Relatively unchanged for 2009, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI sport sedan gets a few new features, such as standard stability control, heated seats, heated windshield-washer nozzles and VW's new navigation system as an option. Two doors or four, the compact VW GLI sedan delivers plenty of performance together with comfort and utility. The VW GLI's turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that is capable of 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission. Styling cues such as a honeycomb grille and dual exhaust give the VW GLI a performance-oriented look that is carried through to the inside with sporty front seats, alloy pedals and leather shift knob on manual transmission trim levels. EPA fuel economy estimates for the VW GLI with the DSG transmission are 22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy and 24 mpg in combined driving. Volkswagen GLI standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags, while side airbags for rear passengers are optional.Read more Read less
For 2009, Volkswagen introduces a new Jetta model in the SportWagen and a new engine in the diesel TDI, which will be offered in both sedans and SportWagens. The attractive SportWagen features plenty of room for people and their stuff, while the TDI is a 2.0L 4-cylinder diesel putting out 140 hp and 236 ft-lb of torque. TDI Jettas will be the first cars to meet the world's strictest emissions standards, California's Tier II, Bin 5. The TDI should be good for about 41 mpg on the highway. Volkswagen's electronic stabilization program (ESP) is now standard across the Jetta line.
Low entry price; excellent safety performance; styling and performance (GLI); cargo space in the SportWagen, TDI's impressive fuel efficiency.
The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta comes well-equipped and value-priced for those who want a small but roomy sedan or wagon, while the GLI model is a sophisticated sport sedan that also has strong value-for-money appeal. The Jetta and GLI line is also a safety standout, as one of only a few compact sedans and wagons at any price to offer available side-thorax air bags for rear-seat occupants. With the addition of the new SportWagen body style, the Jetta becomes an efficient alternative to sport-utility vehicles. The TDI diesel offers the efficiency of a hybrid with the torque people expect from a small diesel.