2004 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Jetta: so far, so good

2004 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL 1.8T Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Jetta: so far, so good
By kittydad on


2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL 1.8T 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Fuel economy (mostly smaller town and
highway) averages mid to high 40s in
winter, to 49-53 mpg in summer. Fuel
economy appears to be 5-10% higher
this year than last year, when car was
new. Recent trip from Tulsa, OK to
mid-KY used 13.3 gallons of fuel for
the whole trip of 750 miles (= 57 mpg)
at 70-75 mph, with air conditioning.
Back seat needs a little more foot
room (has about 5 inches less than our
Corolla); it's my understanding that
new Jetta has a little more foot room
due to slightly longer wheelbase. No
sign yet of reported problems with
power accessories.

So far, would recommend this car (2003
model) highly.

Best Features

Fuel economy significantly exceeds values reported by EPA or the popular press. The fuel economy of this car seems to be the best kept secret in America. Many safety features are standard. The possibility of using biodiesel when it becomes widely available is appealing.

Worst Features

Additional rear seat foot room. Sun visors too small (should consider extensions, such as those in Nissan Altima). Trunk opening needs to be a little larger. Also, because of narrower trunk, many items that will fit in the trunk of a Corolla will not fit in the Jetta.
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