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2016 Volkswagen Jetta Rated at 40 MPG Hwy with New Base Engine

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/28/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Fuel economy numbers are out for the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta. Now, the 2016 Jetta achieves up to 28/40 mpg city/highway in base form, according to EPA estimates.

The rating applies to Jetta models with the new 1.4-liter turbocharged base engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. With the six-speed automatic, fuel economy is still pretty impressive at 28/39 mpg.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Rated at 40 MPG Hwy with New Base Engine

The new base engine provides the best fuel economy in the Jetta lineup following the hybrid and diesel models. When paired with the 1.8-liter engine that provides 20 more hp than the standard mill, the Jetta tops out at 25/37 mpg. The 210-hp Jetta GLI drops these numbers further to 24/33 mpg in its most efficient form.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TSI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TSI

Now that the Jetta has increased its standard fuel economy for 2016, it can better compete with other compact cars on the market. The base 2016 Toyota Corolla LE Eco hits 30/42 mpg, while the 2015 Honda Civic HF sedan tops out at 31/41 mpg on the base model. Meanwhile, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra hits 28/38 mpg.

Jetta buyers looking for a little more fuel efficiency can opt for the Hybrid model, which achieves 42/48 mpg. That model, however, will cost buyers thousands of dollars more in the MSRP price.

Source: FuelEconomy.gov, Volkswagen

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