On the market for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta? This compact design is surprisingly roomy and fun to drive, and it comes with enough technology that you won’t be left feeling left behind. With the base Jetta being highly affordable and higher-trim Jettas still within midrange prices, the Jetta offers options for many buyers whether you want the 1.4L engine or the larger 1.8-liter plant. Keep reading to learn more about each of the four trim levels offered in the newest Jetta, including the S, SE, SEL and sporty GLI. Thinking of scheduling a test drive? Read on to see which Jetta trim best fits your needs.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta top trims:

  • S
  • SE
  • SEL
  • GLI

Jetta S

The S comes equipeed with the 1.4L 4-cylinder gas engine that provides a decent EPA-estimated 28/40 mpg. The base model includes Bluetooth connectivity which enables you to place hands free calls while keeping your eyes on the road. The rear back up camera features guiding graphics that help you know when you are too close to the curb or other vehicles. 16-inch steel wheels and a grey and black interior with cloth seats are standard. There is a fold down rear seat to help you make more use out of available cargo space.


  • 28/40 mpg
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Rear view camera
  • 16-inch steel wheels

Jetta SE

Step up your game in the Jetta SE which has access to VW’s CarNet. Receive roadside assistance and maintenance reminders with a touch of the button inside the cockpit. Connect your smartphone to the touchscreen controlled media center with App Connect. The heated front seats have a reputation for keeping you warm while the engine heats up on cold mornings. Black alloy wheels add a modern look. The power moonroof opens up with a single touch of a button. Opt for a beige interior and choose from exterior colors such as Cardinal Red and Dark Bronze.


  • CarNet
  • App Connect
  • Moonroof
  • Heated front seats

Jetta SEL

The SEL bumps up the performance with the surprisingly peppy 1.8L engine with 170 horsepower that still delivers a reasonable 35 mpg highway. The touchscreen includes navigation that provides turn by turn directions. 17-inch Lancaster wheels add a touch of elegance while the LED daytime running lamps grab attention as the Passat comes around the corner. Updated safety systems include blind spot and rear cross traffic alerts. Adapative cruise control helps you maintain a safe distance from vehicles traveling in front of you. Front brake assist will help slow the car when an obstacle is detected. Of course, there’s all this and leatherette surfaces that still work with the heated and powered front seats. The SEL trim level is your executive model in a compact design.


  • 1.8L engine
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Updated safety systems
  • Leatherette seating surfaces

Jetta GLI

The GLI is the compact sports sedan you’ve always been looking for. Amp up the excitement with the 2.0L TSI engine with 210 horsepower, enough for heartstopping acceleration on the highway. The premium Fender audio system pumps out 400 watts of sound on quality engineered speakers for a concert hall listening experience. The six-speed transmission includes TipTronic mode so you can work the gears, just like at the track. A sport suspension gives you a responsive ride while maneuvering through the corners. Access your apps using the multi-function sport steering wheel. 18-inch Mallory wheels have split spokes for an edgy, aggressive appearance. Red exterior accents mark this as a unique and exciting vehicle.


  • 2.0L TSI engine
  • Premium Fender audio system
  • Sport suspension
  • Tiptronic and Sport Mode transmission


Whether you’re looking for an economical compact sedan big on comfort or seek additional excitement with a sporty version, the 2017 Volkwagen Jetta has a trim level able to meet your wants and requirements.