Mar 19, 2006
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $24,205
Likes

Significantly larger—only one cubic foot smaller than last Passat. Snappy performer with 200-hp turbo, 6-speed transmission; precise electro-mechanical steering; intuitive controls, including sunroof. Six air bags, reactive headrests, “smart” brake and traction controls. Large 16-cubic-foot trunk. Heated seats win friends, gas mileage better than expected (about 25 in town).

Dislikes

Audi “Joe Camel” family grill definitely acquired taste. Gas station attendant thought car was cheaper Toyota Corolla, probably not what VW had in mind.

Verdict

Volkswagen bounces back with nicely finished Jetta that’s market-correct. This is VW’s bread-and-butter car—it has to be right. Sales are up slightly; perhaps the Phaeton nightmare is over and VW will focus on the product that actually makes it money.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
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