2002 Volkswagen Jetta

Change Vehicle

2002 Volkswagen Jetta

Search Inventory Near You


Available in 16 styles:  2002 Volkswagen Jetta 4dr Sedan shown
Print


Asking Price Range
$2,410–$8,566

Estimated MPG

19–42 city / 26–49 hwy


See Photos & Videos


Expert Reviews

    Expert Reviews 2 of 2

By 

washingtonpost.com
She'd gone back to Barney Street, to a time when her age was just childhood. That was 43 years ago in Marshall, Tex., where she grew up. Now she was reminiscing in the whirr of traffic on I-95, heading south toward Richmond. I tried to listen, but my mind was lost somewhere in the fifth gear of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GLX.

I was smiling, and perhaps my wife thought I was following her story. But I was lost in wonder. How do the Germans come up with cars like these -- station wagons that handle as well as sports coupes?

We cleared the bottleneck at Springfield. Traffic was flowing at a de facto legal speed.

The road has its own democracy. The posted speed limit might be 55 or 65. But if everyone is moving faster, effectively rewriting the law with pedal to metal, you'd better keep up -- or get out of the way.

I chose to keep up. It was easy. In fifth gear, the wagon was cruising. Its 174-horsepower VR6 engine was breathing nicely, showing no evidence of strain. It would have been good, I thought, if VW had put a six-speed manual transmission in this one. But that was the notion of a recalcitrant throttle jockey.

Interstate 95 is not Germany's autobahn, where traffic moves at fiber-optic speed and efficiency. By comparison, I-95 is an unimproved back road. Why bother puting a six-speed hot rod there?

Besides, the five-speed car was doing well enough -- better than "well," actually. It displayed none of the skittishness often found in other front-wheel-drive cars at high speeds. It changed lanes with authority. This was good. A car that moves with confidence gives its driver confidence, too.

But on this drive, the challenge was to keep confidence from veering into recklessness. The danger stemmed from the temptation to engage in risky highway behavior, such as zooming in front of trucks in close quarters, simply because the car was fast enough to pull off that stunt.

High performance is seductive. So is safety. Some people in safe cars compromise safety by betting that their cars will save them from everything. That's ridiculous, of course. But there is an illusory freedom behind the wheel of a car, such as the Jetta Wagon GLX, that is equipped with standard anti-lock brakes, front bags, side bags, head bags and a rigid body with well-engineered crumple zones. You feel invulnerable.

But my wife's voice checked my libido. She was talking about family road trips with her late father, William McDonald Reed, in a 1956 Nash Rambler Custom Cross Country wagon. The Reed kids called the car "Nash Reed."

The Nash also had six cylinders, but it was primitive in comparison with the new Jetta Wagon GLX. Pa and Ma Reed would pile six children into that car with no air bags, anti-lock brakes, side-impact protection -- none of that. Certainly the Nash lacked the Jetta Wagon GLX's amenities -- heatable leather-faced seats, wood trim, auto matic air conditioning, premium sound system, sunroof and myriad other goodies.

They'd drive all night from Marshall to New Orleans, or Marshall to Houston, and somehow they'd get there in one piece.

"Times change," I said.

There was no response. Her reverie continued unimpeded. "Whatever happened to that car?" she asked about the Nash.

"Gone," I said. "Long gone."


    Expert Reviews 2 of 2

Featured Services for this Volkswagen Jetta

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.