Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,070 - $6,131
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
170-200
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,070 - $6,131
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
21 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
170-200
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta If...

If you're looking for a sedan with European ride and handling capabilities, the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta offers German engineering at an attractive price.

Volkswagen Jetta Models & Trims

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Reviews

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Classy and Sporty: A Hidden Gem

This car is a driver's car. It's comfortable and sleek on the inside and out. Daily driving is fun and smooth around town and reliable on the highway, and sports mode is a thrilling little feature! This car is sporty and responsive and I've received many compliments from passengers and onlookers- most of which compliment on the modern style and unexpected acceleration power. I bought this car for a reliable and fun daily driver as I work and go to classes. I get excited to slide into it's comfortable leather seats (which are heated and plush) and turn up the volume on sturdy speakers. Speaking of speakers, the stock speakers are not bad at all- I installed a bass subwoofer in my trunk for some added boost and now my music sounds great.

- Sadie S

2008 VW Jetta is an efficient ride for your daily commute.

Overall, I like the 2008 VW Jetta. I use this vehicle to commute to work, and it gets great gas mileage. Handling and acceleration are adequate for everyday driving, and the available airbags and safety features ensure I will be protected. I do not need frills, but the heated seats are very nice to have on colder days. I haven't had any major issues with this vehicle, but it seems like VWs frequently have minor issues that trigger the vehicles check-engine light to illuminate. I prefer to work on my own vehicle rather than pay high labor costs at the garage, but simpler tasks, like changing the brakes, require specialty tools.

- Aaron U

The best car with the best gas mileage: perfect for the commuter.

I bought my car used from a private seller. It definitely needed some work when I bought it as the kid who owned it before me, removed part of the exhaust to make the car louder. Overall it runs great after having some work done and fixing a leak for the engine coolant. I love the gas mileage it gets and the size of the car. I would prefer to be higher off of the ground but that is beside the point and a personal preference. The Jetta is great, I would recommend it to many people and buy it again, just newer. My mother and sister-in-law also drive Jettas.

- Jessica L

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$4,070 - $5,339
$4,892 - $6,131

Horsepower

Horsepower
200 hp
170 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC FSI turbocharged I4 engine
2.5L DOHC SMPI I5 engine
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.2 in.
41.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.5 in.
38.5 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.4 in.
35.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.2 in.
37.2 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
16 cu. ft.
16 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101.5 in.
101.5 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 ft.
35.8 ft.

Length

Length
179.3 in.
179.3 in.

Width

Width
70.1 in.
70.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3230 - 3285 lbs.
3230 - 3285 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
200 hp
170 hp

Torque

Torque
207 ft. lbs.
177 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
lbs.
lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
5 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
25 - 22 mpg
25 mpg

City

City
20 - 22 mpg
21 mpg

Highway

Highway
29 mpg
29 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

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