2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta has great room and a great turbo engine option, though its character’s been diluted a little.

The car experts at TheCarConnection.com studied a wide range of road tests of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta to write this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com’s editors also drove the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta and have added driving impressions and details, where they help you to sort through other opinions and to choose your perfect car.

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta is in its third year on the market in its current body style. With a range of five-cylinder and turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a sport version, and wagon and diesel versions on tap for late 2008, the Jetta offers a sportier alternative to the compact sedans from Honda, Toyota, GM, and Ford.

With its restyling in the 2006 model year, though, the Volkswagen Jetta adopted a shape that some critics think is too similar to its Japanese competition. Some feel the new Jetta looks too much like a large Toyota Corolla, and not enough like its own crisply European ancestors. The interior, though, is precisely Volkswagen, with sophisticated looks and feel, switches that work smoothly, and grab handles that are well damped.

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta’s powertrains start mediocre and finish brilliant. The base engine is a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder with 177 pound-feet of torque. It’s a flat performer with either the notchy five-speed manual or the six-speed automatic. Volkswagen’s marvelous 2.0-liter turbocharged four, with 200 hp, is standard on the Jetta GLI, and it can be ordered with the magnificent dual-clutch transmission, easily the most entertaining drivetrain on the new Jetta. Fuel economy ranges from 22/29 mpg with the five-cylinder to 21/29 mpg with the turbo four--but a diesel version with up to 50 mpg highway fuel economy arrives at the end of summer 2008.

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta is a roomy sedan, with a tall ceiling. It gives occupants more room to stretch their legs, bodies, and necks than the average compact, and it has a cavernous 16-cubic-foot trunk with fold-down rear seats for even more storage. The 2008 Jetta no longer offers automatic climate control or leather seats, but a sunroof and a premium sound system are options.

All 2008 Volkswagen Jettas feature front side-impact airbags, full-length curtain/head airbags, and anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Electronic stability control is optional on the base and midtrim models, and it's standard on GLI. The Jetta gets four stars from the NHTSA for front-impact protection and five stars for side impacts.

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March 28, 2017
For 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Good reliable car!

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For the ones who are looking for comfort and a reliable car bigger than a corolla or a civic this is the one!
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February 15, 2016
For 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

We love our 2015 Jetta TDI sedan.

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We have completed 10,000 miles since purchase. The performance around town and on trips has been excellent and completely reliable. We find the car comfortable and with features that we use regularly.
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December 6, 2015
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity

2015 TDI at gas engine performance and hybrid economy (46+ mpg overall 5k miles)

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Best all around car in its class. Smooth, quiet and as ecomonical as a hybrid. I'm sure VW will make good on their emission fixes. These engines are still the best on the market, and don't need $1k worth of... + More »
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August 13, 2015
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL Premium

DUDE, VW is my car!

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I love this hybrid. While the battery is fairly small at 1.x Kwh, it is decent enough to boost the MPG to 48. I bought the hybrid instead of the TDI as my daily commute is too short to get the benefit of the... + More »
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May 13, 2015
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL

I love this Car!

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I am a Big VW TDI Fan and this one is no exception with a new engine more HP stick shift just a fun car to drive!! Love the new Safety items HID AFS HEADLIGHTS blind spot monitor rear Collision avoidance as... + More »
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October 11, 2015
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI

Great value for the price

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Would not have bought a VW except for the diesel availability. Would have bought it even had I known about its emissions cheating. I just hope when recalled the MPG & drive ability will not be comprimised. If... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Decent car but a few niggles.

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Hard to get in and out and not as good in the snow compared to last vehicle. Heater warms up slowly here in Canada and there are a few rattles. Other than that it is a great quiet car to drive, is peppy, has... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

JETTA TDI Great mileage & Performance!

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Really like my Jetta TDI diesel: * Great mileage About 37 MPG ! * Lots of torque for fast acceleration ! * Fit & Finish High Quality! * More fun to drive & more comfortable than my 2012 Prius! * Great... + More »
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February 8, 2017
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid SEL Premium

Economical Sedan that's fun to drive

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I bought this Jetta Hybrid used with 13,000 miles. I had a TDI Sportswagen before and this was an upgrade in all areas, esp features. Seemed like a different car. I added Koni coil-overs and they improved the... + More »
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August 27, 2016
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S

Overall a good ownership experience

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The overall impression of ownership has been decent. I do like my car. There have been little quirks with me going through headlights quite regularily, but the overall build of the car is very solid. Fuel... + More »
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