For the 2010 model year, the Volkswagen Jetta is being offered in two distinct body styles including the traditional four door sedan and an even more practical sport wagon. The 2010 Jetta’s front end gets a narrow double bar grill framed by the traditional metal surround with a pair of halogen headlamps on either side while the sport wagon comes standard with integrated roof racks; however all models come standard with amenities like air conditioning, cruise control, eight speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system with MP3 CD player and auxiliary input as well as an updated instrument cluster and a new three spoke steering wheel. Meanwhile both the SE and TDI versions come complete with chrome window trim.

For 2010 the Jetta will be offered with a choice of two engines. The first being the 2.0 Liter four cylinder clean diesel TDI rated 140 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque that gets as much as 42 MPG on the highway and is eligible for a $1,300 government tax credit as well as a 2.5 Liter gas burning five cylinder that delivers a total of 170 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque with the faster version able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 8.2 seconds and reach a 130 MPH top speed. The sedan starts at $17,605 and the station wagon goes for $19,265 while the more efficient diesel burning TDI powered versions start at $22,660 for the sedan and $24,310 for the estate.

Press release after the jump.

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Press release

The Jetta and Jetta SportWagen have always appealed to drivers seeking German engineering in a versatile, stylish, and fun-to-drive package. With starting prices of $17,605 for the Jetta and $19,265 for the Jetta SportWagen, affordability remains another important trait of the 2010 Jetta lineup.

2.0L four-cylinder clean diesel TDI; 140 hp at 4,000 rpm and 236 lbs.-ft. of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm

The fuel-sipping 2010 Jetta TDI® model once again features the criticallyacclaimed 2.0-liter clean diesel TDI engine – the same engine that powered a Jetta to a Guinness World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption, and has placed clean diesel, the most efficient alternative fuel readily available in all 50 states, in the spotlight. In TDI trim, the Jetta sedan and SportWagen can achieve 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway (EPA estimates when equipped with DSG® automatic transmission). Adding even more credibility, the Jetta TDI which starts at $22,660, achieved even greater fuel economy returns when tested in real world conditions by third-party certifier, AMCI: A staggering 38 mpg for city driving and 44 mpg for highway travel. The Jetta SportWagen TDI starts at $24,310.

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Beyond cutting back on costs at the fuel pump, the Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen are also eligible for a $1,300 Federal Income Tax Credit through their qualification for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle Federal Income Tax Credit.

Engine and Transmission

Those who choose to outfit the 2010 Jetta sedan or SportWagen with the 2.0L four-cylinder clean diesel TDI engine are rewarded with a thoroughlyadvanced workhorse that is dynamic enough for treks through the city, as well as long highway stints. The 2.0L employs an electronically-controlled turbocharger and common rail direct fuel injection to ensure smooth power delivery and a noticeable reduction in tailpipe emissions. Featuring 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and an impressive 236 lbs.-ft. of torque available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, the 2.0L is the most efficient option for drivers that also have a penchant for performance.

To connect the driver with the clean diesel TDI engine, either a standard six-speed manual transmission, or optional DSG six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® control, can be selected. Volkswagen’s DSG dualclutch transmission not only helps deliver noteworthy fuel mileage, especially during highway use, but also places racing-inspired technology at drivers’ fingertips. Advanced direct shifting technology guided by a special computer lets the DSG transmission automatically engage and disengage gears without the need for a clutch pedal. As one clutch is engaged for the next gear, the clutch from the previous gear is instantly released, making for quick, lag-free shifts that keep the engine in the sweet spot of its power band. Drivers can choose to have fully-automated operation by placing the gear selector in the “D” or “S” position, or they can enjoy the control of manual shifting by selecting Tiptronic mode. Using Tiptronic, drivers can shift up and down through the gears by tapping the gearshift lever up and down.

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Standard on both the Jetta sedan (S, SE, and SEL models) and Jetta SportWagen (S and SE models) is the economical, yet powerful, 2.5-liter fivecylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 177 lbs.-ft. of torque. The 2.5L comes stocked with an aluminum alloy cross flow head containing four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, and Volkswagen’s Motronic® sequential multi-port fuel injection. Power is transferred on to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, or an available six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and sport modes for driver-engaged shifting. The five-cylinder engine takes the Jetta from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds with the automatic transmission, and in only 8.2 seconds when mated to the manual transmission. Fuel efficiency ratings are an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city.


