REVIEWS: 2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 SE

June 12, 2008
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0806 01 Z+2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2 5 SE+front Three Quarter View
Love this thing almost as much as I love the GTI. Proof that Volkswagen still knows how to build a fun, solid-feeling upmarket economy car, even if it does have all the long-term solidity of a brick of butter baking in the sun. Drives similarly to the GTI, although it's blessed with a back seat and a usable trunk. Feels much larger, but only marginally less entertaining, than a Rabbit or a GTI. It's also proof of just how poorly targeted, and how unpleasant and bumbling, the current Passat is. Everything the Passat isn't.
Sam Smith, Associate Editor
0806 03 Z+2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2 5 SE+rear Three Quarter View
This car didn't dazzle me quite as much as it did Sam, but I do agree that it's very good. I'm not a big fan of the somewhat lumpy action of VW's manual gearboxes, but the driving experience is still silky-smooth, even though this five-cylinder engine sounds a bit coarse when you rev it. The trunk is huge, the car is comfortable, and the Jetta's updated darker taillights add some much-needed character to its rather unremarkable styling.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
0806 02 Z+2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2 5 SE+front View

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