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The 2001 Jetta is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, or sports sedan, available in 8 trims, ranging from the GL 2.0 to the GLX. The 2001 Jetta's closest competitors include the Audi A4, the Nissan Altima, and the Subaru Outback.
Upon introduction, the GL 2.0 is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, I4, 115-horsepower engine that achieves 24-mpg in the city and 31-mpg on the highway. The GLX is equipped with a standard 2.8-liter, V6, 174-horsepower engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.