You just got your driver's license, or you've been driving your parent's car through high school and are heading off to college soon. You want to buy your own car so you have the freedom to get yourself to work, school, and night's out with friends, but can't decide which one to buy. Our expert staff here at Evans Volkswagen located at 7124 Poe Ave. Suite 2, Dayton, OH has put together a list of reasons why the Jetta is an excellent option for a first car. It's affordable, reliable, and will get you from graduation to your first job.


It's surprising really just how affordable a Jetta really is. Starting MSRP for a base model 2019 Jetta is $18,545. If you want to save a few thousand bucks, it's smart to look into purchasing a used Jetta. You can get a 2016 Jetta for only $10,500! This car is so well-built that it'll easily last over 200,000 miles, which means if you buy a two-year-old Jetta, it'll last you over ten years. The Jetta has a simple timeless design with sleek lines, so it'll look good for years to come. All of your high school and college friends will wish they had one too!

Good Gas Mileage

Volkswagen Jettas have a reputation for excellent road handling, braking, and steering as well as gas mileage. The 2019 Jetta gets an estimated EPA rating of 30 mpg city and an incredible 40 mpg highway with its 1.4-liter Turbo engine delivering 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, also equipped with the 1.4-liter Turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission that gets an estimated EPA rating of 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. With the five-speed manual transmission, the Jetta gets 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.


The 2019 Jetta has not been rated yet, however, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Hybrid sedans earned an overall and side crash safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and four stars for front crash and rollover, and was named a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+.

All Jetta models come with standard safety equipment which varies each model year so be sure to do your research. The 2019 Jetta includes a safety cage with front and rear crumple zones to absorb crash energy, an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) that automatically turns off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and activated hazard lights, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and seven stability-enhancing systems.

Also standard is an Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Brake Assist (EBA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), and six airbags.


Of course, there are a plethora of options available for the Jetta. If you want to spruce up the exterior a bit, you'll love the available projector LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights. Want more ambient light inside your Jetta? The available power panoramic sunroof that tilts and slides will brighten your drive. Customize the interior a bit with the available two-tone heated and ventilated leather seats.

Upgrade to the 10-inch high-resolution digital display so you can easily see your travel time, radio station, and speed; and the available 8-inch glass display makes the map nice and prominent so you'll never get lost.

Impress Your Friends with VW Technology

The available Car-Net Security and Service Mobile App will let you know if you accidentally left your Jetta unlocked or the trunk open. It'll also send you a notification if you left the sunroof open and it looks like rain is headed your way. The parking information feature can locate off-street parking for you and will automatically send the information to your in-vehicle navigation system.

Maps and turn by turn navigation can help you find the fastest route to class from anywhere in the city. Forgot to read your Intro to World Lit assignment last night? No problem, stream an audiobook while driving to class. And when your friends are riding with you to your favorite restaurant for $2 taco Tuesday, crank your favorite tunes using Apple CarPlay.

From High School to College to Your New Career

One of the biggest benefits of owning Volkswagen Jetta is its timeless design and longevity both on the inside as well as the exterior. The Jetta has a classic yet youthful look, with a sense of professionalism and achievement, that can easily take you from the classroom to the office in style.


All Volkswagen vehicles come with The People First Warranty; 6-years/72,000-miles transferrable, bumper-to-bumper Limited Warranty. This is the biggest benefit of buying a Volkswagen Jetta as a high school or college student. The last thing you want is a big repair bill should something go wrong with your car. This warranty covers powertrain components, battery, brake pads/shoes, bulbs, paint, wheel alignment and tire balance, wiper blades, mechanical adjustments, and more. Click here to read through the complete warranty document.


Still not convinced that a Jetta is a perfect car for a college student or first-time buyer? Come to our Evans Volkswagen showroom located at 7124 Poe Ave. Suite 2, Dayton, OH, and test drive a new or used Volkswagen Jetta for yourself. Call 888-469-7072 with any questions, we're happy to help! We're just a short drive from Englewood, Northridge, Union Heights, Phoneton, Dayton, and Riverside.