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2007 Volkswagen Jetta

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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Volkswagen's popular Jetta sedan is a cut above the generic family four-door sedan, with mechanical components borrowed from the upscale Audi division, an exceptionally strong safety rating and a list of standard and optional equipment rarely found in this class. With slightly less rear-seat legroom than the more expensive Passat, the Jetta still provides the kind of "big car" feel you won't find in many of its competitors. On the downside, the Jetta does not offer a V6 engine option—although the turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant delivers the power of a V6 with the fuel economy of a frugal four. Due to EPA Tier 2 regulations, the high-mileage TDI diesel is not offered for 2007, but VW promises its return early in 2008.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sedan with European ride and handling capabilities, the Volkswagen Jetta offers German engineering at an attractive price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for that "old-school" VW look and feel, the fifth-generation Jetta's styling doesn't convey the same sense of youthful enthusiasm as its predecessors. Although improving, VW's reliability and repair history still lag behind its Japanese competitors.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2007, VW has slashed the Jetta's base price by nearly $1,400. New standard features include a tire pressure monitor, audio auxiliary input jack and a simplified cruise control unit.

Driving the Jetta

Driving Impressions Although a full seven inches longer and 300 pounds heavier than the previous-generation Jetta, the new Jetta offers very crisp handling. While it isn't the fastest car in its class,...

it's now fast enough to nose its way past the pack when it has to. Highway ride is firm, while road, wind and engine noise are all perceptible but not unpleasant. And if your favorite leg of any journey is the twisty one, the Jetta delivers ample cornering ability complemented by quick, smooth manual Tiptronic downshifts and a satisfying exhaust note.

Six-Speed Tiptronic Transmission
The newest VW transmission shifts quickly and smoothly in three distinct shift modes—regular and sport automatic modes, plus a manual mode.

Automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control
A comfort feature not commonly offered on most $20,000 vehicles.

2007 Volkswagen Jetta Details
2007 Volkswagen Jetta photo Interior

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. Overall, the interior is attractive and refined, with materials and finish that are tough to match in the category.

Exterior
2007 Volkswagen Jetta photo

Ironically, the newest version of the best-selling European car in the U.S. features several styling elements seemingly imported from Japan. The new Jetta is also seven inches longer than the previous generation, which no doubt contributes to its more refined appearance. Whether you find the less-playful styling more appealing may depend on whether you think of the Jetta as a fun beach cruiser or a high-value German sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Jetta comes with an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, exterior key opening and closing feature for the windows and optional sunroof, cruise control, manual climate control, outside temperature display, four-way adjustable steering column and eight-way adjustable cloth front seats with manual lumbar support. Standard safety equipment includes traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), active head restraints and front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Optional equipment on the Jetta varies by trim and includes automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, leather or leatherette seating, power adjustable driver's and passenger's seat, in-dash AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer, iPod connector, rear-seat armrest/trunk pass-through, trip computer, electronic stability program and heated washer nozzles. Additional options include a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, leather seating, power moonroof, premium sound system, navigation, alloy wheels, HomeLink, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and 12-way adjustable front seats with driver's memory.

Under the Hood

Volkswagen offers a wide variety of engine choices that directly affect the Jetta's personality. The base 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine is peppy, but not quick, and its fuel economy figures are not terribly impressive, either. If you can swing the extra cash, get the 2.0-liter turbo. This engine delivers better fuel economy than the 2.5-liter and it's fast as well. This same engine is used in the Audi A3 and A4, it's amazingly refined and has minimal turbo lag.

2.5-liter in-line 5
150 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 22/30 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 (manual), 25/32 (automatic)

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1023 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Best car I ever owned

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fuel economy. Handling"

Cons: "some road noise. Low profile."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car. Has 160,000 miles. Rides/Drives great. No major maintenance problems. Gets close to 50 mmg on hi way/35 around town. Plenty of power. Very little engine noise. Starts good in cold weather down to 0 deg (about as cold as it gets here. Cruises comfortably at 80 mph."

Great car !

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive , reliable , good mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have driven this car for the past eight years , driving 250 miles a week with no major problems except for one. There was one costly repair of a fuel ejection piece , it had sat in airport lot for a week . The engine would not turn over and the part had to be ordered from Germany . I would still recommend this car highly. Love the way it drove !"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Always something wrong

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,523

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great handling, comfortable, aesthetics."

Cons: "Reliability, cost of repairs."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased this car brand new. I have always performed maintenance on schedule and always cared for the car. For the first 2 years all was great, but then it started having small electrical issues. A few months after the warranty expired, the car began to experience some major electrical problems. ABS Control Module, Cooling Pump, Fuel Injection System to name a few. I have experienced a major repair every year after the warranty expired. Every MK5 Jetta owner that I have spoken to has had similar stories."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Bought new, runs and looks new

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "High millage, well built, garage kept, one owner"

Cons: "Slight body damage to driver door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Taken 07/07/15

"This car has become a part of the family, always reliable, high millage, runs and looks great. Have kept up with all maintenance requirements. Hate to sell this car, but it's just one too many since my father's passing...it was his car. It's been garaged kept. We had the brakes redone about 500 miles ago. It looks, drives, and runs great. I think this car will go to 500,000+ like my dad's previous Jetta did!"

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Taken 07/07/15

We will buy another VW turbo or TDI

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value, fun to drive and well built"

Cons: "Brake wear is high when driven hard"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Has been an enjoyable sedan. Above average fit & finish, low maintenance profile, good service record and very good milage if driven responsibly. Handles well on winding roads and the turbo does a great job of offering great acceleration."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "see above"

Cons: "see above"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Reliable, economic (45-50 mpg at 65-70 mph) and quick when necessary. Very effective brakes. Suspension a little soft for speed in curves, but tracks well. Overall enjoyable to drive but would be less so if automatic. (it's a six speed manual)"

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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