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If you're looking for a sedan with European ride and handling capabilities, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta offers German engineering at an attractive price.


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 New For 2009

The TDI clean diesel engine is added to the option list, as is a new wagon variant (reviewed separately). New standard features on all Jetta models include electronic stability and traction control, front and rear floor mats and heated front seats, side mirrors and windshield washer nozzles.

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Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Expert Review

A cut above the generic four-door sedan, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta borrows mechanical components from the upscale Audi division, provides 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 – although the sporty GLI model's turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant delivers the power of a V6 with the fuel economy of a frugal four. The really big news, however, is the availability of a 50-state compliant TDI clean diesel engine, which can achieve upwards of 40 miles per gallon in highway driving.

Driving the Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta provides good handling, a competent and quiet ride and some of the best seats for long distance driving we've experienced. While the 2.5-liter five cylinder doesn't make the Jetta the fastest car in its class, it's now fast enough to nose its way past the pack when it has to. The five-cylinder is bit buzzy at times, and its flat torque curve does little to inspire daring passing maneuvers. At highway speeds the Jetta remains composed and stable, but 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.

Favorite Features

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.

Rear Seat Side-Impact Airbags
When combined with the standard side-curtain airbags, this option adds another level of security for rear-seat passengers.

Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

While rear-seat passengers won't sit with their knees at their chins (a position well known to passengers of previous Jetta models), there is still not as much rear seat leg room as found in the similarly priced Mazda MAZDA6. To be fair, the Jetta competes with the likes of the Honda Civic and Mazda MAZDA3, which offer roughly the same interior dimensions. Fit and finish is first rate, as are overall ergonomics. A height-adjustable passenger seat with manual lumbar support, a rarity on so many vehicles, is standard on the Jetta, as are heated front seats. Volkswagen's familiar red and blue dash lighting still delights the eye, and at night every switch, knob or button seen during the day is backlit for your convenience. The 60/40 rear seats can be folded flat and, on SE, SEL and TDI trims, include a center armrest trunk pass through. Other cool features unique to the Jetta are power windows with pinch protection that can be raised or lowered when the key is turned and held in the door lock.

Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior

Ironically, the newest version of the best-selling European car in the U.S. features several styling elements seemingly imported from Japan. This model marks the largest Jetta to date, touting seven additional inches over the last generation. It also ranks high in content, offering such useful cold weather features as heated side mirrors and washer nozzles. 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.

Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Standard Features

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta comes with an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, manual climate control, outside temperature display, heated front seats and washer nozzles, four-way adjustable steering column and eight-way adjustable cloth front seats with manual lumbar support and power recline (driver's seat only). Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), active head restraints and front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Options

Optional equipment on the Jetta varies by trim and includes leather or V-Tex leatherette seating, power-adjustable driver's and passenger's seats, in-dash AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer, iPod connector, rear seat side-impact airbags, a 115-volt outlet (SEL) and a trip computer, Additional options include a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission (standard on SEL), power sunroof, premium sound system, navigation, alloy wheels, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and 12-way adjustable front seats with driver's memory.

Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Engine

Volkswagen offers two engine choices for the Jetta: a 2.5-liter in-line five cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. The recently-improved 2.5-liter is good for 170 horsepower, which is greater than most of the cars in its class. The long throws and sloppy feel of the standard five-speed manual transmission, however, is a bit of a disappointment, especially coming from a company known for its enthusiast-oriented cars. Best stick with the Tiptronic automatic with this engine. Also available is the new 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel, which offers less horsepower but an amazing 236 pound-feet of torque, the power you need for rapid acceleration. The TDI also gets a vastly better six-speed manual gear box.

2.5-liter in-line 5
170 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
177 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 (manual), 20/29 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
140 horsepower @ 4000 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1750-2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/41 (manual), 29/40 (automatic)

How Much Does the Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Cost?

Four trim levels comprise the Jetta lineup: S, SE, SEL and TDI. The base Jetta S has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $18,000, while the SE sells for just over $20,500. The TDI starts just over $22,500 and a loaded SEL tops out around $30,000. The Mazda MAZDA3 offers a similar high-grade interior and starts closer to $16,000; the same is true for the Honda Civic. The Jetta does offer far more standard content, which somewhat levels the pricing difference once you equip each model to match the others. The larger Mazda MAZDA6 with a manual transmission starts around $19,000. Before you set out to buy a Jetta, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price. It shows what others in your area are currently paying for their cars. The Jetta's resale value is better than average, sitting below the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda MAZDA3, but better than the Hyundai Elantra, Dodge Avenger and Ford Fusion.

