Volkswagen Jetta Review from Brazil

2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 2.5 5 cylinder 20V

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 5 cylinder 20V Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance7000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen C5

Summary:

Four out of five stars - It's a very likeable car

Faults:

Nothing so far.

I bought the car in February early this year, one of the first Mark 5 Jettas to be sold in Brazil.

General Comments:

*SORRY ABOUT MY POOR ENGLISH*

The Jetta is one fine looking car - it looks superb in Mystic Black with the (optional) 17-inch wheels. The chrome grille gives a very imposing look to it.

Interior is very spacious, trunk is enormous, dual zone air-conditioning is a bonus. Leather seats are very nice and sunroof although it's a shame you still have to pay an extra to get leather and sunroof.

Xenon headlights are very powerful, again you have to pay an extra to get them. As well the (very helpful) Parking sensors.

Great safety ratings in North America, car comes already with six air-bags. Good job Volkswagen!

The Jetta drives very well, almost no body-roll unless you push it. ESP is excellent on treacherous conditions. The ride, however, is way too stiff due the hard sporty-setting suspension.

Smart and Smooth 6-speed Tiptronic gearbox; great for people who want the practicality and peace of the Automatic with the fun of the manual. Sport mode is an utter joy.

It could produce more power for a 2.5 5 cylinder 20 Valve engine, but the 150 Horsepower and the linear Torque delivery in the low RPM range gets the Jetta going rather nicely.

Drinks too much fuel, trips to the fuel station are constant. This in my opinion, it's the Jetta's biggest downside. Average of 6 Kilometres per Litre.

Reliability? Well... Still need to see how reliable the Jetta is going to be. Touching wood so far, feels much more solid than my previous 2005 Citroen C5 2.0 16V Automatic.

Overall, I am a very pleased with my choice. It could be better equipped as it is the most expensive car in its class here in Brazil, it also could be more economical and it would not hurt too much if the suspension was a tad softer.

But truth must be said, the Jetta is so much more involving than its rivals. It's quick, pleasant to drive, nice looking and it has a very classy look and feel to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th June, 2007

28th Sep 2008, 09:53

150 Hp is not bad at all when you consider the 2.5 is an entry level engine. Besides, there are pluses: The engine may be low on horsepower, but it produces a decent amount of torque - 170 Ibs ft of torque ain't too shabby. The engine runs on regular gasoline, the low end torque is excellent which makes it agile to drive in the city and requires less gear changes to get it going, not to mention that produces this purring sound that instigates you to rev it a little bit... nice!

23rd Oct 2009, 07:26

I disagree.

150 Hp is mediocre for a 2.5, specially when VW claims the engine has the cylinder head design similar to the 5.0 V10 engine found in the Lamborghini Gallardo.

If so then why the 2.5 isn't a high-revving screaming engine producing half of the Gallardo's power?

Now they uprated to 170 Hp, which still isn't impressive.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review