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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,628 - $12,431
Original MSRP: $17,515 - $23,540
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Review Last Updated: 7/18/12

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta has good power, plenty of standard features and a well-made, spacious cabin. Other than a poor reliability score, reviewers said there’s little to dislike about the Volkswagen Jetta.

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When it was new, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta was rather expensive for the class, which explains why the cabin is high-quality and well-stocked with standard features. It comes with air conditioning, keyless entry and an eight-speaker stereo. Higher trims add features like a sunroof, upgraded 10-speaker stereo with MP3 playback capability, satellite radio, USB connectivity and touch-screen navigation. It also comes standard with safety equipment such as electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. When it was new, reviewers commented on how nice the interior is, with lots of space and upscale materials.

The base Jetta’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is more powerful than most other engines in the class, and the diesel-powered Jetta TDI, which has some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class, debuted for 2009.

Reviewers said that few 2009 small cars can boast the same expensive feel the Volkswagen Jetta has. A used Jetta may not just feel expensive, though. It tends to be pricier than other used cars in the class, and with a terrible reliability rating, repair costs could add up.

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Other Cars to Consider

While the 2009 Honda Civic doesn’t have the prestige that the Jetta does, it still boasts a high-quality interior and fun-to-drive performance. The Civic also gets better gas mileage. However, the Civic doesn’t have as many standard features or as much rear-seat space or trunk space as the Jetta.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is a fuel-efficient car with a fairly spacious cabin and good cargo space, though the trunk has less room than the Jetta’s. The Corolla’s cabin is well-made, but the base Corolla doesn’t have as many standard features. Still, with a great reliability score, the Corolla makes a smart choice for shoppers looking for a practical and dependable small car.

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