Recall Alert: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat


Vehicles Affected: About 26,452 model-year 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Passat cars equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo engine and torque converter automatic transmission.

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 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Concept Photo Gallery (27 Photos)


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.

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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; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen Jetta: First Look


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.

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The Jetta trim lineup also remains the same with the base car, a GLI high-performance model, hybrid and TDI diesel.

By David Thomas | April 14, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Volkswagen Jetta: Family Review Checklist


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.

By Sara Lacey | December 20, 2013 | Comments (2)

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Celebrates 30 Years With Special Edition


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.

By Joe Bruzek | December 20, 2013 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid


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 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 13, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Mileage and Pricing Update


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.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen to Offer New Diesel Engine


Come late 2014, the Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta will offer a new turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that could get as high as 46 mpg highway in EPA figures. Final numbers are still pending, but Volkswagen announced that its new turbo-diesel four-cylinder — dubbed EA288 — will replace the existing turbo-diesel four-cylinder (shown above) in TDI versions of all four 2015 models.

Volkswagen notes that it has sold more than 47,000 diesel cars in the U.S. year to date, which represents more than three-fourths of all diesels sold here.

The engine has similarities to its predecessor — turbocharging and direct injection — and it should have the same 2.0-liter displacement, spokesman Mark Gillies told us. Beyond that, Volkswagen says it has a slew of new features, including better exhaust-gas treatment, numerous friction reductions and integration of the intercooler with the engine’s intake manifold. If that’s all Greek to you, VW says the end result should improve gas mileage and sharpen accelerator response. The new diesels also have slightly more oomph: 150 horsepower versus the outgoing TDI’s 140 hp. Torque remains the same, with a diesel-appropriate 236 pounds-feet.

By Kelsey Mays | August 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

Is there a Small, Fun-to-Drive Wagon?

My perfect car is a small wagon, 3,000 pounds tops, with a four-cylinder engine good for 180 to 200 horsepower and great road ability. I love spirited driving but want the wagon's capabilities. Any suggestions?

Lou, Pittsburgh


The wagon body style is fading away as more automakers offer sporty hatchbacks and continue to add to the seemingly endless list of car-based crossover SUVs. Some of the few choices in a smaller wagon that we find enjoyable to drive are the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, available with a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter gasoline engine or a 140-hp 2.0-liter diesel engine, and the Acura TSX Sport Wagon, which uses a 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. If you can spend $40,000 or more, there are the BMW 328 and Cadillac CTS wagons.

If you're willing to include hatchbacks (which are almost wagons) on your shopping list, you will have several other options. Among them are the Audi A3 and Volkswagen GTI, both of which use a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 200 hp. The Kia Forte SX hatchback is another possibility, though like the Jetta SportWagen, its 173 hp falls short of your wish list. If you can wait until late this year, Kia will add a turbocharged 2.0-liter to the Forte's engine choices.

Want more giddy up? The Ford Focus ST has 252 hp, the VW Golf R has 256 hp, the Mazdaspeed3 has 263 hp and the Subaru Impreza WRX has 265 hp. All are sporty, fun-to-drive hatchbacks, and the Focus ST, MazdaSpeed3 and Impreza WRX start around $25,000.

The Vehicle Recommender can help with your search for the perfect car. It lets you choose candidates by body style, horsepower, price, fuel economy and other major criteria.

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By Rick Popely | August 3, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Volkswagen Jetta: What's Changed

  • Most significant changes: New turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection; independent rear suspension; VW Car-Net connected services
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: Early August
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? With a more fuel-efficient powertrain and the automaker's new connected services joining last year's interior updates, we're leaning toward the 2014 model, though pricing has not yet been announced.

Following last year's interior enhancements, powertrain, suspension and technology updates top the list of news coming for the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta. Most notably among these is the automaker's new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with direct injection, which replaces the 2.5-liter five-cylinder.

When the 2014 Jetta hits dealerships in August, Volkswagen's best-selling model will be the first in the automaker's lineup to get the new engine, on the SE and SEL trims. The engine makes 170 horsepower — on par with the outgoing engine — and improves torque by 7 pound-feet to 184. The automaker estimates fuel economy will improve by 16%, achievable on regular gas, according to spokesman Mark Gillies; the 2013 base model is EPA rated at 24/34 mpg city/highway.

By Matt Schmitz | July 10, 2013 | Comments (8)

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