The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta is one of the best sedans conceived in Germany with an uncanny ability to allow the driver to ride smoothly without losing any of the comfort inside. The U.S. buyers love this small car, even though it may cost more than others, for the lengthy list of features that come standard on the Volkswagen. The comfortable, stylish cabins add to its appeal with the Volkswagen signature blue-red illumination for nighttime and high-quality materials that are used throughout.
With the continual upgrades to the Volkswagen vehicle since its introduction, 2005 marks the all-new Jetta arrival. Make a jump ahead in handling, value, power, and refinement, the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta proved worthy of consideration. Performance also got a boost with the addition of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, 2.5-liter 5-cylinder, 1.9-liter diesel four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Jetta Value Edition PZEV, Jetta Value Edition, Jetta 2.5, Jetta 2.5 PZEV, Jetta 2.0T, Jetta GLI, TDI
There are two new models joining the Jetta team in 2006, one is the 2.0T and the other is the very sporty GLI. Both have two-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engines and can be outfitted with a direct shift gearbox. All the Jetta sedans, except Value Editions, feature alloy wheels and optional side airbags.
The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta sedan comes with 15-inch wheels on the Value Edition, 2.0T has 16-inch wheels, and GLI sports 17-inch wheels. The 2.0T offers a sunroof, and the GLI has the addition of firmer suspension, color-keyed body paint, and bi-xenon headlamps. 18-inch wheels can be added to the GLI model.
The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta Value Edition has standard interior features of air-conditioning, cruise control, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, and a CD stereo with 10 speakers and MP3 compatibility. The 2.0T adds a power 115-volt outlet, and heated seats. Optional features that are available include power seats, navigation system, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, sport bucket seats, and a six-disc CD player and changer.
The cabin of the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta feels upscale and high-quality with very tasteful trim and comfortable seating. In the front console, there is a storage compartment. Storage areas are built into the front door with pockets and there are rear and front cup holders. The trunk space is approximately 16 cubic feet, and the headroom in the rear is a bit tight. The legroom, on the other hand, is quite ample and spacious for adults.
Performance & Handling
Providing agile handling and comfortable ride quality, the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta comes with a choice of models: Value Edition, 2.5, TDI, GLI, and 2.0T. The various engines are the 2.5-liter five-cylinder on 2.5 and Value Edition models that produce 150 horsepower with 170 lb-ft torque; the TDI comes with the diesel 1.9-liter, which makes 177 lb-ft torque and 100 hp; and the two-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with the GLI and 2.0T. Manual five-speed transmission is standard on the 2.5, TDI, and Value Edition, whereas the GLI and 2.0T comes with a manual six-speed. All of the models can opt for the automatic six-speed. The direct-shift gearbox of the Volkswagen is utilized on the GLI, 2.0T, and TDI with no clutch and as smooth as the conventional automatic.
Anti-lock brakes, side airbags for front seat passengers, and full length airbags for the back, all come as standard features for the Jetta line. Stability control comes either optional or standard depending on the model. The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta got four stars for passenger and driver protection in a crash test in frontal impacts and received five stars for side impacts. The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta also got the highest rating of ""good"" after the crash test for offset frontal-impact.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jetta Value Edition PZEV: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Jetta Value Edition: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Jetta 2.5: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Jetta 2.5 PZEV: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Jetta 2.0T: 22/29 mpg city/highway
Jetta GLI: 22/29 mpg city/highway
Jetta GTI: 30/38 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride
- Rich interior
- Many safety features standard
- Good build quality
- Crash test scoring excellent
- Tight handling on GLI model
- Turbo engine
You Won't Like
- Exterior styling is bland
- Higher priced
With a nearly a perfect balance between handling, riding, comfort, and features; this is a top recommendation for small auto buyers.
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