Review: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta


Volkswagen offers rather generous warranties akin to those from the luxury marques, such as Audi and Lexus. The Jetta comes with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, along with four-year/50,000-mile coverage for all other parts of the vehicle, and four-year/unlimited-mileage roadside assistance.

More luxurious and larger than the four prior generations, the new Volkswagen Jetta packs enough upscale features to appeal to upwardly mobile Golf and Jetta owners, while drawing new buyers into the fold.

What's Hot

  • Superb interior quality
  • Numerous safety features
  • Lots of standard equipment

    What's Not

  • Dull styling
  • Pricey with options
  • Performance hampered by weight

    Everything! A brand-new car, the Jetta went on sale in the spring of 2005, with the GLI available in the summer of 2005.

    When reviewing the limited option packages, if you're tempted to outfit the base model with more equipment, consider stepping up to the 2.5. This will net numerous advanced features, including electronic stability control, automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD changer stereo with satellite radio and MP3 capability, and heated front seats. If you're an enthusiast driver, we recommend you go for the GLI, as the base 2.5-liter engine is quite tame.

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