2006 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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2017
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While hybrids have garnered all the headlines and hype, diesel engines have maintained their traditional position, toiling away in anonymity while providing similar fuel economy to their shiny new hybrid brethren.

 

The availability of sleek-looking, fun-to-drive diesels like the Jetta TDI, along with the influence of VW’s sister company Audi’s recently announced diesel-powered Le Mans sports racer, should begin to boost the diesel from that anonymity.

 

The Jetta TDI isn’t just “fun for a diesel.” It is a genuinely entertaining ride, even for enthusiast drivers. The engine pulls strongly when it is on the turbo boost and the slick-shifting five-speed manual transmission slips easily into the intended gear every time, with the revs seemingly perfectly matched. The combination is an involving, amusing powertrain that conspires to keep the driver engaged even during the dullest commute, all while sipping its fuel oil at a miserly 40-ish miles per gallon.

 

Diesels past and present

 

While hybrids are the new kids on the block, Volkswagen has been here all along, selling its diesels to a group that dwindled dangerously close to cult status (see www.tdiclub.com).

 

Today’s VW diesel can barely be compared to the wheezing, smoking, gutless 48-horsepower oil burner that timidly urged the Rabbit and Dasher forward during the '70s oil crunch. Modern turbodiesels make so much power, so seamlessly and quietly that they can barely be discerned from gas-powered cars at highway speeds.

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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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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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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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