models, while a 6-speed automatic is optional. A 6-speed manual is standard on the TDI, and Volkswagen's slick dual-clutch automatic manual 6-speed is optional.

To better compete with the pricing of compacts that come from Japan, Volkswagen trimmed some items that had previously been standard. For instance, rather than outfitting the Jetta with 4-wheel disc brakes, SE and SEL models have rear drums. Volkswagen also simplified the options list, with 18 equipment combinations available.

S models come equipped with standard goodies such as heated power side mirrors, one-touch up/down power on all four windows, an AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 playback, 6-way manual adjustment, air conditioning and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. Jetta SE adds V-Tex leatherette seating, an armrest and pass-through for the rear seat and cruise control. SEL trims bring 17-inch alloy wheels, bumper-integrated halogen fog lights, chrome accents, touch-screen navigation, Bluetooth, heated front seats, interior leather accents and a multi-function trip computer.

Packaged convenience options for the SE add many of the premium features of the SEL, including heated seats, a premium audio system, and Bluetooth, while a sunroof package includes an even more robust touch-screen stereo system with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer and SD memory card reader, plus a tinted power sunroof. The sunroof is available on the SEL as well, as is a sport package that adds a specially tuned suspension, sport seats, and aluminum trim on the pedals and door trim.

Standard safety equipment on all Jettas includes anti-lock brakes, driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbags, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control and engine braking assist.


Model News

Following a redesign in 2011, the Jetta sedan sees few changes for 2012.


Value Writeup

In 2011, Volkswagen revised the Jetta's packaging to better compete with the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla. Previously, price kept it just out of reach of potential buyers of the competition, but with an attractive redesign, Volkswagen also reconsidered options packaging and the Jetta's price level. Now, buyers can get a premium German sedan at an entry-level price, with fit and finish similar to that on cars that cost two and three times as much.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5

EPA Classification
Compact Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
348.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
24 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
28 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
478.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/121

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
115 @ 5200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 4000

Trans Type
5

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.88

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.18

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.93

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.7 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
94.1 ft³

Front Head Room
38.2 in

Front Leg Room
41.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.2 in

Second Head Room
37.1 in

Second Leg Room
38.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.6 in

Wheelbase
104.4 in

Length, Overall
182.2 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.0 in

Height, Overall
57.2 in

Track Width, Front
60.7 in

Track Width, Rear
60.6 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.5 in

Trunk Volume
15.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2804 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
McPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size
195/65HR15

Rear Tire Size
195/65HR15

Front Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
36.4 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.0 x 0.9 in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Rear Drum Diam x Width
9.1 x 1.3 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
12

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Years
3

Maintenance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Note
Carefree Maintenance Program

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
11V490000

Mfg's Report Date
SEP 30, 2011

Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

Potential Number of Units Affected
168,275

Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL 2009-2012 JETTA AND JETTA SPORTWAGEN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2008 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 AUDI A3 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH A 2.0L TDI COMMON RAIL DIESEL ENGINE/CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE. THE FUEL INJECTION PULSES COULD COINCIDE WITH THE NATURAL FREQUENCY OF THE INJECTOR LINE #2, IN SPECIFIC LOAD AND RPM CONDITIONS. THIS RESONANCE CREATES ADDITIONAL STRESS IN THE FUEL LINE.

Consequence
DUE TO THE RESONANCE CONDITION, INJECTOR LINE NUMBER 2 COULD DEVELOP SMALL CRACKS WHICH COULD LEAD TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.

VOLKSWAGEN WILL INSTALL AN IMPROVED FUEL INJECTOR LINE FOR THE NUMBER 2 CYLINDER AND WILL INSTALL VIBRATION DAMPERS ON ALL OF THE INJECTOR LINES. VOLKSWAGEN AND AUDI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS TO HAVE THE VEHICLES REPAIRED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

VOLKSWAGEN RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 23J9/V5. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V078000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 10, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
658,303

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. Volkswagen issued an interim notification to owners on April 12, 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V483000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 04, 2015

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
415,825

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.

