Why the Jetta is a Great Choice for a First New Car

April 10th, 2024 by

New Volkswagen Jetta Front View

Everyone remembers their first new car—that first time when you weren’t scrutinizing a vehicle for its defects and wear and tear but selecting colors and options instead. Bringing home that new car in which everything is clean, shiny, and defect-free is a treasured moment, and Bud Brown Volkswagen has the best model for that experience.

New Volkswagen Jetta Interior Dash View

Inexpensive While Not Looking Like It

With a starting MSRP of $21,345, the Jetta is our least expensive model line, but you wouldn’t know it to look at one. The Jetta’s distinguished lines eschew the styling fads of the day and instead offer a timeless design that will carry a new owner through several stages of life with dignity. Its carefully creased surfaces, LED lighting, and alloy wheels also communicate the German engineering that lies within. 

Entering the cabin reinforces the image, with an attractive steering wheel with functional controls sitting proudly before a standard 8-inch digital driver’s information center. The rest of the dash continues the theme of avoiding fads in favor of a straightforward, no-nonsense design that will look just as good and contemporary many years from now. 

Cloth seats on the base S and Sport models are naturally warm in the winter and cool and breathable in the summer. The cloth is replaced by V-Tex leatherette on the SE and Leather on the SEL. The touchscreen doesn’t dominate the dash to the point of distraction and is smartphone-compatible with USB. Climate control is handled by easy-to-use knobs and buttons rather than sub-menus, and all have a precision feel. Stepping up to the SE grade brings dual-zone automatic climate control. Friends will appreciate a rear seat that seems to come from a class above in how it easily accommodates adults. 

New Volkswagen Jetta Rear Seat Detail

Robust Safety and Driver Assist Technologies

Another thing first-time new car owners look to is the latest in safety and driver assist features, and the Jetta does not disappoint with standard IQ.DRIVE across the model line, which includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Active Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Travel Assist
  • Front Assist
  • Emergency Assist (automatic transmission only)
  • Lane Assist

The first three features listed above are all very useful but frequently require a package or model upgrade on competing models. 

The Jetta is just as up-to-date under the hood. Its standard 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection TSI® inline-4 produces 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The engine can be paired with an 8-speed automatic, but those who learned 3-pedal driving will appreciate that the Jetta is one of the few models in its class that still offers a 6-speed manual transmission. 

New Volkswagen Jetta Trunk Capacity

Efficient Powertrain and Transmission Choices

Keeping the Jetta affordable, its fuel efficiency is impressive, with an EPA estimate of 30 in the city and a very impressive 41 for the highway when paired with the automatic. Manual transmission models drop to 29 for the city but rise to 42 for the highway.

New Volkswagen Jetta Rear View

Comprehensive New Car Coverage

The other big thing that first new car buyers look for is the reassurance of warranties—the VW New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Four years or 50,000 miles (whichever occurs first), and its Carefree Coverage program also includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance and three years of 24/7 roadside assistance. 

Of course, when you buy from Bud Brown Volkswagen, that coverage is just the beginning because, like all other models we carry, the new Jetta comes with the Bud Brown Advantage Lifetime Limited Warranty, which covers all key areas of the drivetrain for as long as you own the vehicle. 

If you, or someone you know, is ready to take that first new car step or just want a great compact sedan, the Jetta is a must on the shopping list, and Bud Brown Volkswagen has a wide selection of them. Check out the Jetta soon.