The 2004 Volkswagen Jetta serves as the most popular vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup. The Jetta offers a comfortable, smooth ride at a fairly reasonable price. Rather than trying to load it down with extra features, Volkswagen makes the features the Jetta does have the highest possible quality that could be reasonably expected in its price range.
The performance of the Jetta seems noteworthy. The engines provide ample power, especially the 2.8-liter six-cylinder, while still maintaining good fuel economy. The Jetta handles quickly and nimbly, allowing it to handle curves and turns with ease. Optional traction and stability control further enhance handling under less ideal conditions.
The 2004 Volkswagen Jetta continues the model’s tradition as a solid mid-price vehicle. The Volkswagen Passat provides a spirited alternative in the same price range with many similar features, but the Jetta still remains an excellent choice. It offers a fun drive and a smooth, comfortable ride. The Jetta also continues Volkswagen’s tradition of high reliability and safety.
Body Styles: wagon, sedan
Engine: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Jetta GL, Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T, Volkswagen Jetta GLS, Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T, Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T, Volkswagen Jetta GLI VR6, Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI, Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI
The 2004 Volkswagen Jetta offers an updated look over previous models. The 1.9-liter, four-cylinder, diesel engine provides a new option. The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine classifies as a partially zero-emission vehicle. The instrument gauges for both the sedan and wagon get redesigned, making both easier to read. The normally optional cold weather package, which includes heated seats, comes as a standard feature on the Jetta GLI. The Monsoon stereo system provides a standard feature on the Jetta GLS.
The Volkswagen Jetta offers drivers a choice between a sedan and wagon body. It uses the same design as the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. However, this does not look very apparent beyond the similar front-end design. When compared side-by-side, other similarities become more apparent. The body design of the Jetta marks a middle ground between the blockier models like the Passat and the more curved Phaeton. Overall, the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta offers a distinctly Volkswagen aesthetic without looking blocky and angular in the process. Beyond the similarity to the Volkswagen Golf, the Jetta seems immediately recognizable.
The 2004 Volkswagen Jetta offers a solid list of features. The Jetta does not offer quite as large a range of vehicle options as some other models, so it does not quite reach the same near-luxury standard found in some other Volkswagen vehicles. Air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, remote window operation, remote locks, a CD player, and eight speakers come standard on all Jetta models. More luxury features, such as heated seats and a Monsoon sound system provide an optional feature on some models.
Performance & Handling
The performance of the Volkswagen Jetta looks excellent across the board. The turbocharged engines provide enough power to give the Jetta fast acceleration and a good top speed. The engine runs quietly under most conditions, as well. Handling feels similarly excellent, allowing the Jetta to weave and turn with ease. Even under less ideal conditions, such as on wet roads, the Jetta still offers excellent traction and control. The 2004 Volkswagen Jetta offers a fun, perky drive and handles the needs of most drivers with ease.
The 2004 Volkswagen Jetta includes an excellent range of safety features as standard equipment. Dual front airbags, rear head airbags, side-mounted airbags, an engine immobilizer, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution come standard on all models and body types. Stability control and traction control remain available as standard features. The Volkswagen Jetta does not skimp on safety, even on less expensive models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Jetta 1.8-liter four-cylinder: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Passat 2.8-liter six-cylinder: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Passat 1.9-liter four-cylinder diesel: 32/42 mpg city/highway
- Excellent performance
- Strong fuel economy
- Wide range of safety features
- Wide range of options
You Won't Like
- Slightly overpriced
- Strong competition from the Volkswagen Passat
A crowd favorite for a good reason.
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