Consequence
A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V656000

Mfg's Report Date
OCT 20, 2014

Component
SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected
442,066

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 1, 2010, to November 30, 2012, and 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles manufactured March 1, 2011, to July 31, 2013. The durability of the rear trailing arms may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms have been previously deformed, such as a result of a rear or side-rear impact crash.

Consequence
The reduced durability of the trailing arm may result in its sudden fracture, possibly causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a sheet metal inlay on the rear axle trailing arms designed to prevent a sudden loss of control in the event of trailing arm sudden fracture, free of charge. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in November 2014 and will be mailed a second letter when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
11E036000

Mfg's Report Date
SEP 07, 2011

Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected
99,322

Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST TIPS, PART NUMBER 1K0 071 910 U, SOLD AS ACCESSORY EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 JETTA SEDAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 18, 2010, THROUGH AUGUST 22, 2011. THESE EXHAUST TIPS MAY EXTEND BEYOND THE ORIGINAL LENGTH OF THE FACTORY-INSTALLED EXHAUST PIPES. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR INADVERTENT CONTACT TO OCCUR WITH A PERSON'S LEG.

Consequence
IF THE TAILPIPE EXTENSION IS HOT DURING INADVERTENT CONTACT, A BURN COULD OCCUR.

DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST TIPS AS NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

VOLKSWAGEN'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 26G9/V4. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
12.1%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

2.0L DOHC SMPI I4 engine

5-speed manual transmission -inc: cable shift, clutch starter interlock, hydraulic clutch

Front electronic differential lock (EDL)

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Twin-beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic pressurized gas shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering

Front disc/rear drum pwr brakes

Dual exhaust tips

15" x 6.0" steel wheels w/covers

All-season tires

Body-color bumpers

Plastic loading edge protection

Black grille

Dual-reflector halogen headlamps

Black manual mirrors

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

Aux input

Window diversity antenna

6-way manual front bucket seats -inc: rear-impact optimized height-adjustable locking head restraints

60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: height-adjustable head restraints for all seating positions

Cloth seat trim

(2) front cup holders

Tilt/telescoping 3-spoke steering wheel -inc: theft-deterrent steering column

Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip odometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, outside temp, seatbelt reminder, fuel cap seal indicator, warning lights, digital clock, white & red illumination, headlights-on warning tone

Pwr windows -inc: front/rear 1-touch auto up/down, pinch protection, key-operated open/close feature

Pwr door locks -inc: auto-lock, front/rear central locking controls, auto-unlock upon airbag deployment

Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Rear window defroster

Front/rear door storage pockets

Cloth door panel inserts

Front/rear door panel armrests

Dual visor vanity mirrors

Assist handles -inc: (2) front, (2) rear

Lighting -inc: front center dome light, luggage compartment light

Fully carpeted/lined luggage compartment

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Electronic stability control (ESC)

Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams

Daytime running lights

Dual front airbags w/passenger occupant detection

Driver & front passenger side thorax airbags

Driver & front passenger side curtain airbags

3-point safety belts in all seating positions -inc: emergency locking retractors (ELR), front pretensioners w/load limiters, front height adjustment

Rear child door locks

Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Trunk escape handle

 
BLACK
$0

 
PLATINUM GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
REFLEX SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
CANDY WHITE
$0

 
WHITE GOLD METALLIC
$0

 
MOONROCK SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
TORNADO RED
$0

 
TEMPEST BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
TOFFEE BROWN METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
TITAN BLACK, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
LATTE MACCHIATO, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
GROUND EFFECTS KIT
$1,950

 
GROUND EFFECTS KIT W/EXHAUST TIPS
$1,999

 
PROTECTION KIT
$430

 
16" STEEL WHEELS
$100

 
18" SPORT "GOAL" SILVER ALLOY WHEELS
$1,549

 
JETTA LIP SPOILER
$375

 
CHROME EXHAUST TIPS
$160

 
(4) SPLASH GUARDS
$220

 
RUBBER MAT KIT
$235

 
CARPETED MAT KIT
$235

 
BASIC ALARM RETROFIT
$325

 
STAINLESS STEEL DOOR SILLS
$240

 
LUGGAGE NET
$140

 
FIRST AID KIT
$35


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