(4.4) 52 reviews
MSRP: $3,311$10,455
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 24-35
Engine: 140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (diesel)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2009 Volkswagen Jetta

Our Take on the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta

Our Take

The Jetta is a premium compact sedan that's offered in S, SE and SEL trim levels. There's also a high-speed GLI Jetta, a diesel (TDI) and a station wagon variant. The Jetta's competitors include the Honda Civic and Mazda3. (Skip to details on the: GLI and SportWagen)The Jetta gets ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Wide center console

Notable Features

  • Optional diesel
  • Wagon model
  • GLI performance model
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

It's rare to find a car that mixes fun-to-drive performance with fuel-sipping economy, but that's the Volkswagen Jetta.Available in sedan or wagon variations, the front-wheel-drive Jetta turbodiesel is an intriguing alternative to a gasoline engine. Direct fuel injection and turbocharging combine to give the engine strong off-the-line performance while delivering fuel economy that is ... Read full review for the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta

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Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 52 reviews

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Jetta - a great car

by Jammin Keys from Vermont, Vermont on June 21, 2010

Nice car! Rides and handles very nicely. i felt instantly at home in the Jetta. Everything was pretty much intuitive. Mileage averaging about 28-29mpg. Definitely has that solid German car ride and fe... Read Full Review

10 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
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
M
Structure/safety cage
G

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 2.0L TDI

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger 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.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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