The Volkswagen Jetta offers a model for several tastes and price ranges. The inexpensive base sedan with its archaic engine is a disappointment in an era of nicer compacts. The 5-cylinder 2.5-liter engine, which is offered in the sedan or SportWagen, is plenty powerful and it gets 26 mpg. Pricing for the 2.5 sedan is quite reasonable, making it a good choice for most buyers. It's a little more expensive in the wagon, but buyers do get more content and engineering. The GLI is a refined sport sedan that is fun to drive and still within many budgets. The diesel-powered TDI comes in sedan and wagon form, offering good power and great fuel economy. It's a great alternative to today's hybrids.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Volkswagen Jetta in San Francisco. Kirk Bell reported after driving the TDI, GLI and SportWagen in Herndon, Virginia.