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2018 Volkswagen Jetta Interior Review

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Interior: 8.2

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta's cabin has both high and low points. The design is clean and modern, but the materials quality lags behind what you’ll find in some rivals. The front seats are comfortable, and the rear seats are better than many competitors’. The Jetta also has an exceptionally large trunk and a user-friendly infotainment system.

  • "The Jetta's interior feels minimalist and clean, with DNA from its European cousin Audi. We like small touches such as the adjustable armrest between the driver and passenger that comes on all but base models, and the 1-touch power operation for all four windows." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most of today's compact sedans feature interiors with edgy shapes and accents, a fair level of quality materials, and plenty of tech features, all of which appeal to the young buyers who are drawn to these cars. By comparison, the cabin of the Jetta looks very traditional and feels a little cheap. For example, the lower trim levels are cursed with hard, shiny plastic, which has become a thing of the past from other brands except for the most price-conscious models. Rivals such as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and even the Volkswagen Golf hatchback offer more attractive, higher-quality, soft-touch interiors." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The interior has undergone a refit, as well, with new higher quality materials and switchgear that give a more upscale appearance." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The Jetta seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Heated leatherette seats, front sport seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available.

Up front, the Jetta features comfortable seats with plenty of legroom. But the rear seats really stand out for this class. They can comfortably accommodate adults and are larger than many other competitors’ – though a couple of rivals do have more legroom.

The Jetta features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. The tether anchors are easy to find and identify, but the lower anchors can be problematic. They’re set too deep in the seat, and they’re a pain to maneuver around.

  • The new VW Jetta is a 5-passenger sedan that offers good interior space, though rear legroom can't quite match that of the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And when it comes to interior space, the Jetta shines. The backseat's expansive dimensions dwarf those of just about every other compact sedan and hatchback, including the VW Golf." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Front and rear seats in all test cars were comfy, legroom generous for a small car." -- USA Today (2015)

Interior Features

Standard equipment includes a rearview camera and an infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, four speakers, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Available features include a sunroof, push-button start, keyless entry, a 6.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Fender premium audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a cooled glove box, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors.

The available Fender audio system delivers pristine sound, and the infotainment system with the larger screen has sharp graphics. Both touch-screen systems have intuitive interfaces and are easy to use. The cooled glove box is a feature that’s rarely seen outside of luxury vehicles.

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  • "The 2017 Jetta does measure up well in technology. … The [infotainment] interface is sharp, simple to use, and now offers a standard USB port for a wired smartphone connection. Audiophiles will appreciate the ability of the sound system to play FLAC-type music files." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Advanced technology and a plethora of high-quality materials are laid out in a simple, easy-to-use format devoid of multiple buttons and overly complicated screens." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The telematics system is easy to use and the Fender premium audio system blasts 400 watts." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Cargo

The Jetta has one of the largest trunks in the class, measuring 15.7 cubic feet. That amount of space is normally found in midsize cars, not compacts like the Jetta. You can also fold down the rear seats if you need extra room for large or bulky items.

  • "… the trunk volume … rivals that of even midsize sedans." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Especially notable is the amount of cargo space behind the rear seat. … the sedan's trunk is in a higher league, and when you need even more room the rear seats fold." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The trunk is as roomy as cars a size larger." -- USA Today (2015)

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