Classy Small Car
By Mike on
2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLS PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
My car has the 2.0L engine and the "Cold Weather" upgrade (seat warmers, leather seats, steering wheel controls). I like the look and size of this car over the new Jetta design. I get about 35 mpg with conservative highway driving(not hybrid numbers but at least it's a PZEV), and while it's not a race car, it moves with plenty of purpose. The proof of this is was driving with college students in all 5 seats, a full trunk of luggage and 3 bikes on a trunk rack, and still having power to pass on the highway(of course the mileage was not the best on this trip). I keep up with maintenance and care, the reliability on the early model years was not great but it seems problems were fixed on this year
Ride quality, stereo system, seat warmers, interior looks/layout (classy styling that doesn't look or feel cheap), lighting on the gauges, visibility all around, safety rating (front and rear side curtains), overall quality, window control from outside via keys, quiet and smooth engine/transmission.
Mostly just wish-list things(some are available on the new Jettas), 5 instead of 4 speed automatic, MP3 adapter, bluetooth.