The 2010 Jetta SportWagen displays an all-new front end that provides even more substance to the model’s already sporty nature. A narrow double-bar grille sits just above the bumper, giving the SportWagen a wider appearance, and unifies the pair of angled halogen headlamps held in blacked-out housings. The lower portion of the front fascia has also been narrowed and widened for a sleeker look. The SportWagen’s clean profile remains subtle with black window trim on the S model, and is accented by chrome window trim on both the SE and TDI versions. An integrated roof rack comes as standard on all models to increase the SportWagen’s versatile storage abilities. At the rear, the SportWagen is relatively unchanged from its predecessor with the only update coming in the form of slightly smoked taillight lenses.

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For 2010, the Jetta sedan upholds all of the same fresh, German-inspired design cues of the previous model year. Both the Jetta sedan and SportWagen can be ordered with the racing-inspired Sport Styling Kit, which includes a combination of spoilers and body kits for a lower profile and better aerodynamics.


The inside of every 2010 Jetta sedan and SportWagen comes well equipped with a host of standard equipment, including: Air conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD stereo system with MP3 CD readability, eight speakers and an auxiliary input, an updated instrument cluster, more ergonomic HVAC controls, eight-way adjustable support front seats, a 60/40 split rear seat, a newly-designed three spoke steering wheel with tilt-and-telescope capabilities, and the option of either cloth or V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces. The SportWagen also adds a wealth of storage into the mix, with a robust 32.8 cubic feet of usable cargo room in normal seating conditions, and an impressive 66.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.

On the SE, SEL, and TDI sedan and SportWagen models, a collection of updates further enhance the German-inspired experience: A leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake handle, a ten-speaker AM/FM/CD premium stereo system with six-disc CD changer, MP3 CD readability, six months of introductory Sirius Satellite Radio service, Bluetooth™ connectivity for hands-free pairing with a mobile phone, and a power sunroof (available in a panoramic version with the SportWagen).

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The SE, SEL and TDI Jetta sedan and SportWagen can also be upgraded with Volkswagen’s new navigation system that features a 6.5” high resolution touch-screen display, an integrated 30GB hard drive (10GB for navigation, 20GB for audio), WMA / MP3 audio CD playback, DVD playback, an SD memory card slot, an auxiliary input connection, an optional Media Device Interface (MDI) that works with most any USB flash drive and portable media player, and complimentary Sirius Traffic and Sirius Satellite Radio programming for three and six months respectively. The setup can be also outfitted with an optional iPod® cable for total playback support and control via the in-car system. Drivers of the SEL and TDI have primary system control at their fingertips with the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel, which are augmented by visual and audible commands via the center console display, and the instrument cluster’s digital display.

Chassis and Suspension

All Jetta models are ready to take on the twisting turns and long straights of nearly any road, utilizing a four-wheel independent suspension arrangement with a MacPherson strut package and stabilizer bar up front, and a 4-link setup, complete with coil springs, telescopic shocks and a stabilizer bar, at the rear. The electro-mechanical power steering system includes variable assistance and active return to keep the driver confident, and the Jetta continually stable yet responsive, heading through every turn.

0-60 mph in 8,2 seconds; 130 mph; 30 mpg

Stopping duties on all Jetta models are handled by a power-assisted fourwheel disc brake system that comes with vented front rotors and solid units out back, and is aided with a standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Helping the Jetta remain one with the pavement are standard 16-inch steel or alloy wheels on S, SE and TDI models, standard 17-inch wheels with SEL models, and optional 17-inch wheels on the TDI models. All of the Jetta’s wheel choices come wrapped in all-season performance tires for year-round driving, and are carefully watched over by the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that comes standard on all 2010 Jetta models.

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Active and Passive Safety

The 2010 Jetta sedan and SportWagen models include Volkswagen’s Prevent and Preserve Safety System. On the inside, the Jetta comes standard with front, thorax, and side curtain airbags for both the driver and front passenger, as well as side curtain airbags for rear passengers. At the wheels and under the hood, all Jetta models include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Braking Assist (EBA) and Electronic Stability Program® (ESP®).

Volkswagen’s decision to include ESP standard on the Jetta, and all other 2010 Volkswagen models, comes ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) mandate that by the 2012 model year, all vehicles produced will need to include some form of Electronic Stability Control (ESC). According to NHTSA, having ESC in a vehicle results in 35 percent fewer singlevehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars. Volkswagen’s ESP compares the driver’s intended course with the vehicle’s actual direction. If a discrepancy is detected, ESP automatically brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces engine power as needed to help maintain
directional control.

