The sporty Volkswagen Jetta offers an agile suspension and a range of powertrains at a price that won’t break the bank. The interior has upgraded materials and a modern design; the rear seat has room for three adults. The Volkswagen Jetta’s base engine is a 150-hp 1.4-liter turbo four; optional are a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo four or a hybrid that gets 48 mpg on the highway. Five- or six-speed manuals and six-speed automatics are available.
The electric power steering is precise and direct, and the crispness and agility of this compact sedan easily exceed the standards of its class.