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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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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

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The VW Jetta's cabin is an enigma because it features comfortable seating for both front and rear passengers, an upscale cockpit with high-quality controls and optional features like a navigation system. Many reviewers even label the Jetta's cabin the best in class.

  • "Among the best in class, Jetta's high-quality interior has many soft-touch surfaces and pleasing looking plastics." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Jetta's cabin is a strong selling point, with abundant high-graded, soft-touch materials and metallic trim." -- Edmunds
  • "The Jetta TDI is comfortable, and it has adequate creature comforts, including a respectable stereo, optional moon roof and leather upholstery. But it's virtually anti-prestige." -- Los Angeles Times

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Front Seats

Supportive cushions and ample legroom best characterize the 2009 Jetta's front row.

  • "The Jetta's tall roofline lends a sense of spaciousness to the front seats, which boast to a wide range of motion in order to accommodate drivers of various sizes." -- Edmunds
  • "Great legroom from ultra-long seat tracks. Only the tallest riders will notice intrusion from the sunroof housing. GLI's contoured sport seats snug occupants without feeling confining. All Jettas have a standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver-comfort plus." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats of our test drive example were also wrapped in leather and had suitably supportive side bolsters that were up to the task of keeping the driver situated in front of the wheel. After three hours in the car, this driver's back side was well rested." -- Autoblog

Rear Seats

In a rare move for the small car class, Volkswagen designed a rear seating area for the Jetta that reviewers generally describe as spacious.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Sufficient headroom and legroom for smaller adults, but six-footers will feel cramped. The seat itself is very comfortable but best for two adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Headroom is a little tight in the rear. ... Nevertheless, there's an adequate amount of legroom in back, particularly compared to past Jettas, although even an economy sedan like the Toyota Corolla offers more." -- Edmunds
  • "The back seat is also quite roomy for two adults, although a third passenger would need to be on the slim side." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2009 Jetta is described as having easy-to-use, easy-to-behold gauges and more standard features than many expect in this price range. Many highlight VW's trademark blue or red nighttime illumination as a special plus.

  • "The interior looks mildly Spartan, but in a German, Hugo Boss way that softens the blow. Handsome gauges and shapely, supportive seats are familiar VW items. All told, the Jetta feels more sophisticated and comfortable than the Toyota Prius." -- The New York Times
  • "The vinyl 'leatherette' upholstery found in most Jettas is finely stitched and does a good impression of real cowhide, with the added bonus of being easier to use, and we're also fans of the cool blue lights used for the instruments and radio display." -- Edmunds
  • "Clear gauges complement mostly handy, intuitive controls, but some testers find the blue and purple dashboard lighting too soft for best nighttime legibility." -- Consumer Guide
  • "To its credit, the Jetta has a decent sound system, and the six-disc changer will play MP3 CDs." -- CNET

Navigation

The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the few affordable small cars to offer an optional navigation system, which is available for the SE and SEL trims. But the verdict is split for the Next Gen RNS510 system, which boasts a 30 GB hard drive that can play CDs or DVDs, between those who find the learning curve steep and those who describe the system as easy to use.

  • "The available navigation system incorporates most audio functions, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This year's new and improved navigation system now features an intuitive touchscreen interface and a 30 GB hard drive that not only increases processing time but also devotes 20 GB to digital music storage." -- Edmunds

Cargo

Reviewers are generally pleased with the Jetta's 16 cubic-feet of cargo space.

  • "The huge 16-cubic foot trunk will swallow as much luggage as the trunks of many mid-size cars." -- Motor Week
  • (Glove box) "You'll find it's lined with a soft, almost velvet-like material, and the owner's manual sits in its own out-of-the-way slot." -- MSN
  • "Sedans have generous room for a compact, enhanced by a large aperture, non-intrusive strut-type hinges, and standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks. A center pass-through is also included, which is a thoughtful touch. ... A large albeit shallow, underfloor storage bin further enhances the wagon's utility. Curiously, the front-passenger seatback folds completely flat, but the rear seatbacks do not." -- Consumer Guide

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