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Type 2.5L 170 horsepower, 177 lbs-ft. torque, 20 valve, DOHC, in-line five-cylinder engine 2.0L 140hp, 236 lbs-ft. torque, in-line four-cylinder turbocharged clean diesel engine with common rail direct injection 2.5L 170 horsepower, 177 lbs-ft. torque, 20 valve, DOHC, in-line five-cylinder engine
Bore 3.25 in (82.5 mm) 3.19 in (81.0 mm) 3.25 in (82.5 mm)
Stroke 3.6 in (92.5 mm) 3.74 in (92.5 mm) 3.6 in (92.5 mm)
Displacement 151 in3 (2480 cm3) 120.1 in3 (1968 cm3) 151 in3 (2480 cm3)
Compression ratio 9.5:1 16.5:1 9.5:1
Horsepower (SAE) @ rpm 170 hp @ 5700 rpm (125kW @ 5700) 140 hp @ 4000 rpm 170 hp @ 5700 rpm (125kW @ 5700)
Maximum torque, lbs-ft @rpm 177 lbs-ft @ 4250 (240 Nm @ 4250) 236 lbs-ft @ 1750-2500 177 lbs-ft @ 4250 (240 Nm @ 4250)
Fuel requirement Regular Unleaded Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Regular Unleaded
Firing order 1-2-4-5-3 1-3-4-2 1-2-4-5-3
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0-60 mph 8.2 seconds 8.5 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 130 mph

Engine type

Arrangement Front mounted, transverse Front mounted, transverse Front mounted, transverse
Cylinder Block Cast iron Cast iron Cast iron
Crank Shaft Six main bearings Five main bearings Six main bearings
Cylinder Head Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy
Valve Train Double overhead camshaft, chain driven with automatic tensioner, four valves per cylinder, maintenance free hydraulic lifters, single coil valve springs Dual overhead camshaft, spur belt driven, four valves per cylinder, maintenance free hydraulic lifters, single valve springs Double overhead camshaft, chain driven with automatic tensioner, four valves per cylinder, maintenance free hydraulic lifters, single coil valve springs
Cooling System Water cooled, water pump, cross flow radiator, double electric PWM controlled radiator fan Water cooled, water pump, cross flow radiator, thermostatically controlled electric three-speed radiator fan Water cooled, water pump, cross flow radiator, double electric PWM controlled radiator fan
Lubrication Chain-driven gear oil pump Rotary gear pump, intermediate shaft driven, oil cooler Chain-driven gear oil pump
Fuel / Air Supply Sequential multi-point fuel injection (Motronic®) Electronically controlled direct injection (EDC), turbocharger Sequential multi-point fuel injection (Motronic®)
Emissions Bin 5 EPA Federal Emissions Concept, PZEV emissions concept for California, OBD II, ORVR (On-board Refueling Vapor Recovery), EVAP (enhanced evaporation system) standards for USA, 3-way catalytic converter. Two oxygen sensors for BIN 5 and three for PZEV Bin 5 EPA Federal Emissions Concept, OBD II, catalytic converter, hp/lp- EGR system, diesel particulate filter, nox-storax-catalyst Bin 5 EPA Federal Emissions Concept, PZEV emissions concept for California, OBD II, ORVR (On-board Refueling Vapor Recovery), EVAP (enhanced evaporation system) standards for USA, 3-way catalytic converter. Two oxygen sensors for BIN 5 and three for PZEV
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Gear Ratios

1st 3.78 / 4.04 3.77 / 3.46 3.78 / 4.04
2nd 2.12 / 2.37 2.09 / 2.05 2.12 / 2.37
3rd 1.36 / 1.56 1.32 / 1.30 1.36 / 1.56
4th 0.96 / 1.16 0.98 / 0.90 0.96 / 1.16
5th 0.77 / 0.85 0.98 / 0.91 0.77 / 0.85
6th / 0.67 0.81 / 0.76 / 0.67
Reverse 3.6 / 3.19 4.55 / 3.99 3.6 / 3.19
Final I 3.65 / 3.88 3.45 / 4.12 3.65 / 3.88

