"The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE is an amenable car with enough extras to keep you comfortable, but it doesn't strike much of an emotional chord with me," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out the review for more.
Cars.com photo by Kristin Varela
The 2014 New York International Auto Show continues this week with a bevy of new models atop revolving pedestals. However, while many updates, like the new Nissan Murano, were certainly easy to notice others were not.
Three popular compact sedans in terms of sales received tweaks for the 2015 model year and were introduced in New York. Their updates, however, are harder to spot. We're unsure if any of them received enough attention from their respective automakers to register with folks attending the show.
What do you think? Check out the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, 2015 Ford Focus and 2015 Volkswagen Jetta and let us know which one looks most like a "new" model in our survey below.
The Problem: The O-ring seals between the oil cooler and transmission may leak fluid, which could contact a hot surface and result in a fire. The automaker said it is not aware of any fires, injuries or accidents attributed to this issue.
The Fix: Volkswagen began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the O-ring in the transmission oil cooler for free. On April 9, the automaker issued a mandatory stop-sale order on all of the affected models manufactured between Feb. 1, 2014, and now.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.
With the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen concept, now bowing at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the German automaker heralds the all-wheel-drive diesel hatchback as a "bigger, more spacious, and more fuel-efficient replacement for the Jetta SportWagen." The concept is 1.1 inches longer, 0.7 inches wider and 0.9 inches lower than the current Jetta SportWagen, and the wheels are 1.7 inches farther forward.
On the front end, the hood slopes down into the front fenders instead of the fender peaks being higher than the hood, in addition to a more angular horizontal design and slender grille, VW says. In the rear is a clean surface around the VW badge, a wider rear window and geometric taillights.
Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Competes with: Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla
Looks like: We'll need stronger glasses to notice the changes
Drivetrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder/electric hybrid, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014
There may not be much new to see when evaluating the updated 2015 Volkswagen Jetta, but there has been a lot of work under the hood and on the option list. VW will showcase the upgraded sedan this week during the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
The Jetta trim lineup also remains the same with the base car, a GLI high-performance model, hybrid and TDI diesel.
The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta is a lot of car for not a lot of money. My test car, the Jetta GLI, and its $25,075 price tag reminded me that my family and I don't need a whole lot of razzle-dazzle in a car to be happy.
That's not to say the Jetta GLI doesn't have a few things to keep life interesting. With its 210-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and standard six-speed manual transmission, I zipped around all day long and enjoyed almost every minute of it. This engine and transmission pairing thrilled me with a fun driving experience and kept me from noticing the features that were missing in this compact sedan.
With the manual transmission, the Jetta GLI gets an EPA-estimated 23/33/26 mpg city/highway/combined. If you step up to the optional dual-clutch automatic transmission, the fuel economy drops to 23/29/25 mpg. The Jetta GLI uses premium gasoline.
Volkswagen's high-performance Jetta GLI has been around since 1984 when Volkswagen swapped go-fast goodies from its GTI cars into the Jetta body. To commemorate 30 years, Volkswagen is introducing an Edition 30 package on the 2014 GLI in early 2014.
Today's GLI features a 210-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 120 more ponies than the original's 90 hp. A sports suspension, 17- or 18-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, six-speed manual transmission and available six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission make up the remainder of the GLI's sports package. Sports seats and sports pedals decorate the interior.
Vehicles Affected: About 3,837 model-year 2013-2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid sedans manufactured between October 2012 and October 2013 equipped with a dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The Problem: Due to gearbox fluid additives, internal components of the gearbox may corrode and the resulting deposits may cause an electrical short and result in a stall-like condition. Sudden loss of power while driving increases the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Volkswagen began notifying owners Dec. 6; dealers will replace the gearbox oil with a non-corrosive version for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
In July we told you about the changes coming to the 2014 Jetta lineup. The most important update is a new 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that replaces the 2.5-liter on SE and SEL models.
We now have EPA-rated mileage for the new engine and pricing for the full 2014 line, which is currently on sale alongside remaining 2013s.
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