The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta not only has seven powertrain options, but also it offers a plethora of trim levels. The basic trim levels are S, SE, and SEL, all of them offered with the 1.4T engine. The 1.8T Sport and the Jetta Hybrid are their own separate trim levels. Finally, the sporty GLI 2.0T has two trim levels of its own.
All Jettas come with an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a new multi-function steering wheel; air conditioning; and, at long last, a USB port.
The base Jetta S, priced from just above $18,000 with the manual, has cloth seats, 15-inch steel wheels with silver plastic wheel covers, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen. It offers options for a center console, cruise control, and a sunroof. There's also a Jetta S with Technology package, which adds keyless ignition, a rearview camera, an extendable console armrest, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen head unit with satellite radio and VW Car-Net App-Connect.
For around $20,000, the Jetta SE adds heated front seats, heated washer nozzles, electric power steering, an iPod input, and satellite radio. New this year is the rearview camera and a 6.3-inch touchscreen with VW Car-Net App-Connect. The SE with Connectivity adds another $2,000-plus to the price and comes with different 16-inch wheels, a chrome grille, carpeted floor mats front and rear, synthetic leather seats, keyless ignition, and leather for the steering wheel and handbrake lever. Car-Net, an OnStar-like service, is also included. A sunroof is among the options.
Finally, the 1.4T SEL trim keeps the SE's equipment, but adds automatic bi-xenon headlights with rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, navigation, a power driver seat, and a soft-touch dash. The top SEL Premium model is available by special order only, with a Fender premium audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and blind-spot monitors.
A Driver Assistance Package for both SEL trims now includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic braking, and blind-spot monitors.
The 1.8T Sport model adds onto the SE features, with black 17-inch wheels, navigation, two-tone sport seats, a black headliner, a rear spoiler, and the leather-wrapped wheel and handbrake.
The sporty Jetta GLI 2.0T is powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, with a 6-speed manual gearbox standard and an optional 7-speed DSG transmission with paddle controls. It has its own distinctive styling updates this year, including a unique front fascia with a different grille texture and LED taillights, along with 17-inch black alloy wheels and red-painted calipers for the disc brakes.
Standard GLI SE features include red-stitched heated sport bucket seats with six-way power adjustment for the driver, aluminum pedals and interior trim; fog lamps, a steering wheel with red detailing, launch control, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, the Fender audio system, the sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Two different 18-inch alloy wheels can be ordered as options.
There's also a GLI SEL, by special order, that adds the bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front lighting and LED daytime running lights, navigation, and blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert.
Lastly, there's the Jetta Hybrid. It's base-priced at the top of the range, at $31,670. It comes with essentially the full SEL trim level as standard. The trim is called SEL Premium, and includes practically everything that's optional or available elsewhere in the lineup.