TheCarConnection.com researched reviews from around the Web, and found that other reviewers agree that the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta has a generic exterior style.
A redesign left the Volkswagen Jetta without its trademark angular style and with a “tame exterior,” Edmunds says. It laments the Jetta’s “dull exterior styling” that “contradicts the nameplate’s youthful image.” This opinion is seconded by The Auto Channel, which feels that the 2008 Jetta is “nothing very special to look at, particularly in [its] soft gray color.” Intellichoice echoes the sentiment: “Gone is the Teutonic styling, once elegant in its stark, purposeful appearance, replaced by a more staid, Japanese-influenced design.” It’s an “overgrown Toyota Corolla dressed in papa Passat's clothes,” they conclude. CNet had the opposite sentiment: “Gone are the boxy corners and the rectangular lights. VW has replaced them with more refined, curvaceous bodywork and lights that feature circles and ellipses.” Automedia liked it as well, calling it “crisp and handsome, with its sculpted wedge profile, strong upper and lower character lines and contemporary taillamps.”
“Unfortunately, the interior doesn't live up to the expectations generated by the exterior styling,” CNet continues. Edmunds, though, refers to its “elegant trim,” and Automedia thought “The roomier new interior is attractively designed and beautifully assembled from premium materials throughout.” Autoblog notices touches like the child-safety anchors in the backseat, where “even their rear LATCH point got prettied-up by one of the company’s designers with a brushed-steel look.”
TheCarConnection.com has criticized the current Volkswagen Jetta for its Corolla-like lines, which have given up on the car’s crisply European heritage. The interior, though, is precisely Volkswagen, with sophisticated looks and feel, switches that work smoothly, and grab handles that are well damped.