2005 Volkswagen New Jetta Sedan
There are 4 user reviews for the Value Edition 2.5L PZEV trim shown below
- Very roomy, 2.5L version provides great bang for the buck!
- The standard engine could have a little more HP
I'm a new owner of the 2005-1/2 Jetta 2.5L. Let me say, I've been the proud owner of 6 prior VWs, 4 of which were Jettas. My last trade was for a Golf and while it was a fun little car, I found I began to miss my Jetta soon after I traded. With that in mind, it didn't take much arm twisting to get me behind the wheel of this baby! The car is LARGER! Someone if a 2004 Jetta parked near me at work today and their car looked small in comparison. To me, the new Jetta has an understated elegance yet with a definite Germanic style that was definitely drawing a lot of attention (and sales) at the dealership teh days I was there.
The car is very roomy inside! I took friends out for a ride last night and that was one of the first comments. The front seat passenger worried that her husband was cramped in the back seat because she had plenty of leg room. It appears he was so comfortable back there he dozed off. When we got home I asked and he said the back seat was very roomy and comfortable (he stands about 5'11").
This car offers exceptional bang-for-the-buck. I'd taken a look at Honda Accords but couldn't begin to get one with all the 'standard equipment' found on the Jetta that was anywhere near the Jetta's price. The only option on mine was the 6-speed Tiptonic Automatic transmission - everything else - 6 airbags, 10-speaker stereo system with multi-disk CD in-dash, dual automatic climate control, self-dimming rearview mirrors, intermittent windshield wipers with rain sensors, multi-function trip computer, fold-flat front passenger seat, trunk lid that opens automatically when the release is pressed, and much, much more - all were standard equipment on the Jetta 2.5L.
The driving experience and the ride have been excellent. I still feel that I'm driving a German-engineered auto and the car is quiet and rides smoothe. Since I bought the car, all we've had is rain. the Jetta 2.5L feels very stable and sure-footed on wet pavement, more so that prior VWs I've owned. I suspect this is in part due to the combination of the ABS brakes and the Electronic Stablization System which are standard equipement on this model.
My only CON (and this is not a big one as far as I'm concerned) is the size of the standard engine. The Jetta 2.5L has a 150HP engine which is a big improvement over prior standard Jetta engines, but is still somewhat underpowered compared to the competition where 175-180HP is the standard size. With that said, I've found the Jetta to be very responsive when I tapped the gas. Most of my driving is day-to-day city traffic so I don't necessarily need an engine that could take me 0-60 in 4.5 seconds! I haven't had a chance to get the new Jetta out on an Interestate and just cruise, but my experience all the way back to a 1990 Fox is that the German engineering on the VW engines shows through and they've all been capable of extended drives at higher speeds (lets say, above the speed limit by 10+ MPH) without any hesitation or strain.
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