Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/9/20 3:05 p.m.

Nowadays, it’s pretty common for car makers to drop a manual transmission from a model’s lineup, but adding a manual transmission into the mix? That’s a little more unusual.

Despite that, that’s exactly what Volkswagen did for the 2020, adding an optional three-pedal setup for the R-Line Jetta.

At any rate, the Jetta sees most of its equipment carried over from last year, save for a few add-ons like the transmission mentioned above, wireless charger on SEL and SEL Premium trims, and in-car Wi-Fi standard in all trims.

Speaking of trims, there are five in total for the compact sedan: S, SE, R-Line, SEL and SEL Premium. All are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four rated at 147 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or, available only on the base S and “sporty” R-Line trim, a six-speed manual transmission.

We were able to sample the R-Line Jetta, though without the optional manual. Keep scrolling to get our thoughts on what it’s like to drive.

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Shaun Dork
11/9/20 7:01 p.m.


I'm glad somebody still makes one.



dxman92 Dork
11/10/20 10:53 p.m.

As much as I'm sad VW dropped wagons in the states, glad they still make an actual manual trans equipped car.

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/28/20 10:51 p.m.

I don't understand how "R" can be put on a 1.4 Jetta. Talk about making the people buying the Golf R feel less special lol. 

I'd still just be happy if they made the Alltrak wagon with the GTI's 2.0T.....I'd trade my GTI in for that in an instant (well, if it also had a manual). 

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