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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta was new.


Interior: 8.1

While auto writers think only higher Jetta trims have high-quality, well-made interiors, they say the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta is one of the roomiest affordable small cars available thanks to its large trunk and spacious cabin.

  • "Overall, non-SEL/GLI/Hybrid Jettas have a tasteful cabin, albeit one that's not as high-end as we've come to expect from the brand. Much of the dashboard and interior is trimmed with nice-looking, albeit cheap-feeling plastic. SEL, GLI, and Hybrid models get a padded dash and some unique trim that puts them a step up on their stablemates." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2013 Jetta has one of the more ho-hum interiors in the small sedan class. Build quality is still tight, but the hard plastic surfaces and overall design do little to inspire. But what the Jetta loses in finer details, it makes up for in the expanse of its cabin and a rear-seat area large enough for full-size adults to sit comfortably." -- Edmunds 


According to auto critics, the 2013 VW Jetta’s five-seat cabin is one of the roomiest in the class. They even say its cabin space is competitive with some midsize sedans'. Reviewers report that the front seats have an abundance of head- and legroom and good visibility in all directions. Similar evaluations apply to the rear seats, which are spacious enough for adults and offer very good head- and legroom for the class.

  • "Headroom and legroom are very good, almost to the level of many midsize sedans. The seats are long-haul comfortable, but adjusting them is awkward. High-set seats contribute to fine all-around visibility." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In fact, the Jetta's rear seat is one of the most spacious in the class, with 2 inches more legroom than the Chevrolet Cruze or Honda Civic, and 5 inches more than the Ford Focus. The Jetta's space makes it that rare compact sedan that no longer causes embarrassment when you unexpectedly need to shuttle upper-level career-makers to an important lunch." -- Edmunds
  • "In real-world situations, four adults will be plenty comfortable. Rear-seat legroom is commendable, as is headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The base Jetta comes with a stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a media interface with an iPod cable, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker Fender audio system, push-button start, a navigation system and a rearview camera.

Several test drivers say the Jetta’s climate controls are easy to use and mention that they are easily accessible for the driver and front passenger. They also think the navigation system is pretty easy to use, though they find that some inputs are a little complicated because the system houses the stereo controls. Reviewers don’t comment on the Jetta’s base stereo, but they really like the Fender sound system, which is available on the SEL trim and higher.

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  • "The climate controls are very simple to operate and easy for driver or passenger to access. The available navigation system is pretty simple to program, thanks to the combination of a touchscreen and BMW iDrive-style rotary knob. The system absorbs some audio controls, however, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We're also fans of the available touchscreen stereo interface, which features a redundant control knob ideal for controlling an iPod." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Volkswagen is introducing its Fender Premium Audio System into the Jetta lineup. … It's solid, with crisp highs and a punchy low-end. ..." -- Autoblog (GLI, 2012)


The 2013 Jetta has 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space. Reviewers say that the Jetta’s trunk is one of the largest in the class. They’re also pleased with the Jetta’s roomy interior cubbies.

  • "Interior storage consists of a fairly spacious glovebox, roomy door pockets, and a narrow-but-deep center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 15.5-cubic-foot trunk also is one of the roomiest you'll find in this class." -- Edmunds

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