Body, Chassis and Suspension

  • Type Unitized construction, bolt-on front fenders
  • Front Suspension Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, integrated stabilizer bar
  • Rear Suspension Multi-link rear suspension, coil springs, telescopic gas pressurized shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Service Brakes Power assisted, dual circuit, vented 288 x 25 mm front discs and 260 x 12 mm solid rear discs
  • Anti Lock Braking System Standard, all four wheels, three-channel with electronic brake pressure distribution
  • Parking Brake Mechanical, effective on rear wheels
  • Wheels 6.5J X 16" alloy wheels    
  • Tires 205/55 R16 H, all-season tires    
  • Drag Coefficient .31
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Prices and option

1K22S1 2.5L S FEDERAL — 5-speed Manual $17,605
1K22S3 2.5L S FEDERAL — 6-speed Auto w/ Tiptronic $18,705
1K23S1 2.5L SE FEDERAL — 5-speed Manual $20,395
1K23S3 2.5L SE FEDERAL — 6-speed Auto w/ Tiptronic $21,495
1K23W2 2.0T Wolfsburg Edition FEDERAL — 6-speed Manual $22,000
1K23W3 2.0T Wolfsburg Edition FEDERAL — 6-speed DSG Auto w/ Tiptronic $23,100
1K24S3 2.5L SEL FEDERAL — 6-speed Auto w/ Tiptronic $23,280
1K239L 2.0L TDI 6-speed Manual $22,660
1K239M 2.0L TDI DSG 6-speed Auto w/ Tiptronic $23,760
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Trim Option Code Option Description Retail Price
All Trims JMK Jetta Mat Kit — Rubber Mats (set of 4) and Trunk Liner $215
JCM Carpeted Mat Kit — Carpeted Mats (set of 4) and Trunk Liner $215
JSG Splash Guards (set of 4) $185
JPK Jetta Protection Kit — Rubber Mats (4), Trunk Liner, & Splash Guards $350
JRS Jetta Wing Spoiler $495
JLS Jetta Lip Spoiler $335
JAK Jetta Ground Effects Kit — Front Spoiler, Side Sill Extensions, Rear Valence, & Exhaust Tips. Note: Exhaust tips not available on TDI. $1,799
JBK Sport Alloy Black — (4) 18” Black Karthoum Wheels w/ 225/40 R18XL All-Season Tires. TPMS Compatible. Note: Take-off wheels are not returned to the dealer. $1,899
JHN Jetta Hooks & Net — Cargo Net & Tie-Down Hooks $120
JSM Jetta Body Side Protection Moldings — textured black $230
S JVK Bluetooth® Connectivity (Volk-L) Not Available with 9W2 $360
S, SE, TDI JNT Sport Goal Gray — (4) 17” Goal Anthracite Alloy Wheel Package Upgrade w/ 225/45/R17 91H
all-season tires. TPMS Compatible. Note: Take-off wheels are not returned to the dealer.
Not Available with PJL or PJI
JLT Sport Goal Silver — (4) 17” Goal Silver Alloy Wheel Package Upgrade w/ 225/45/R17 91H allseason
tires. TPMS Compatible. Note: Take-off wheels are not returned to the dealer. Not Available with PJL or PJI
S, SE, SEL, WOB JME Jetta Motorsport Kit — Front Bumper, Side Sill Extensions, Rear Valence, and Exhaust Tips.
Not Available on TDI
TDI JTD Jetta TDI Sport & Protection Kit — Lip Spoiler, Splash Guards, Rubber Mats (set of 4), and Trunk Liner. $638
JJW Jetta TDI Appearance Package — Rubber Mats (4), Lip Spoiler $299
JTI Jetta TDI Southern Kit — Rubber Mats (4), Trunk Liner, Lip Spoiler $435
Wolfsburg JWW Jetta Wolfsburg Wing Spoiler — Rear Wing Spoiler $345
JCJ Jetta Wolfsburg Sport Kit — Rubber Mats (4), Lip Spoiler, and Exhaust Tips $399
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Competitors and press reviews

"We found ourselves having to apply a substantial amount of pressure to the accelerator in order to get the Jetta to move with decent vigor. However while driving on city streets the power train combination tells a different story, we found ourselves feathering the throttle, because if we were not delicate our heads would unexpectedly be thrown back into the headrest from the diesel’s outstanding 236 lb-ft of torque when attempting to inch forward in traffic." (TopSpeed)

