The Car Of The Future
Volkswagen Continues to Improve Jetta with 2014 Model
With the 2013 model Jetta released by Volkswagen, buyers saw a much-improved interior, but the 2014 Jetta is all about the engine and technology. VW has been working hard to provide their customers with a class of cars a step above the rest, including themselves, year after year. They do that by staying abreast with the latest technologies and working to keep their cars as fuel efficient as possible, even their non-hybrid cars. If you are in the market for a new vehicle you should definitely have the 2014 Jetta on your list of cars to consider, here are all the changes and additions you can expect when they hit the lots this August.
New Engine That Packs a Punch
Some major voices in the automotive industry, such as Car and Driver, have been up until now less than impressed with the standard inline-five engine in Volkswagens, but that is now a thing of the past because Volkswagens will now be packing a huge punch beneath the hood—turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines. This engine brings to the table 170 horsepower along with 184 lb-ft of torque (compare that with the previous engine specs of 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque coming from the inline-five). Car and Driver reported that with the switch to this amped up engine also comes a much improved fuel economy, which is something all consumers want to hear when they are looking to purchase a new vehicle. In fact, according to Cars.com, the fuel economy is being reported by Volkswagen representatives to have been improved by 16 percent with regular gas.
New Suspension and Other Additions
In addition to the new engine, the 2014 all Jettas will feature a new, multilink rear suspension. Also, it was reported that the 1.8 turbo engine will only be available in Jetta models SE and up, it will not be available in the base-level S model, but the automaker claims that the SE and SEL are more commonly sold. The SE will be offered with a five-speed stick or six-speed stick transmission and the SEL is automatic only. The automaker went on to defend their decision not to offer manual options with the SEL in the 2014 model by explaining that those who want a fully loaded Jetta tend to go with the TDI or GLI models.
Some other new additions to be on the lookout for when shopping:
– Backup cameras standard on SEL, TDI Premium, and TDI Premium and Navigation trims
– Premium audio system from Fender with the SEL model
– Keyless entry and push to start with SE model that include Connectivity and Sunroof trim
– SE model has the option for power reclining front seats as well as satellite radio
– A high-resolution display in the dashboard available in the Hybrid SE, SEL, and SEL Premium
So if you are in the market for a new Volkswagen, you couldn’t be buying at a better time. Come August, the new Jettas will be rolling onto the lots, dressed to the nines with all of their fancy new options and offerings.
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John Decker is looking for a new car that is fast but still gets good gas mileage. He learns a little bit more about the new Volkswagen Jetta and how it could be the car of the future.