Advertisement
Go
2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Photo
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

?
Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$16,190
BASE MSRP
$16,990
Quick Take
The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta has great room and a great turbo engine option, though its character’s been diluted a little. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web
Styling
Performance
Quality
Safety
Features

“Great interiors and handsome exteriors”

Autoblog »

“Nothing very special to look at”

The Auto Channel »

“Dull exterior styling”

Edmunds »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$16,990 $22,900
MSRP $16,990
INVOICE $16,190 Browse used listings in your area
4-Door Manual PZEV S
Gas Mileage 21 mpg City/29 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I5, 2.5L
EPA Class Compact
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
See Detailed Specs »
8.0 out of 10
Browse Volkswagen Jetta Sedan inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

The Basics:

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.

Likes:

  • Interior room and quality
  • Sharp handling in GLI edition
  • Dual-clutch transmission
  • Coming diesel version

Dislikes:

  • Japanese styling
  • Dull five-cylinder acceleration
  • Features omitted, not added
Next: Interior / Exterior »
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.