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"We recently test drove the Jetta through the streets of San Francisco and were pleasantly surprised. The Jetta has always been agile and zippy, but the new, more powerful TDi gives it more oomph, allowing us to power through traffic and accelerate from stoplights with authority and a little bravado—we totally tooled on a Toyota Prius. We were also shocked as to how quiet the engine operates: You have to consciously listen for the knocking, or you wouldn’t even notice it." (PopularMechanics)

"On the road, the dual clutch DSG transmission offers completely automatic shifting for those who want it with the option of manual control sans a clutch pedal. Unlike other applications of this transmission in the R32, GTI and various Audis, the Jetta TDI doesn’t get steering wheel-mounted paddles. So manual shifts require reaching for the stick and tapping forward for upshifts and back for downshifts. Either way, the shifts are smooth and manual requests are realized very quickly. A completely manual three-pedal version is also available. Right off the line, the DSG engages the clutch as smoothly as any torque converter automatic and no unruly behavior was apparent." (AutoBlog)

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Honda Civic Sedan

The 2010 Honda Civic, priced at $15,655, comes a standard with a 140-hp, 1.8-liter, SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission. It has a a fuel economy of 26 mpg (city) and 34 mph (highway). It can be ordered with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System that has a 6.5-inch motorized display that opens and closes for access to the internal single-disc CD player, and a digital audio-card reader that can play MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) files from CompactFlash® cards.

Mazda3 4-Door

2010 Mazda3 is offered with two engines: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 148 hp at 6500 rpm and 135 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm; and Mazda3 s powered by a MZR 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 167 hp at 6000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The i version gets a five-speed manual transmission while the s version gets a six-speed stick-shift transmission. Prices start at $15,045.

Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer will be offered four different trim levels for 2010, with output ranging from 152 HP and going all the way up to 237 HP with prices ranging from $14,790 to $27,190. The Lancer DE and SE versions are powered by a 2.0 Liter DOHC MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) four cylinder engine pumping out 143 HP at 6,000 RPM and 143 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 RPM. The GTS version will get a 2.4 Liter DOHC MIVEC four cylinder making 168 HP and 167 lb-ft of torque, finally the top of the line Ralliart model gets a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0 Liter four cylinder boosted to 237 HP and 253 lb-ft of torque.

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The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta is offered with both gasoline and diesel engines. Now about the gasoline version you know a lot, so we will advice you to ask a TDI version when you decide to go for a test drive. Yes, we know that when it comes about testing a diesel car the Americans are quite skeptical, but give it a try, you will not be sorry!

When you say "diesel" you think of a car that is all about fuel economy. But besides entering the Guinness World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption, the Jetta TDI has also been infused with the spirit of a GTI that makes it a very sporty ride. So, give it a try, you will see we were right about it!

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  (474) posted on 03.4.2011

So you gleaned the true price of a Jetta from a marketing promotion of 3 cars that are essentially being raffled/lottery off with the $6k per car going to a charity?

I would wonder if the $10K discount would be regarded by the IRS as contest winnings and therefore taxable income.

  (692) posted on 03.3.2011

I’ve already decided I’m buying a TDI within a couple months...I just can’t decide between the larger space of the SportWagon to better support my mountain biking habit, or normal Jetta TDI, or this new TDI Cup Edition which really appeals to me because I want a "fun" car.

  (815) posted on 02.25.2010

Great review by TopSpeed, I’ve been reading a lot of reviews but this is the most complete review i’ve ever read, I’m planning to buy a jetta that’s why.

  (806) posted on 02.24.2010

good looking car IMO this is a good tuner car, looks so aggressive and sporty, but it would be better if VW provides a Rear Spoiler.

  (798) posted on 02.21.2010

I truly want the Golf TDI, but as they roll off the truck they are already sold. So it’s better to take the deal on the leftover from last year. But i do like the new White Gold color for this year.

  (780) posted on 02.16.2010

Wow, That’s a good price range of $17 to $22 grand with a sedan that can deliver 42 MPG. It’s definitely a good save. It’s a VW, how come it’s only priced as so-is the question that most people might ask. I mean it’s like its another Toyota Sedan that is priced a lot more expensive than this one.

  (939) posted on 02.15.2010

well VW guys are really stocked with their grills and front bumpers. it does look like a smaller version of VW Tuareg, yet still it is good looking and simple.

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