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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - Overview

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$17,515 – $23,540 MSRP

$16,863 – $22,263 Invoice

20 / 29 MPG City/Hwy


2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

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What Changed for 2009:

  • New 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel powerplant
  • Standard stability control (ESP)
  • Cold weather package added to all models
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system
  • New exterior colors
  • Revised warranty and new free maintenance program
The Volkswagen Jetta was first introduced in 1979 as a variant of the popular Volkswagen Golf. Over the years, the compact Jetta has been offered as a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and a 5-door station wagon. The current model is a fifth-generation design available as a sedan or station wagon. Well-received in a worldwide market, the Jetta is manufactured in five different countries and sold around the globe under such names as the Atlantic, Bora, Fox, Sagitar and Vento. In the North American market, three different engine choices are available, including a new-for-2009, fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel powerplant.

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta and SportWagen feature a 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Volkswagen also offers a 12-year, unlimited mileage corrosion warranty on all new vehicles. New for 2009 is Volkswagen's carefree maintenance program. It is standard on all Jetta models. The benefits of the program include no-charge scheduled maintenance during the first three years or 36,000 miles of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta is sold as a 4-door sedan and as a 5-door station wagon (aka "SportWagen"). The Jetta sedan is offered in six different trim levels: S, SE, SEL, Wolfsburg Edition, TDI Loyal Edition, and TDI. The Jetta SportWagen is offered in four different trim levels: 2.5L S, 2.5L SE, 2.0T SEL, and TDI. There are three different engine choices that are trim-level specific: 5-cylinder gasoline, 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline, and 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel. All versions of the 2009 Jetta are front-wheel drive.

Standard features on all Jetta models include cloth upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, and an anti-theft alarm system. The standard audio system is an AM/FM radio with a single CD player (MP3 format readable), and 8 speakers. The SE models add split-folding rear seats, power glass sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, and upgraded V-Tex upholstery. The premium audio system on the SE models includes a 6-disc CD changer, satellite radio, and 10 speakers. The SEL model adds features including a multi-function trip computer, a rear-seat 115-volt power outlet, and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. Wolfsburg (sedan only) and TDI models share much of their equipment with the SE models but add minor option and cosmetic enhancements.

The standard powertrain for the front-wheel-drive Jetta and SportWagen is a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 170 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptronic. The Wolfsburg sedans and the SEL SportWagen are offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The "2.0T" powerplant is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG (dual-clutch) automatic gearbox. All TDI models feature the new-for-2009 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine rated at 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. Like the turbocharged gasoline engine, the diesel powerplant is available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG (dual-clutch) automatic gearbox.

The EPA has rated the Jetta 2.5-liter gasoline engine (mated to the automatic transmission) at 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine (with an automatic) is rated slightly higher at 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter diesel is even more efficient as it earned EPA ratings of 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway (again, with an automatic transmission). The fuel-economy figures are identical for the sedan and SportWagen.

All 2009 Volkswagen Jetta models feature an independent front MacPherson strut suspension and fully independent 4-link rear suspension with coil springs. The brakes are ventilated discs on the front, and solid discs on the rear. The steering system is power rack-and-pinion with an electro-mechanical variable assist.

All 2009 Volkswagen Jetta models feature driver and passenger front air bag supplemental restraint systems and driver and front passenger side thorax air bag supplemental restraint systems. Side curtain air bag protection and front safety belt pre-tensioners are also standard on all models. Rear passenger side air bags and pre-tensioning belts are optional. All 2009 Jetta models are equipped with standard ESP (stability control), ASR (traction control), and ABS (anti-lock brakes).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta and SportWagen both receive 4 stars in frontal crash testing for both driver and front passenger, as well as 5-star (the Agency's highest rating) side-impact scores for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The Jetta/SportWagen receives 4 stars for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also tested the 2009 Jetta. They gave the models "Good" (the Institute's highest rating) ratings for frontal offset and side-impact tests and also named it a "Top Safety Pick."

Volkswagen offers four different transmission choices on the 2009 Jetta. While the traditional 5- and 6-speed manual and 6-speed Tiptronic are smooth and dependable, the most innovative transmission is found with Volkswagen's Direct-Shift Gearbox, or DSG. The twin-clutch transmission is essentially two separate manual gearboxes with electronically controlled clutch and gear actuation. While the vehicle is in one gear, the transmission automatically readies the next gear for the shift. This eliminates much of the lag between gears. The shifts are nearly seamless in execution, and blazingly fast, VW says. The DSG transmission doesn't suffer from power or torque loss like a traditional automatic with its fluid-filled torque converter, and it shifts faster than a human operator, the company adds. Only a few automakers offer direct-shift gearboxes for 2009, but they will likely be very commonplace in the future.

Available Trims for the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
S (M5) 5 speed manual $17,515 170-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl 21/30
SE (M5) 5 speed manual $20,095 170-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl 21/30
Wolfsburg Edition (M6) 6 speed manual $21,345 200-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 21/31
TDI (M6) (SOP 27/08) 6 speed manual $22,270 140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 30/41
TDI Loyal Edition (M6) (EOP wk 26/08) 6 speed manual $22,440 140-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 30/41
SEL (A6) 6 speed automatic $22,965 170-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl 20/29

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