2008 Volkswagen Jetta

2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2008 Volkswagen Jetta


The fifth-generation Volkswagen Jetta debuted in 2005 with generous amounts of chrome and rounded styling meant to signify a more grown-up and sophisticated car. The base S and mid-level SE trims come with a standard five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic; the high-line SEL can only be had with the automatic. S, SE, and SEL models are powered by a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine. The high-performance GLI and the limited-production Wolfsburg Edition come with a 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four paired with a six-speed traditional manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, VW’s Direct Shift Gearbox. Underneath the sheetmetal, the Jetta is mechanically similar to the Rabbit hatchback and has a solid feel and ride combined with sporty handling.


German-car feel without the Euro sticker shock, just like it has always been.

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What’s New for 2008

The GLI is hot stuff, but the new Wolfsburg Edition is nearly the same vehicle. Automatic climate control has left the building. The driver’s side seat has power recline standard on all trim levels.