|2008 Vw Jetta Owners Manual|
A makeover in 2008 in an attempt to catch up to the selling power of the Civic and the Corolla, Volkswagen gave its Jetta midsize sedan. Leaving the 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine to the GLI, the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta boosts energy in its 2.5-liter inline five, including 20 to achieve 170 hp and 177 ft-lbs of torque. Transmission choices range between the standard 5-speed manual to an optional 6-speed automatic (the SEL trim comes just with the automated). The inline five normally available in a low-emissions PZEV version. But, drivers complain of the disappointing 21/29 mpg.
Now split into three trims (S, SE, and SEL), the front-wheel-drive sedan gets some more optional features at the same time it ditches some equipment that is standard. Gone are the real leather seats in the SE and SEL (replaced by leatherette), automatic environment control, and HomeLink storage opener. New are optional alloy that is 17-inch (standard on the SEL) and a sunroof, standard on SE and SEL and optional for the base S. A two-way power reclining motorist's seat is newly standard across the lineup. The sedan seats four in 2 rows, with 60/40 split-folding backside seats that function 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 energy features, cruise control, and a CD/MP3 player with an input jack stuck inconveniently into the glovebox. Moving up to the SE gets you a sunroof, heated seats, fabric trim, a fold-flat passenger seat, and a player that is 6-CD. The upscale SEL adds a trip computer, upgraded sound system, and wheel-mounted audio settings. 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 row that is front. Rear side curtain airbags are optional. Stability control is standard on SE and SEL trims.
Overall, motorists are pleased about the refined and smooth ride of the 2008 Jetta, and appreciate the power that is extra makes time invested when driving more fun. A large trunk, solid safety profile, and features such as satellite radio and heated seats also hot motorists' hearts. Criticisms concentrate on the boring exterior and reliability.
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