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You'll Like The 2007 Volkswagen Jetta If...

If you’re looking for a sedan with European ride and handling capabilities, the Volkswagen Jetta offers German engineering at an attractive price.

You May Not Like The 2007 Volkswagen Jetta If...

If you’re looking for that "old-school" VW look and feel, the fifth-generation Jetta’s styling doesn’t convey the same sense of youthful enthusiasm as its predecessors. Although improving, VW’s reliability and repair history still lag behind its Japanese competitors.

What's New

For 2007, VW has slashed the Jetta’s base price by nearly $1,400. New standard features include a tire pressure monitor, audio auxiliary input jack and a simplified cruise control unit.

Interior Features

Rear-seat passengers will appreciate the marked improvements in space afforded by the new Jetta’s increase in overall length and wheelbase. They might also enjoy the available rear-seat armrest, which allows for a useful trunk pass-through as well. Overall, the interior is attractive and refined, with materials and finish that are tough to match in the category.

Exterior Features

Ironically, the newest version of the best-selling European car in the U.S. features several styling elements seemingly imported from Japan. The new Jetta is also seven inches longer than the previous generation, which no doubt contributes to its more refined appearance. Whether you find the less-playful styling more appealing may depend on whether you think of the Jetta as a fun beach cruiser or a high-value German sedan.

Driving Impressions

Although a full seven inches longer and 300 pounds heavier than the previous-generation Jetta, the new Jetta offers very crisp handling. While it isn’t the fastest car in its class, it’s now fast enough to nose its way past the pack when it has to. Highway ride is firm, while road, wind and engine noise are all perceptible but not unpleasant. And if your favorite leg of any journey is the twisty one, the Jetta delivers ample cornering ability complemented by quick, smooth manual Tiptronic downshifts and a satisfying exhaust note.

Pricing Notes

Four trim levels comprise the Jetta lineup. The base Jetta has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $17,120, while the 2.5 model stickers for $18,620. The turbocharged 2.0T starts at $22,620 and the top-of-the-line GLI at $24,620. Before you set out to buy a Jetta, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price. It shows what others in your area are currently paying for their cars. The Jetta’s resale value is near the top of its class, on par with the Honda Civic, Nissan Altima and Toyota Corolla, better than the Mazda Mazda3 and far better than the Hyundai Elantra, Dodge Stratus and Ford Fusion.

Notable Equipment

The Jetta comes with an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, exterior key opening and closing feature for the windows and optional sunroof, cruise control, manual climate control, outside temperature display, four-way adjustable steering column and eight-way adjustable cloth front seats with manual lumbar support. Standard safety equipment includes traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), active head restraints and front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Notable Options

Optional equipment on the Jetta varies by trim and includes automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, leather or leatherette seating, power adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seat, in-dash AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer, iPod connector, rear-seat armrest/trunk pass-through, trip computer, electronic stability program and heated washer nozzles. Additional options include a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, leather seating, power moonroof, premium sound system, navigation, alloy wheels, HomeLink, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and 12-way adjustable front seats with driver’s memory.

Favorite Features

Six-Speed Tiptronic TransmissionThe newest VW transmission shifts quickly and smoothly in three distinct shift modes – regular and sport automatic modes, plus a manual mode.Automatic Dual-Zone Climate ControlA comfort feature not commonly offered on most $20,000 vehicles.

Under the Hood

Volkswagen offers a wide variety of engine choices that directly affect the Jetta’s personality. The base 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine is peppy, but not quick, and its fuel economy figures are not terribly impressive, either. If you can swing the extra cash, get the 2.0-liter turbo. This engine delivers better fuel economy than the 2.5-liter and it’s fast as well. This same engine is used in the Audi A3 and A4, it’s amazingly refined and has minimal turbo lag. 2.5-liter in-line 5150 horsepower @ 5000 rpm170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 22/30 (automatic)2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 (manual), 25/32 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

Volkswagen’s popular Jetta sedan is a cut above the generic family four-door sedan, with mechanical components borrowed from the upscale Audi division, an exceptionally strong safety rating and a list of standard and optional equipment rarely found in this class. With slightly less rear-seat legroom than the more expensive Passat, the Jetta still provides the kind of "big car" feel you won’t find in many of its competitors. On the downside, the Jetta does not offer a V6 engine option – although the turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant delivers the power of a V6 with the fuel economy of a frugal four. Due to EPA Tier 2 regulations, the high-mileage TDI diesel is not offered for 2007, but VW promises its return early in 2008.

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta

I enjoy the sunroof and adore the heated seats. I like that I can see out of all windows easily. Another bonus is that the mirrors can tilt so I can see the curb while parking, and defrost during the frigid winters. I dislike how quickly the wiper blades fall apart, even the more expensive ones, so I wonder if there is a design flaw in the way they operate in this model. I don't like how my head touches the roof when I have sunglasses on my head, so that is uncomfortable. I do like the seats but the side is wearing quickly. I was super lucky to upgrade to thicker waterproof floor mats since I live in a very rainy/wet climate. I am on the fence about the oil change notification messages on the dash / instrument panel. I think it was good initially to help get in a routine, but that's only because it was my first car. I absolutely love the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) but my snow tires don't have it so I get that warning message all winter. All said and done, I'm happy with my purchase but routine maintenance costs are expensive. I try to use a dealership for most services but it can be hard to find a good/honest/trustworthy shop; I tend to find a great one but then I move and am no longer close enough to go there.

- Sam H


2007 Volkswagen Jetta

I LOVE my VW Jetta. It is a 2007, and I have had it since 2011. When I got it, it was practically new with 7,000 miles. It was certified pre owned, and now it has 155,000 miles on. It is a manual 5 cylinder, and shifts so nice and easy. It's a smooth ride, and picks up speed decently. It's pretty good on gas as well, it isn't quite a 4 cylinder slow car, but also doesn't take as much gas as a 6 cylinder. It has all 4 power windows, which is amazing. It has this feature that I love where as soon as I start driving, maybe after a few feet the doors lock automatically and that makes me feel so much safer! It also won't let the car door lock before the driver door is closed, which has prevented me from locking my keys I'm the car. To go along with that there isn't any physical lock on the door that goes up or down, or that you can pull out, which I feel would make it harder to break into the car. The Jetta is actually very spacious inside, everyone has plenty of foot room, and the trunk is surprisingly deep! I love love my Jetta, it has been extremely good to me, and it's still going strong!

- Tiffany H

The Jetta, a reliable car.

2007 Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta is a reliable car. At about 250, 000 miles it still drives decently well, although I have had a few issues. Upon the purchase of the vehicle the spark plugs had to be replaced. The check engine light has come on several times in the year and a half that I have owned it though on the whole it is a good vehicle. It is decently fuel efficient but there are definitely better models if mileage is what you are looking for. The car drives very well, with little issues while shifting; although, after talking with other owners of the same model I have found that there is a small issue with shifting into 3rd gear. The gear shift tends to stick making it very awkward to shift into 3rd gear sometimes. On the whole I would say that if you can get the car for 4000 or less it is a good deal. Otherwise I would look for something a little different. The Volkswagen Jetta of the year 2007 gets a 7/10 for me on a scale of 1-10.

- Griffin I

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