The Jetta is Volkswagen’s sedan edition of the Golf. What makes it distinct is its styling and design. The 1998 Volkswagen Jetta is one of the highly recommended four-doors that the German manufacturer offers. With this model, the driver can overcome road irregularity and undulation while ensuring comfort. Controls are intuitive enough, while the cabin has adequate room. The 1998 Jetta is perfect for drivers who want speed, power, and intensity, given its compact V-6 engine and thick alloy wheels. Moreover, fuel economy is great with this model, thanks to the arrival of the Turbo Direct Injection. Driving can never be more fun with 1998 Jetta, as it has strong and smart steering response, a taut chassis and an excellent driving position that outweigh the drawback that the two-liter, 115-horsepower engine brings.
Body Styles: four-door compact sedan
Engines: 1.9-liter four-cylinder diesel, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline, 2.8-liter six-cylinder gasoline
Transmissions: four-speed automatic w/OD, five-speed manual w/OD
Models: Volkswagen Jetta G2, Volkswagen Jetta K2, Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg, Volkswagen Jetta GT, Volkswagen Jetta GLS, Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6
The addition of the turbocharged, direct-injection diesel (TDI) is the newest thing in 1998 Volkswagen Jetta. This improves the fuel efficiency of the vehicle and at the same time boosts its speed. New wheel covers, as well as colors are also available, giving a certain touch of class and elegance to the new model. The 1998 model now has a keyless entry feature, which improves accessibility and security.
The 1998 Jetta sports a classic look that can surely makes heads turn. It comes in different colors such as Tornado Red, Cool White, Black, Pearl Classic Green Metallic, Silver Arrow Metallic, and Porcelain Blue Metallic.
The interior features are sparse. The 1998 Jetta has cloth seats, black plastic dash, crank windows and outside windows. The inside is roomier than a Honda Civic, while the trunk gives the BMW 7 Series a run for its money. The trunk can be extended by folding the rear seat so as to allow the owner to load large baggage. The vehicle is also equipped with power locks, cruise control, and rear-window defroster, as well as power steering wheel.
Performance & Handling
The turbocharged, direct-injection diesel (TDI) is one of the greatest features of this model. Its fuel efficiency enables the driver to ensure that acceleration is not sacrificed over budget for gas. The TDI also boosts the vehicle’s speed even if it is running on diesel. As a matter of fact, it can zoom past the city speed limit by shifting the five-speed using a couple of gears. If the previous models couldn’t meet the driver’s need for speed, the TDI makes it possible for the 1998 Jetta to do so. The 1998 Jetta is a perfect platform for the TDI because it’s more affordable than Passat. But despite the affordability, the vehicle still offers a large enough trunk and a space for four people.
Though the 1998 Jetta provides a great speed, the rear seat is quite cramped and might be uncomfortable when driving at a full pace. The seat cushion is equipped with granite-like side bolsters, which can cause some discomfort to the passengers, especially if the car is running pretty fast. Another drawback is the lack of power. The vehicle only has two-liter, 115-horsepower engine but a clever steering response and great driving position make up for it.
There are dual airbags for safety purposes. They go off when the vehicle is figured in an accident or when it endures a hard impact. Anti-lock brakes and power sunroof also equip the entire vehicle to make it safer and more comfortable to use. Locking and unlocking is also made easier with the keyless entry feature. This provides the owner easier in and out access to the vehicle, an important advantage, especially in case of emergencies.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Jetta: 21/28 mpg city/highway
- Excellent fuel economy
- Classic style
You Won't Like
- Slightly uncomfortable rear seat
Fast, fuel-efficient, classic.
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