Volkswagen Jetta saloon (2006-2010)

"The VW Jetta is a Golf-based four-door saloon that is packed with standard kit, but you pay a premium for it."

Carbuyer Rating

2.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

Read owner reviews

Pros

  • Spacious cabin
  • Quality interior, generous equipment levels
  • Massive boot

Cons

  • Poor resale values
  • Starting to look old
  • Expensive compared to Golf and Passat

The Jetta is one of the few small saloons that competes in the small family hatchback class. It’s derived from Volkswagen’s previous Golf rather than the current model. It drives well and has an interior that’s better than that of its rivals, but those rivals are few and far between. Volvo’s S40 is the only obvious small saloon alternative, but you could have much of the same technology, space and practicality from Skoda’s Octavia hatchback. Limited demand makes the Jetta a rare sight in the UK, but if you like your saloon compact and well equipped, it’s worth considering.

MPG, running costs & CO2

There's no BlueMotion edition, which is a pity

Running your Jetta shouldn’t be much more expensive than driving an equivalent Golf, as the two cars share engines. Underlining its limited appeal is the lack of an economy special BlueMotion model. Volkswagen offers all it new cars in 2010 with three-years fixed price servicing for just £250, but where the Jetta will cost you is in residual values – it won’t be worth as much as its Golf relative when you come to sell it on.

Engines, drive & performance

The Jetta is good to drive

Unsurprisingly, the Jetta feels almost identical to the Golf to drive. That’s no bad thing, as it means both impress with steering control and ride quality. Opt for a Sport model and the suspension is firmer, which improves the Jetta’s ability in the bends but means more bumps reach the interior from potholes and nastier road surfaces. All the engines offered provide adequate performance, but the 1.4 TSI petrol particularly impresses with its smoothness and economy: 44.8mpg is quoted for the official combined consumption cycle.

Interior & comfort

Legroom in the back is generous

Avoid the Sport suspension and the Jetta provides good ride comfort, while space for passengers is decent. Legroom in the back is generous, but the sloping roof of the saloon does mean headroom is tighter in the back than in the Golf. All models from S-spec up include climate control, so you and your passengers will be kept cool and comfortable.

Practicality & boot space

The boot is vast, almost as big as the Passat's

The lack of a large hatchback opening is the only limiting factor regarding the Jetta’s practicality. Access aside, the boot is vast, and at 527 litres is only 38 litres smaller than the Passat saloon’s. If you need a saloon with a huge boot that takes up little space on the road, then there’s little to rival the Jetta.

Reliability & safety

Driver and front seat passenger get front and side airbags

The Jetta doesn’t feature on the Driver Power survey results thanks to the tiny number sold. There's no Euro NCAP rating either. However, being based on the previous generation Golf, we can have confidence in the Jetta’s reliability. Driver and front seat passenger get front and side airbags too, and stability control is standard.

Price, value for money & options

Check out the Passat and Golf before choosing a Jetta

In isolation the Jetta looks like decent value, but we would advise you to look above and below at the Golf and Passat on the price lists. The Golf is newer and arguably more versatile, while the Passat is larger and more prestigious. It’s little wonder VW sells so few Jettas.

Most Popular

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023
2023 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat
9 Sep 2021

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks