2008 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Its Competition

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta bridges the size gap among compact sedans.

The Honda Civic is a close competitor, but it’s not as handsome as the Jetta.

It does offer a coupe body style, a hybrid version, and a natural-gas drivetrain, as well as a better reputation for reliability.

The Ford Fusion has a nicely creased style, available all-wheel drive, and a big V-6 engine.

It shares some running gear with the Mazda6, which gets a rounded new style for 2009, as well as a more refined interior.

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S2008 Volkswagen Jetta
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta has great room and a great turbo engine option, though its character’s been diluted a little.
8.2
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
8.6
The 2009 Mazda6 could easily steal sales from the traditional class leaders if non-gearheads discover it.
MSRP From  
$16,990$19,035$18,550
Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
CompactMid-Size SedanMidsize
Style Name  
4-Door Manual S4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
Manual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2009 Ford Fusion2008 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2009 Mazda MAZDA6