• (4.2) 81 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,168–$8,828
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 26-38
  • Engine: 200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2006 Volkswagen Jetta

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Volkswagen Jetta

What We Don't Like

  • Performance at higher elevations
  • Engine noise when accelerating
  • Difficult manual seat adjustment

Notable Features

  • Gasoline or diesel power
  • Manual or automatic
  • New GLI performance model
  • Six standard airbags

2006 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Halfway through the 2005 model year, Volkswagen launched a redesigned Jetta. For 2006, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 200 horsepower is available. Additional engine choices include a 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder and a diesel four-cylinder.

For 2006, a new Jetta GLI powered by the turbocharged engine features a sport suspension, 17-inch wheels, rocker panels and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights as standard equipment. Jettas are manufactured in Puebla, Mexico.


Exterior
Exhibiting a sleeker look than the prior-generation Jetta, the current model has a large trapezoidal grille. Wheels are available in 15- , 16- , 17- or 18-inch diameters, and the Jetta uses an electromechanical power-steering system. A sunroof is optional.

Interior
Up to five people can fit inside the Jetta, which has front bucket seats and a three-place 60/40-split, folding rear seat. Non-intruding hinges help provide sufficient luggage space in the trunk, which holds 16 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a CD stereo with 10 speakers, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Leather seating surfaces and a navigation system are optional.


Under the Hood
The base engine in the Jetta is a 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that produces 150 hp and drives either a five-speed-manual or six-speed-automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual gear selection and a Sport mode. The direct-injection, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder generates 200 hp and 207 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a six-speed manual or a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox automated manual transmission. Volkswagen's 1.9-liter TDI (diesel) four-cylinder develops 100 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque and works with a five-speed manual or the Direct Shift Gearbox.

Safety
Antilock brakes, traction control, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain-type airbags are standard. Side-impact airbags for outboard rear passengers are optional. Volkswagen's Electronic Stabilization Program is standard on all models but the Value Edition, where it is optional.

Driving Impressions
In ordinary driving, the Jetta delivers vigorous throttle response, and the automatic transmission operates effortlessly. Passing response is markedly less energetic on upgrades at higher elevations. Significant hesitation before the transmission downshifts may occur when stepping on the gas.

The Jetta feels particularly substantial, if a little on the heavy side. The suspension is definitely firm, but it doesn't impair the ride on smooth highways. Steering feel is excellent, and the Jetta stays neatly on course. With wholly predictable handling, it's simply masterful through curves. Body lean is minimal through tight mountain switchbacks.

Apart from some noticeable engine sounds while accelerating and some road noise, the Jetta is fairly quiet. It's spacious up front but a tad restricted in terms of elbowroom, and some drivers could hit their right knee on the wide console. The gauges are large and easy to read, and visibility is very good. The seats are beautifully cushioned and appropriately bolstered; they also offer good thigh and back support.


Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

Average based on 81 reviews

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Reliable

by Twinmama from Fullerton, CA on November 6, 2017

This car is reliable and spacious. It gets good gas mileage and is a pleasure to drive. It has plenty of power and drives smoothly.

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
A
Overall Rear
A
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
A

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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