Jetta is one of Volkswagen's most popular cars as it brings European luxury stylings and designs and wraps them in an economy price. The 2007 Jetta is part of the fifth generation of models introduced in the 2006 year. Previous Jettas were available in wagon versions, but for 2007 VW is offering only a sedan. There are four different models which vary in features and engine that range from an entry level price of $16,000 to the fully loaded GLI which comes in at $31,000. This broad range of prices makes it competitive to the other compact cars such as the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra, while on the upper end making it compete with Nissan's Altima. With the new generation Volkswagen focused on strength and rigidity using high strength steel and laser welding in the manufacturing process.
Two engines are available for the Jetta, one for the economic models, and a more powerful engine for the sporty models. The base and 2.5 model engine is a 2.5 liter in-line 5 cylinder that produces 150 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission comes standard, with 6-speed automatic available as an option. Controlling 2.0T and GLI modes contain a 4 cylinder turbocharged engine producing 200HP. For the sport models the manual transmission moves up to a 6-speed standard, with 6-speed automatic optional. Both automatic transmissions feature a Triptronic manual shifter for extra control, with the sport model containing a Direct Shift Gearbox.
Inside the Jetta accommodates five people with 91 cubic feet of interior room. On the storage side there is 16 cubic feet. The 60/40 folding seats extend the storage space available.
Every feature the Jetta base model contains comes standard on the more expensive variations, unless a more improved feature is provided instead.
Base model ($16,490) - 8 speaker CD stereo system with auxiliary input and mp3 compatible, air conditioning, 15 inch steel wheels. On the safety end there's front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution.
Jetta 2.5 ($18,750) - wheels are upgraded to 16 inch, and stability electronics are added.
Jetta 2.0T ($22,750) - wheels are upgraded to 17 inch alloy, the steering wheel gets wrapped in leather, and the trunk can be opened remotely.
Jetta GLI ($24,750) - all the upgraded features of the 2.0T with other sporty touches, such as alloy pedals and a leather shift knob.
Front crash test - Good
Side impact test - Good
National Highway Safety Traffic Association (NHTSA)
Front crash driver's side - 4 stars
Front crash passenger's side - 4 stars
Side crash front seat - 5 stars
Side crash rear seat - 5 stars