Volkswagen’s Jetta is one of the favorite sedan versions in the Volkswagen family. This German-made car allows the driver to feel in touch with the road without feeling overwhelmed by the road. This vehicle comes in an entry-level model and moves upwards to a turbo-charged model with even more power and the ability to achieve up to 49 mpg.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.8 liter V-6, 1.9 liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Jetta GL, Volkswagen Jetta GLS, Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T, Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR6, Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6, Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi Diesel, Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDi Diesel
The most important and main new feature of the Volkswagen Jetta for 2000 is the introduction of the 1.8T turbocharged engine. The 2000 versions also have brake-wear indicators, sliding sun-visor extensions, optional dashboard CD players, and even more new luxury amenities for upper models.
Like all Volkswagen models, the Jetta is built on the European design of sleek and luxurious vehicles. The exterior is curvy and sleek with large bumpers that encase 15-inch wheels. Integrated roof antennas, fully-galvanized steel bodies with body colored molding, and grill trim are standard. Tinted windows with dual remote control mirrors are also standard. Exterior upgrades in the GLS and GLX models include available sunroofs, fog lights, and spoiler wings. Roof racks are also available. Tires and wheels go from alloy to steel depending on the style and trim chosen.
The standard interior of the Volkswagen Jetta includes an AM/FM stereo with scan-seek, air-conditioning, driver side auxiliary visors, cargo concealed storage, in-dash close, front and rear cup holders, two 12-volt power outlets, full floor consoles, analog instrumentation, lighted glove box with map lights in the front and rear, and a key fob remote trunk release. A tilt steering wheel is also standard as are driver and passenger vanity mirrors. Adjustable front head restraints with tilt and rear 60-40 bench seats with tilting rear head restraints are also standard.
Moving up to the higher-end models adds options, such as premium cloth or leather seats; heated driver and front passenger seats; eight-way power seat controls, instead of six-way; and available lumbar support for driver and passenger. Steering wheel material and gear shift knob material are also available in leather in the upper end models as are auto-dimming day-night rearview mirrors. Power windows are only available on models above the base model and a trip computer is available as an option as well. It is obvious to see that the higher-end models of this vehicle have many more options available and make the vehicle well worth the added cost.
Performance & Handling
The rigid design of the Jetta proves beneficial to its handling and control.
Standard safety features on the Volkswagen Jetta include a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, anti-theft alarm systems, daytime running lights, driver and passenger front airbags, and front side airbags. Traction control is available on the GLS VR6 sedan and fog lights are also available on the GLX VR6 Sedan.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Jetta GL :24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Jetta GLS: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Jetta GLX: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Jetta GL TDi: 42/49 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8 Liter Turbo: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Jetta GLS VR: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Rich interior amenities
- Availability of a V-6 engine
- Availability of turbo and diesel engines
You Won't Like
- Price increase due to options
- Cookie-cutter type sheet metal
Competition for the Civic and Corolla.
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