VW Jetta TDI 5-Star Rated; Gains New Value Edition

Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI earned a 5-star safety rating as the company works also to introduce a lower-priced model, the Value Edition.

The news came yesterday, when Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that the 2014 Jetta has earned a 5-star Safety Rating from the government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

The Jetta joins the Passat and the Beetle coupe as 2014 Volkswagen models with an overall 5-Star Rating.

“Volkswagen is delighted that the Jetta, our biggest-selling model, has earned the highest 5-star overall crash test rating from the government—providing further validation that Volkswagen produces some of the safest vehicles in the industry,” said Marc Trahan, Executive Vice President Group Quality, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Our vehicles have numerous safety technologies that work to help prevent collisions, and help protect occupants when an accident is unavoidable.”

Volkswagen announced the Jetta TDI Value Edition, which takes Jetta S content and adds the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine, electric power steering, 16-inch steel wheels, heatable cloth seats, cruise control, a Media Device Interface (MDI), SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and two additional speakers.

Volkswagen said this new model makes the high-mileage Jetta TDI Clean Diesel more affordable. The base price of the Jetta TDI Value Edition is $21,295 when equipped with the manual transmission, compared with $23,625 for the Jetta TDI Clean Diesel model. The six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission adds $1100 to the base price.

The Jetta TDI Clean Diesel has an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg on the highway when fitted with a six-speed manual or a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission

Also new on the Jetta front, the sedan recently received a number of changes for the 2014 model year, including the adoption of a new, 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 engine for the volume models in the range, as well as an independent rear suspension in place of the previous torsion beam arrangement.

Volkswagen added equipped with the available new engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, the Jetta 1.8T achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy figure of 36 mpg on the highway, an improvement of five mpg compared with the previous base 2.5-liter engine.