2008 Volkswagen Jetta


$3,655 - $4,633

2008 Volkswagen Jetta Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta was new.


Interior: 8.5

The Jetta's interior is upscale and comfortable, offering plenty of room for a compact car. In addition, several reviews note good materials and a long list of standard features for this class.

According to Consumer Guide, the Jetta's interior is among "the best in class. Jetta's high quality interior has many soft-touch surfaces and pleasing-looking plastics."


Reviews have plenty of positive things to say about the seating in the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta. "Front-seat passengers enjoy 38.5 inches of headroom and 41.2 inches of legroom, while rear riders get 37.2 and 35.4, respectively," reports Automobile Magazine. MSN calls the front seats "very supportive" and "well-designed for a lot of travel time." Autobytel says, "Both the front bucket seats offer ample bolstering and, unlike the previous version, [this Jetta] provides plenty of front seat travel -- most drivers should find the chairs to be of sufficient width, though they're no Buick Barcaloungers."

The rear seats also get good reviews. Autobytel reports, "Our tallest editors found the rear seat spacious, even with the driver's seat adjusted for someone of their stature. Getting in and out is a simple task, thanks to doors that open nearly 90 degrees and a suitable seat height." Auto Mall USA adds, "The rear of the cabin is significantly more spacious than before, with seats nicely contoured and raked for comfort."

Interior Features

The Jetta comes standard with power windows and power mirrors, cruise control, manual climate control, outside temperature display, a four-way adjustable steering column and eight-way adjustable cloth seats. Although all models come with large number of entertainment and comfort options, added features can quickly increase the price. Reviewers are generally pleased with the Jetta's dash and controls, especially the signature VW blue and red nighttime illumination. The Detroit News says, "Complementing the look of the cockpit, VW has designed simple, sensible controls for climate and audio systems, and it has retained the signature round gauges that are bathed in a cool blue light at night."

Stereo and Entertainment

Reviews say that the Jetta's entertainment system is adequate. The sedan comes standard with an AM/FM stereo that includes an MP3-compatible CD player with an auxiliary input jack. The 2.0T model comes equipped with a six-disc CD changer. CNET says, "To its credit, the Jetta has a decent sound system, and the six-disc changer will play MP3 CDs," but adds "the information for the XM satellite-radio channels comes up slowly." A plus is the system's easy to use controls, which Autobytel calls "extremely simplistic," noting the "plain-as-day" buttons on the radio face.


By and large reviewers are pleased with the Jetta's cargo capacity. "Volkswagen engineers are obviously aware of the fact that drivers like to carry stuff ... lots of stuff," says Autobytel. Motor Week adds, "The huge 16-cubic foot trunk will swallow as much luggage as the trunks of many mid-size cars." The trunk comes carpeted and has a storage cubby wall and four tie hooks. As for the glove box, MSN reports that "you'll find it's lined with a soft, almost velvet-like material, and the owner's manual sits in its own, out-of-the-way slot."

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