Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,079 - $25,045
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
35 City / 42 HWY
Horsepower
100-180
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,079 - $25,045
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
35 City / 42 HWY
Horsepower
100-180
Seats
5

2005 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Reviews

4.04

67 Reviews

34% 43% 18% 1% 3%

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Nice car for beginning drivers, definitely gets the job done.

The electrical in my car tends to malfunction. Random warning lights turn on when there is actually nothing wrong. But I was aware that Jetta had bad electrical before I bought it. The trunk also broke on it is own, I have to hold the trunk open when using it. Also, my driver side window stopped rolling down and up without me doing anything. Sometimes the other windows will roll down on their own which is always odd. I do think the car drives smooth, which is always nice. The gas usage is also good, I am not sure how many miles per gallon it gets but it seems to be good. There is seat warmers which, not going to lie, I love. You can adjust both sides of the ac without affecting the other side which is very nice. While the trunk door is broken and will not hold itself, the trunk is very roomy and has a lot of space for storage. The back seat is a little crowded but I do not usually haul a bunch of people around so that is fine. I do not like the passenger seat adjuster because my guests are usually confused by it and it took me months to figure it out.

- Cedes M

This vehicle has punch! It is not one of those cars that lull when you have to go!

The problems so far is it is quite noisy when I drive it. Mind you, it is a 2005. I am pretty sure there is wear and tear and was much more quiet in its newer years. The drive is not as smooth as I would like but then again it is up in years. The driver's seat could be more comfortable. The features are pretty basic as well. I am sure they are well advanced in the newer models. It is extremely reliable. I have not had many issues at all. Just of course the regular maintenance that goes for any vehicle. Oil change, tire checks, and so forth. The comfort and I mentioned is ok, the arm rest is to far back which gives you a hard time when you want to rest your arms while driving. The headrest is small and not curved much for head support. The car is pretty basic compared to recent standards.

- Monica H

Consider repair costs & shift pattern when buying a VW with manual transmission.

Bought the car used. Very few problems--mostly maintenance for general wear and tear. It is a five speed manual. My biggest complaint is the shift pattern. If I do not pay attention, it feels like it drops into second gear when I want first which causes the car to stall. The only other issue I have with Volkswagen is that the parts seem to be specialized where repairs can only be done through a dealership. This can be costly for an older car.

- Ron M

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$3,079 - $5,434
$4,246 - $6,589

Horsepower

Horsepower
100 - 115 hp
100 - 180 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo
1.8L DOHC SMPI 20
2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.5 in.
41.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.6 in.
37.4 - 37.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.5 in.
33.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.9 - 38.1 in.
36.5 - 37 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13 cu. ft.
13 cu. ft.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
98.9 - 99 in.
98.9 - 99 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 ft.
35.8 ft.

Length

Length
172.3 - 173.6 in.
172.3 - 173.6 in.

Width

Width
68.3 in.
68.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2895 - 3170 .lbs
2934 - 3291 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
100 - 115 hp
100 - 180 hp

Torque

Torque
122 - 177 ft. lbs.
122 - 177 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 - 30 mpg
23 - 30 mpg

City

City
23 - 24 mpg
22 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
29 - 31 mpg
29 - 31 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety