2005 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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Spring is around the corner, and several automakers have already introduced 2006 models. Meanwhile, many 2005 models have been on sale for over a year — so you’d think there would be no more ’05s to be introduced. But wait, there is one more — VW’s 2005 new Jetta. The word “new” has to be inserted in its name, as the “old” Jetta has also been available as a 2005 model for many months.

Confusing? Yes, which is why VW tells us to think of the “new” Jetta as a 2006 model, even if it isn’t officially.

It should be though, as the all new fifth-generation Jetta is totally different from the previous generation in looks and feel.

The Jetta is a critically important model to Volkswagen in the U.S. It is the company’s best-selling model here, and also the best-selling European model in the U.S. VW’s sales have dropped precipitously in the last couple of years and, sadly, this is nothing unusual for VW as its U.S. sales always seem to drop during the first half of every decade.

And in each of the past four decades a new model has helped the company’s revival. Last time it was the New Beetle and the previous Jetta. This time VW’s turnaround will be almost entirely reliant on the new Jetta as the Phaeton and Touareg are too upmarket to ever be volume sellers.

The Jetta celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and it has always been a car that appeals to Americans far more than Europeans. In Europe it is called the Bora and its sales are miniscule compared to the Golf. As all manufacturers have discovered, Americans do not like hatchbacks while Europeans far prefer them.

That’s why the Jetta is being made exclusively in Mexico and will be exported around the world within a few months. It also explains why the Golf, which is already on sale in Europe, is still months away form being introduced in North America. Once it does reach these shores it’ll put VWoA in an awkward financial position. It’s supposed to be a less expensive vehicle than the Jetta yet as it is built in Europe it will actually cost VW more to make than the Jetta. It’s no wonder the new Jetta is considered so critical to VW at this juncture in its history.

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May 11, 2017
2017 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T S Manual

This is the best car I have ever owned.

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With this being the 1.4l engine this car has a lot of pep. The standard transmission is smooth and almost impossible to stall. The base model does not feel like you are in a base model car. It has lots of... + More »
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October 3, 2015
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Base

stick transmission still geared to tight 1 gear still the same shift to soon..

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Brakes as not as good as i would like,1st gear still the same must shift to soon but still like the car
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April 28, 2015
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Base

its a great car.

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design is sleek, interior is very nice, the features could be better, and fuel economy is pretty good
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April 9, 2015
For 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

WORST CAR YOU CAN PURCHASE

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This being my first big purchase, I am FURIOUS with what I got myself into. I was already hesitant in purchasing a Volkswagen because of all the mixed reviews I heard about it, however, i decided to go with it... + More »
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October 26, 2015
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Jetta

2013 Jetta TDI is a stellar traveling companion with amazing fuel economy!

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The overall build quality of the car feels solid, from opening and closing doors to the way it hugs corners it just all feels well engineered. The interior seating space is big enough to fit 4 average adults... + More »
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May 13, 2015
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Jetta

love the style and gas mileage

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It is just an all round vehicle. Gas mileage is the most important
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May 12, 2015
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Jetta

Sleek quiet car

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When you close the doors it feels very solid. It is a very quiet ride. The comfortable cruising speed that seems like you are not going fast at all is about 80 mph. It looks great for a midsize sedan. Very... + More »
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May 1, 2016
For 2006 Volkswagen Jetta

Reliable and good looking car, for an affordable price.

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The engine needs to be updated, not just to create an asymetric 5 cyl trembling engine. Size and shape are ok, reliability is ok as well, but when it comes to quality, and finishes, needs to be improved... + More »
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July 20, 2015
1999 Volkswagen Jetta 4-Door Sedan TDI Manual

-Wonderful Biofuel Low Pollution High MPG Compact

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Likable car, easy to take care of - durable. German engineering without the high price tag. Tracks well, designed well. Good power for climbing mountains, and not fast acceleration. Fuel mileage is... + More »
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