The 2008 Volkswagen GLI is fast, responsive, sleekly styled and affordable. The GLI features a 200 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 207 lb.-ft of torque. Buyers also have the option of a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, depending on your preference. Comfort and convenience features are plenty and include front and rear air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer and a navigation system, along with ABS brakes and traction control.Read more Read less
For 2008, a new SportWagen line of wagon models joins the Volkswagen Jetta lineup. The 2.0T four-cylinder engine is no longer offered on the Jetta line, only on the performance-oriented GLI model, but the Jetta's 2.5L five-cylinder engine now gets a 20-horsepower boost in power, to 170 horsepower. The top-of-the-range SEL model is now offered only with an automatic transmission, and Climatronic climate control and leather upholstery are no longer standard on the SEL or the GLI. A power recline feature for the driver's seat is now standard through the Jetta line. For both models Laser Blue is a new color, replaces Shadow Blue in the Jetta's color palette. Wheat Beige has been dropped.
Low entry price; safety features including available rear thorax air bags; styling and performance (GLI); cargo space (SportWagen).
The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta comes well-equipped and value-priced for those who want a small but roomy sedan or wagon, while the GLI model is a sophisticated sport sedan that also has strong value-for-money appeal. The Jetta and GLI line is also a safety standout, as one of only a few compact sedans and wagons at any price to offer available side-thorax air bags for rear-seat occupants. With the addition of the new SportWagen body style, small families should look to it as a more efficient alternative to sport-utility vehicles.