Monday, January 28, 2008

2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 SE

2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 SE

VW Jetta is a great car. It's small car. It seems when people think about compacts, the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus immediately come to mind. So, too, should the Jetta, if for no other reason than it sports one of the best chassis when compared with its heavy-hitting competition. The ride is the best we've encountered in this class, and it is smooth, both on the expressway and in the city. It's a confident handler, too. Steering is direct with a nice weight to it, and the car is surefooted around corners with an acceptable amount of roll.

The interior sets the standard, too, with great build quality and nice materials throughout. The Japanese competition just doesn't hold a candle to it.

We're not entirely thrilled about the inline - five, however. Throttle response is poor, and power is rather disappointing. Stand on the gas pedal and not all that much happens, even at the power peak. Overall, it's a coarse engine that only gingerly pulls you along. Thankfully, the manual gearbox is slick and a joy to use, making getting to the power a bit more satisfying.

New Volkswagen Jetta with a better engine, this would be the cream of the small - car crop.


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