Man, I recently purchased an '04 Jetta Turbo and it is a blast to drive! I had an SUV and am loving the gas mileage of this awesome car. The manual tranny is a must....what fun! The Jetta holds the road quite well and when you need power, it's there baby! I have and will continue to be impressed with this little German (but made in Mexico) firecracker. The back seats that fold down are terrific! It's a nice car.
I love the 5-speed transmission, good gas mileage of course, and the looks are great with the 17" wheels. In my opinion, there isn't any more attractive car than the new Jetta.
The only thing is the center arm rest needs to be a bit more rigid. Oh, and the nice 17" rims can be scraped easily...well if you are unaware of your surroundings that is. That's not the car's fault. This is a very nice, practical, fun car to own.