V-dub 2008 - best bang for your buck
By climbonboard on
2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
This car is the best "bang for your buck" for the money. Beautiful design inside and out. The safest compact car in the U.S.; disadvantage is weight -at 3200 lbs, as heavy as a Toyota Camry. Newly re-designed engine has plenty of passing power on the highway. Engine note is quiet at steady speed and rich sounding under acceleration. Car grips the road better than any car I've driven in my life (hint: order the OEM Continental Contipro Contact tires on your car). Stereo - good sound - quite decent for factory stereo; has RDS (station and song info) and volume leveling (increases volume at speed). Excellent residual value allows for cheap leases.
Lighting of the dashboard and gauges at night is BEAUTIFUL. Two red lights shining down on gear selector are really classy. Side bolsters on seat. HUGE trunk with storage compartments, bag hooks, extra 12V outlet. Trunks pop ALL the way open via keypress. Hydraulic hood opening. Leatherette seats.
Power height adjustment on driver seat. Passenger recline - via handle and not rotary dial. Audio adapter in center armrest & not in glove box. Rearview mirror is a little too large. Angle change on headrests. Larger center armrest. Indicators of distance to empty and running time on trip computer.