A More Mature Jetta

by : Anthony Fontanelle

The Volkswagen Jetta is a small family car produced by German automaker Volkswagen. It was first introduced to the world at the 1979 Frankfurt Auto Show and was produced in 1980. The name was derived from the Jet stream, which follows the tradition of naming cars with various winds.

The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, now a larger sedan that falls more into a small sedan category than a compact class.

For 2008, Volkswagen has changed, deleted, and added many features from the older version. The 2008 Jetta Sedan is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, available in 8 trims, ranging from the S to the Wolfsburg Edition PZEV that was introduced at the New York Auto show in 2007.

"The S is equipped with a standard 2.5 liter, I5, 170-horsepower engine that achieves 21-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The Wolfsburg Edition PZEV is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, I4, 200-horsepower, turbo engine that achieves 21-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional." Notably, the sedan gets a bump up in power. It offers more solid performance than previous models.

Jetta has taken a more mature look with the redesigned fifth-generation. Due to this, some critics say that this Jetta is less distinctive than earlier models. But one thing that made it look more modern is the deletion of boxy corners and rectangular light assemblies. New additions of include chrome accents underneath the grille, round headlights, and sloping hood and front . One thing that made it more practical is that it's substantially larger than older models.

Good materials, comfortable seats and a roomy space are offered by the new Jetta.

The Jetta comes standard with power windows and power mirrors, cruise control, manual climate control, outside temperature display, a four-way adjustable steering column and eight-way adjustable cloth seats. . The huge 16-cubic foot trunk will swallow much more luggage than a usual mid size sedan can.

Entertainment features include an AM/FM stereo that includes an MP3-compatible CD player with an auxiliary input jack

Jettas come standard with many safety features including front side-impact air bags, curtain/head air bags, anti-lock brakes and traction control. Stability control is standard on SE and SEL trims, optional on the S trim.