Compare 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen vs 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Manual S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Automatic S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Manual SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.5L Automatic SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.0L Manual TDI 30 41 $22,503 $23,870
4-Door 2.0L Automatic TDI 29 40 $23,602 $24,970
4-Door 2.0T Manual PZEV SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Manual SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Automatic PZEV SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
4-Door 2.0T Automatic SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
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4-Door Wagon
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon 21 26 $15,033 $15,970
2-Door Convertible 21 26 $17,346 $18,430
4-Door Wagon Touring 19 24 $18,504 $19,785
4-Door Wagon Limited 18 24 $21,899 $23,515
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,400
$15,033
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,075
$15,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$318 / month
$266 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way. The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Wagon Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 40.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 39.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 41.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 53.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 39.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.1 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 40.6
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 49.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91.7 98.8
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 67.1
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
179.4 168.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
59.2 63.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 58.2
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 103.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.98 11 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.47 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8.97 x 1.57
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 15.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 18.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 36.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TNC
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TNC
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3228 3070
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 510
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 120
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/151.0 2.4L/148
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 150 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 165 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA EDZ
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 26
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA DD5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.55
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Chrysler PT Cruiser
Body Style
4 Door Small Station Wagon
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multilink Twist beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Macpherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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