2002 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Fun to drive, excellent fuel e

2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive, excellent fuel efficiency
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


This is a car that is fun to drive. It handles well (some understeer) and is quite responsive. The ride could be a bit more firm, but it is comfortable. I have had no maintenance problems with the car as of 30,000 miles on the odometer - routine oil/filter changes and recommended maintenance at 5/10/20/30k miles. I have gotten as much as 55 mpg with several long trips, and I routinely get 45+ mpg going to/from work (20 mile commute). I can get 48-50 mpg if I lay off the throttle, but that is just no fun... This is a great car, and I am considering a Passat TDI for an additional family vehicle. Go with the TDI engine - good stuff!

Best Features

TDI engine - lots of power despite the 90 hp tag. Comfortable seats. Well designed and placed controls.

Worst Features

Get rid of the knob adjustment for inclining/reclining the front seats.
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