2008 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

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Trims

S
Avg. Price: $8,668
S PZEV
Avg. Price: $8,931
SE
Avg. Price: $9,989
SE PZEV
Avg. Price: $9,800
SEL
Avg. Price: $9,900
SEL PZEV
Avg. Price: $10,027
Wolfsburg Edition
Avg. Price: $10,733
Wolfsburg Edition PZEV
Avg. Price: $10,838

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4.75 stars

Based on 42 reviews

It's One Awesome Car. I Plan On Looking At Vw Cars First The Next Time I Go Car Shopping. by rfecho
 — I thought I would never buy a four cylinder again until I came across my '08 2.0 turbo charged Wolfsburg Jetta. I love the acceleration response and handling. Sport mode really seems to haul. The o... Read More
Love My Laser Blue Jetta by LazerBlueJetta
 — 2008 Laser Blue Jetta SE. This car is asking for a race. Everywhere I go, I have rice burners wanting to race. It's somewhat fast on acceleration, but where it really shines is in the corners. Even ... Read More
2008 Vw Jetta 2.5 5 Cylinder, 5 Speed Manual Trans. by Wayne
 — The Jetta is a good all around car. The 5 cylinder version(170 hp, 177 lbs-ft torque) while not being the fastest car in the world still is peppy, has more than enough power to get out of its own way,... Read More

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

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2008 Volkswagen Jetta

In an attempt to catch up to the selling power of the Civic and the Corolla, Volkswagen gave its Jetta midsize sedan a makeover in 2008. Leaving the 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine to the GLI, the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta boosts power in its 2.5-liter inline five, adding 20 to achieve 170 hp and 177 ft-lbs of torque. Transmission choices range from the standard 5-speed manual to an optional 6-speed automatic (the SEL trim comes only with the automatic). The inline five is also available in a low-emissions PZEV version. However, drivers complain of the disappointing 21/29 mpg.

Now divided into three trims (S, SE, and SEL), the front-wheel-drive sedan gets a few more optional features at the same time that it ditches some standard equipment. Gone are the real leather seats in the SE and SEL (replaced by leatherette), automatic climate control, and HomeLink garage opener. New are optional 17-inch alloy wheels (standard on the SEL) and a sunroof, standard on SE and SEL and optional for the base S. A two-way power reclining driver's seat is newly standard across the lineup. The sedan seats four in two rows, with 60/40 split-folding rear seats that feature an armrest/trunk-passthrough. Owners love the spacious 16-cubic-foot trunk, but feel interior compartments and consoles could hold more.

The base S trim starts out with full power features, cruise control, and a CD/MP3 player with an input jack stuck inconveniently in the glovebox. Moving up to the SE gets you a sunroof, heated seats, leather trim, a fold-flat passenger seat, and a 6-CD player. The upscale SEL adds a trip computer, upgraded sound system, and wheel-mounted audio controls. The 2008 Jetta performs well in crash tests, earning top marks. All trims come equipped with ABS brakes and both dual front-side and side curtain airbags for the front row. Rear side curtain airbags are optional. Stability control is standard on SE and SEL trims.

Overall, drivers are pleased with the refined and smooth ride of the 2008 Jetta, and appreciate the extra power that makes time spent behind the wheel more fun. A large trunk, solid safety profile, and features such as satellite radio and heated seats also warm drivers' hearts. Criticisms focus on the boring exterior and reliability.

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