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Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews


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2008 Volkswagen Jetta

"Competent, Fun, and a Downright Deal"

Fun to drive, easy to maintain, and a great value.
Slightly rough and Maintenance fees are high.
The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta is an admirable car. Its value for the overall car is comparable to equal and higher end sedans. The Wolfsberg Edition with the 2.0L - Turbo gives a fun and exhilarating drive without compromising comfort. It has been an absolute steal, it was cheap for the performance of the vehicle. Performance would have been a 5 if it was not for the turbo lag, engine rmp's from 1000 - 3000 pull like a normal car. But in the 3000 - 3500 rpm range the turbo spools and lurches the car, squatting the rear, and sucking you in the seat. This is quite fun but it hurts the drive-ability of the car for the average person. Reliability is average for a four door sedan, I believe this is due to the turbo 4cyl, a complicated ESC (Essential Stability Control) system, and the Dual-Clutch Transmission. This is quite a lot of tech for a 2008 sport sedan especially since its a limited edition. Maintenance is high after all this particular model is only made in Germany and has to be imported to the States. Styling is also average, nothing really sticks out other than the dealer installed spoiler. Even though reliability is average, quality is high. The A/C still works, interior is intact, and all mechanical components operate smoothly and tether quite favorably. Comfort is high but not fantastic. Highway use the car is planted in a smooth manner that is very controllable with a little road noise, but in town use and bumpy roads makes a bumpy and rigid ride due to its sport package. Even though its rough over bumps, the car is still controllable. This is a very competent and exciting car for its value and anyone would have some good fun in this car.Read less
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta

"My experience with the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta is th"

It's really a stylish car
Don't really have any cons about the car
I recently became an owner of a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta I love the car I love everything about it I've only owned it for two months and I have been through three sets of front tires within 4 weeks apart I don't know what's going on with it anyone have any suggestion what is it
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta


Leaks easily, oil and coolant, parts made out of p
Awful for reliability. Coolant leaks oil leaks, ac, cost me 2k over 1yr.
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta

"JET A on Gasoline"

Performance, Fun to drive, Reliability and Brakes
Road Noisy, poor manual transmission shifting
It has five cylinders and I use them all. Slick, agile, stable and fast(enough) to handle the worst traffic. Manual transmission is more responsive at higher RPMs. but works fairly well for downshifting. Grind gears at low rpm. Throttle response would help but that takes too much work. Braking has always been crisp and secure. I feel safe at any speed on the original Michelin tires. Smooth as a ...well, you know what. These "other" tires suck. But, just like the 2001 Jetta, 85 MPH is the comfort zone. Dream about a day on the autobahn. Great performance on a fast moving Interstate with aggressive drivers. You have to ask yourself in Jetta. How fast do you want to go? She'll perform with some big boys. My little Messerschmitt BF-109.Read less
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta

"The Best Car I ever Owned"

Fun to drive, love 5 cylinder, great precision
Highway noise
I love this car. It is the best car I ever owned. I am sad to be shopping for a new one right now, however, mine has 183,000 on it and the value is low...time to get a new one. They do not make Jettas like this anymore. I will miss her.
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power Driver's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Remote Control Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 20 mpg
  • EPA Class - Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 29 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 24 mpg


  • Horsepower - 170 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 5700 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.60 inches
  • Torque - 177 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4250 rpm
  • 0 to 60 - 8.2 seconds
  • Top Speed - 127 mph


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 17"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P205/55HR16
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/40R18XL
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/45HR17
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Front Spoiler
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rear Spoiler


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 12 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 50000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 4 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 36000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 3 years


  • Alternator Amps - 140 amps
  • Axle Ratio - 3.65
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 5 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.25 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 9.5
  • Fuel Induction - Multi-Port Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 20 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • Overdrive - w/Overdrive
  • CID - 153 cubic inches
  • Amps - 60 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Manual Mode - Tiptronic
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 3230 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 91.0 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 14.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.5 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.2 inches
  • Height - 57.4 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.2 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 35.4 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.4 inches
  • Overall Length - 179.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 54.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 53.1 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 16.0 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 35.8 feet
  • Wheel Base - 101.5 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 70.1 inches
  • Payload Capacity - 1094 pounds
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Safety

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Rear Side Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag


2009 Volkswagen Jetta Rankings

170 HP
MPG Combined
24 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.5 Rating
2009 Volkswagen Jetta
170 HP

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