2005 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Volkswagen Jetta - Road Test Specs

2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

(2.5L 5-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2005.5
ModelJetta 2.5
StylePackage 1
Base MSRP$20,390
As-tested MSRP$24,040


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine type2.5
Displacement (cc/cu-in)DOHC inline five-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)150 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 3,750
Transmission type6-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent strut w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack-and-pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelMXV4
Tire size, front205/55HR16
Tire size, rear205/55HR16
Brakes, front4-wheel antilock vented front/solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.87
0-60 mph (sec.)9.42
0-75 mph (sec.)13.75
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.17 @ 82.46
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.61
60-0 mph (ft.)123.50
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)35.8
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)71
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAcceleration is linear and smooth, if not terribly exciting. At full throttle the transmission shifts at 5,600 rpm, and redline is marked at 5,800 rpm. The wheels spin off the line with the traction control disengaged, and the five-cylinder pulls hard off the line with a second surge of power coming in around 3,800 rpm.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsUnder hard braking, the pedal is progressive with solid feel and minimal ABS noise or vibration. We noted some pedal sink and rear end lift during hard braking, but neither was problematic enough to cause concern. Distances were short and brake fade was minimal.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe Jetta benefits from excellent steering feel and a tight ratio. Body roll reared its ugly head as speeds increased through the slalom, but was not excessive for what is still a relatively inexpensive car. The tires give plenty of warning before sliding out, and the car is easy to place as a result. More power would have helped, especially as we tried to exit the last set of cones at speed.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not Tested
Temperature (°F)Not Tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not Tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 City 30Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,285
Length (in.)179.3
Width (in.)69.3
Height (in.)57.5
Wheelbase (in.)101.5
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.4
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)16 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years / Unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance4 years / Unlimited mileage
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic Brakeforce Distribution, BrakeAssist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemN/A
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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