2009 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 40 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 18 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"brakes" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"expensive car" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 3 reviews

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Matt writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review
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Diesel fuel efficiency, diesel torque, outstanding interior build quality, impressive safety features.

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Maintenance costs.

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I Would By Another '05-'09 Jetta In A Heartbeat. — After 7 months and about 12,000 miles, I am very pleased with my TDI. The 2.0 TDI has not left me wanting for power; I appreciate that it has 236 lb. ft. of torque. The engine clatters a bit on a cold start-up, but is otherwise refined. I have never had to wait more than 3 seconds for the glow plugs to cycle. Fuel economy has been outstanding. I mainly use the car to commute, and have averaged about 43.5 MPG to date. In town, I average 40-42, while on the highway I've routinely averaged 45-48 MPG. My best average to date, for one trip, has been 49.6 MPG. That's pretty damn impressive. The build quality of the Jetta is superior to every other car in its class (indeed, it's better than some vehicles that cost much more). The solid "slam" of the doors is reassuring and gives the car a substantial feel. The soft-touch surfaces on the dash and door panels are outstanding and would not be out of place in a car that costs $10k more. As with all VW cars...service is expensive. However, I have not had problems to date and do not anticipate any. I bought the car because I needed something efficient for my 80 mile (round- trip) commute. The car has certainly delivered on the promise of impressive fuel-efficiency. I am very disappointed that VW chose to cheapen (quite drastically) the interior of the 2011 Jetta. I will not be replacing my '09 with a next-gen Jetta.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gary92021 writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review
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Fun car and great fuel mileage

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Wind noise will drive you nuts

Gary92021
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Test Drive Any 2009 On The Highway Before You Buy - The Noise Will Make You Rethink The Value. — This is our 4th Jetta TDi. It was one of the best cars for the price and fuel mileage is excellent. The '09 has the new diesel engine which finally gave it the HP it needed. The complaint nearly every 2009 owner has - excessively high wind noise at the A-Pillars. VW does NOT want to fix it since most the 2009 do it - so it is by design. Do a Google search and you we see the high level of complaints on the 2009. Wrote to VW and the answer was "do bad so sad..." They should learn their lesson from Toyota!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Karthik writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE Review
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Safety, Mileage, Comfort, Spacious, Sound System, Moon Roof, Air Conditions and Durability

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Nothing

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Me And My Jetta — This is the Amazing Compact car I ever owned, Much better than Hondas & Toyotas. There is no comparison when it comes to Long rides. Silent cabin is best in the car. Boot space is better than Camry. My Babies love my car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joyce196 writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Loyal Edition Review
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Lots Of Fun To Drive And Great Mileage Too! — The mileage we've been getting has been fantastic! We took a trip to New Hampshire, 3 1/2 hours, and got 46.7 miles/gal. Around here (combination in-town & highway driving), I've been getting about 40 m/g. The turbo gives it lots of pickup when I need it, which is one of the reasons I was hesitant about buying a highbred. I consider this a safety feature when merging with traffic on a highway entrance ramp and other situations where I need to quickly get out of someone's way. It is surprisingly quiet for a diesel. My husband is particularly sensitive to car and road noise and he is as enthusiatic as I am about the car.

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rocketman_1 writes:
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great gas mileage. Very comfortable ride. Really good sound system. Fabulous DSG transmission.

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DSG trans needed a $300 oil and filter change @ 50K.  I figure I have have saved over $3400 in fuel costs vs. my old Acura , which averaged 21mpg.

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Great Gas Saver! — handles well, is well made, absolutely no problems so far. Considered a Prius, but this is much more fun to drive. We have driven this Jetta from FL. to NM twice, and found it to be very comfortable. Really good sound system. Fabulous DSG transmission. I have recently taken this car on a two lane road with a lot of fast sweepers. This car handles amazing well. Brakes are excellent too. (I used have a Boxster S, and was a Porsche Club track driving instructor for over ten years). Local dealer suggested I replace timing belt @ 82K. Manual says 120K. Another customer with the identical car said VW would "stand behind" a timing belt failure that occurred before the recommended mileage. Service manager seemed to confirm this. I have mostly cleared up my scratched headlights with a Mother's powerball kit. It took about 2 hours. You could probably get it done professionally with less effort.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Hotes writes:
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Great car for the price.  I should have kept it but decided to upgrade to the new 2011 version of the same make and model.  This actually turned out to be  a downgrade with many features I liked in the older 2009 model that the newer one did not have.  

