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2008 Volkswagen Jetta

  • 2008 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/207
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $24,300
  • 2008 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $22,900
  • 2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $20,925
  • 2008 Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $18,065
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Has European elegance with an upscale interior and comfortable ride.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta is a good choice for drivers who are searching for a small sedan with a European flair at a reasonable price. According to Volkswagen, the name ?Jetta? comes from the Atlantic Jetstream and a modern day jetliner. This car can be described as an upscale economy car; words that are normally not seen together when describing a car. Volkswagen, however, manages to keep the Jetta true to this description year after year. This little sedan is put together with class and upscale materials but sells at an economy car price.

The Jetta sedan comes in four models in 2008, which are the S, SE, SEL, and the limited edition Wolfsburg. Included this year is a wealth of standard safety features. In addition, this vehicle gives occupants a smooth and pleasant ride.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed automatic, six speed manual
Models: S, SE, SEL, Wolfsburg Edition

What's New

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta has a few changes, such as an increase in power due to a revised 2.5-liter standard engine good for 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The limited edition Wolfsburg Edition model has been revised with a 2.0T engine, and the models have new names: S, SE, and SEL. The two-way recline feature for the driver seat is now standard on all models.

Formerly, the car’s corners were boxy and the headlights were rectangular; however, in 2008, the headlights are round and the fenders and hood have a more sloping appearance. In additional, chrome accents have been added under the grille.

Exterior

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta is visually striking. Its fenders and hood have a sloping design with round headlights and chrome accents on the grille. In addition, the front and rear bumpers are identical to the body color. The Jetta exterior is also equipped with daytime running lights, power mirrors on the passenger and driver sides, halogen headlights, and rear window defogger.

The S base model comes with the standard feature of 16-inch wheels, the SE model bumps it up to 16-inch alloy wheels, and the SEL and Wolfsburg Edition both have 17-inch alloy wheels. The exterior measures the length at 179.3 inches, the width at 70.1 inches, the height at 57.4 inches, the wheelbase at 101.5 inches, and the curb to curb turning circle is 35.8 feet. The trunk measures 16 cubic feet.

Interior

The interior of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta is one of the reasons it is described as an upscale economy car. It is put together with quality materials and built with care, including the base S model. The roof in the front is tall, which gives the impression of roominess. That is not the case as much in the rear, which is a bit tight but has plenty of legroom. Head room in the front measures 35.8 inches and in the rear, it is 37.2 inches, and the front legroom is 41.2 inches and 35.4 inches in the rear.

The interior features consist of adjustable driver and passenger seat lumbar support, two-way power driver seat, driver and passenger height adjustable seats, bucket seats in front, and a split rear seatback. The power features are remote power door locks, power mirrors, and remote window operation. The numerous convenience features include a console with storage, front cup holders, cruise control, door pockets, seatback storage, remote trunk release, and 12-volt power outlets. The comfort features include air filtration, air-conditioning, front reading lights, and dual illuminating mirrors. In addition, the Jetta is equipped with an AM/FM in-dash single CD player and MP3 playback stereo with eight speakers, speed sensitive volume controls, and an auxiliary MP3 audio input.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta delivers a comfortable ride and excellent handling. On the road, the Jetta feels solid and has a quiet ride. It has enough pep to handle most situations and is a pro at handling curves. The steering is smooth and responsive due to the new electro-mechanical power steering.

Safety

The SE and SEL model’s standard safety features are four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, seat-mounted side airbags for the front occupants, and curtain airbags. Additionally, the SE and SEL models have standard stability control, which is optional on the base S model. Other standard safety equipment on the Jetta are a remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency brake assist, engine immobilizer, turn signal mirrors, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, emergency interior trunk release, post-collision safety system, driver and passenger head restraint whiplash protection system, and tire pressure monitoring.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Jetta five-speed manual: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Jetta six-speed automatic: 22/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Upscale interior
  • Pleasant ride
  • Abundant safety features
  • First-class build

You Won't Like

  • Disappointing gas mileage for an economy car
  • Power is only adequate

Sum Up

Has European elegance with an upscale interior and comfortable ride.

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