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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
“Volkswagen didn’t skimp on the safety features”
“Provides an exceptionally strong safety rating”
Kelley Blue Book
Four stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
One of the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta’s biggest selling points is its strong safety record. The Jetta has a long list of safety features wrapped in a sturdy body that fares well in crash tests.
In independent crash tests, the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta earned high marks from both the NHTSA and IIHS, the latter giving the Jetta its top score in both frontal-offset and side-impact crashes.
First and foremost among the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta’s safety credentials is the list of standard safety features on the car. Mother Proof appreciates that the “super-strong door beams protect passengers in the event of a collision” and notes that all Jettas feature a “nifty traction control system to help with slippery roads.” Other safety features include such necessary items as anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and six airbags that come standard.
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 2008 Volkswagen Jetta performs well in crash tests and has good standard safety equipment.