Under the hood sits a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 148 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. In the previous Jetta, that engine proved strong enough to hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. The new Jetta swaps out the old car’s six-speed automatic in favor of an eight-speed auto that will likely prove quicker. A six-speed manual is also available.
As far as safety goes, a rearview camera is standard, while forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, and automatic post-collision braking are available.