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None that I can think of at the moment.  I traded up because it was involved in an accident and I let my superstitions get to me thinking it would never be right again.

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Should Have Kept It! — It was a great car and even though it was involved in an accident, in retrospect I should have kept it. I think it handled better than the newer model of 2011 and it had many features that the newer model does not for some reason.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bill123_ writes:
2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Review
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Performance, handling, gas mileage quality.

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wide console, narrow seats, poor driver door control placement

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Solid Performing Car, Built Well, But Needs More Driver Interior Space. — Owned for about 1.5 yrs. Avg. 27 miles per gallon. Has 18,000 miles. Ride is pretty good and solid, but firm, almoast to the point where its too firm. I guess a trade off for the great handling. My biggest gripes are the interior design- The size of the console- too wide- intrudes on leg room, seats are narrow, and drivers door controls could be better placed. The seat adjustment is not so good either, to get the bottom seat cushion level I need to pump up the seat to the point my head is hitting the roof. Wish it was electric hieght adjustment like other cars. The 2.0 turbo engine is sweet, the DSG is good once your moving. from a start it lags, and feels weird when coming to a stop. The sport mode holds shifts too long, requiring backing off of the gas to let it shift. Paddle shifters would have been a nice addition. I had 4 VWs before this all sticks. I wish I would have gotten the Jetta in a stick as well. I did take it for a run down the 1/4 mile a few times. My best time so far is 14.8 @ 94 MPH. That's on a full tank of gas, and just punching the gas, not using the launch control. No mods- car is bone stock. Had a noise in the front end, dealer replaced strut bearings and springs. Appaerently there were factory quality issues w/ the front springs. Other than that the car has performed flawlessy. I see on the 11 model golf/GTI the console is smaller, and the door controls are situated better. I guess this was a common gripe w/ other owners too.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lovethecar6 writes:
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Precise handling and brakes, power and features

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None

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I Am Very Impressed With The Design And Soundness Of Construction. — I like the precise handling and braking. The suspension is a good balance of comfort and sportiness. The manual transmission and clutch operate with precision. I got the cheapest model available and it still has all the power features, terrific 8-speaker stereo, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, stability control, traction control, electronic differential lock and heated seats. Plus, it has front seat and side curtain air-bags. I don't understand some reviewers complaining about expensive service, the maintenance is pre-paid for the first 36,000 miles! Yes, it takes more than 6-quarts of expensive synthetic oil; but for anyone wanting to take care of their car, that's a good thing. The standard 2.5L engine has 170-hp, way more than anything in its size/price category. Because of the standard safety features and anti-theft device, insurance is cheaper than my Honda!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Nick writes:
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Its quick and looks good and the sound system is wonderful

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not much at all..gas mileage could be better but its not really that bad at 29 MPG

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Jetta 2.0t — Absolutely love this car to death..its not the fastest car on the road I know that much but the 2.0T engine can hold its own easily against most cars. I traded in my 2007 Accord for this car and I have not one regret. If youre going to get a Jetta get the 2.0T engine because the 2.5 is not even close.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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csmtaylor writes:
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It is a great car. It handles very nicely, the fuel mileage is out of this world! It is styalish and comfortable as well.

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It is a little expensive to repair, but what foreign car isn't. The fuel savings more that makes up for the repair expense.

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Fantastic Car! — I really enjoyed owning this car! The look and comfort are great and the fuel milage on the highway averaged between 500 and 600 miles per tank. I plan on buying another Jetta TDI as soon as I find the one I want! I travel a lot for my work so I tend to put miles on my cars. Another nice thing about this car is that as long as it's maintained properly, high miles aren't a problem.

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

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