2005 Volkswagen Jetta

  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/170
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $20,390
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      180/173
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $24,070
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,555
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,595
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      46
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/177
    • ENGINE
      1.9L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,740
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      46
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/177
    • ENGINE
      1.9L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,740
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      180/173
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,200
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      46
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/177
    • ENGINE
      1.9L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,930
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GL Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,555
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/177
    • ENGINE
      1.9L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,385
  • 2005 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/170
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $17,900
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta Review

A fuel efficient car with a wide variety of models.

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Overview

The 2005 Volkswagen Jetta has plenty of models available. With two body styles, the wagon and the sedan, there are a total of 16 different choices. The sedan has 11 models, while the wagon has another five. Three models are diesel powered, while the other 11 are all gasoline powered. The cabin materials are premium quality and the balance between a comfortable ride and responsive handing is excellent. The turbocharged engines are powerful enough to make the Jetta fun to drive. The safety features are numerous and guaranteed to minimize the effects of an accident on the driver and passengers. A couple of downsides are that the rear legroom is too small for people with longer than average legs, and the design is not as exciting as the driving experience.

The Range

Body styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter five-cylinder, 1.9-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five speed manual, and a five-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL PZEV, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Value Edition Sedan PZEV, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Value Edition, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS PZEV, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 2.5, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 2.5 PZEV, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI 1.8T, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLS TDI, Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GL, Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GLS, Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GLS 1.8T, Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GL TDI, and Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GLS TDI

What's New

The 2005 Volkswagen Jetta was completely redesigned from the previous versions. The GLI VR6 was removed and the GLI 1.8T was added in its place. New features include a new design for the body and various new models that were made available. The newer designs only offer a sedan with the first half of the year also offering the older styles of Jetta wagons.

Exterior

The 2005 Volkswagen Jetta exterior differs from the first half of the year to the second half. During the second half, the new design is larger. The version released in midseason is seven inches longer and its wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer. The midyear model is also one inch wider in the body. The midyear releases also have a more modern look than the older styles of the first half of the year. A sunroof is optional on the midyear models.

Interior

The 2005 Volkswagen Jetta comes standard with cloth upholstered bucket seats in the front and rear. The doors have remote power lock capability as well as both front doors having one-touch windows. Cruise control and power steering are available on all models as is two 12-volt power outlets: one in the front and one in the cargo area. The steering wheel is tilt and telescopic. Interior air filtration and air conditioning help keep the interior air clean year round, and cool in the hot summer months. The newer design is significantly larger than the older designs and able to fit up to five occupants. The rear seat is a split folding style and non-intrusive trunk hinges provide for extra cargo carrying capacity. The Value Edition has heated power mirrors and manually controlled air-conditioning. The 2.5 come standard with dual-zone climate control and heating units in both front seats, which are upholstered with leatherette. The 2.5 model's audio system also has a six-disc CD changer. Rain sensing wipers are standard on the 2.5. Also only available on the 2.5 is an optional navigation system. The other models have eight speakers, a single disc CD player, and speed sensitive volume control so the volume does not need to be manually-adjusted to overcome road noise.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Volkswagen Jetta has four different engines within all the different models available. With the 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, the option of a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission is available. Available with the 1.9-liter, diesel-powered models are a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed direct shift gearbox. The turbocharged 1.8-liter engine makes 200 horsepower and provides the best performance of all the options with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed gearbox with the optional powertrains.

Safety

The 2005 Volkswagen Jetta has a four-wheel anti-lock brake system with front ventilated discs and solid rear discs. The airbags installed include front and rear head airbags as well as side-mounted dual front airbags to ensure the driver and front passenger’s safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen GL: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Value Edition: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen GLS: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen 2.5: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen GLI 1.8T: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen TDI: 31/39 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Safety features
  • Variety of models

You Won't Like

  • Older style released in first half of 2005
  • Engine rated as having moderate problems

Sum Up

A fuel efficient car with a wide variety of models.

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