2009 Volkswagen Jetta - Road Test Specs

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

(2.5L 5-cyl. 5-speed Manual)
Model year2008
StyleSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$19,850
Options on test vehicleiPod Adapter ($199)
As-tested MSRP$20,599
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-5
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,480cc (151cu-in)
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble-overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5:1
Redline (rpm)6,300
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)177 @ 4,250
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)3.78, 2.12, 1.36, 0.96, 0.77, R:3.6, Final: 3.65
Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.4:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelMXV4
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front205/55R16 H
Tire size, rear205/55R16 H
Wheel size16 by 6.5 front ? 16 by 6.5 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)8.6
0-75 mph (sec.)12.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 87.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)134
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.5
@ Full throttle (dB)73.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.7
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Braking ratingPoor
Handling ratingAcceptable
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)74.6
Wind (mph, direction)2.1 mph
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/29 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,230
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,186
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)179.3
Width (in.)70.1
Height (in.)57.4
Wheelbase (in.)101.5
Track, front (in.)60.6
Track, rear (in.)59.8
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.4
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.0
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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