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Pros & Cons

  • Great interior quality
  • Many standard interior and safety features
  • Plenty of engine power
  • Large trunk
  • Fuel economy on base model is lower than competitors’

New for 2009

  • New Jetta TDI with 2.0-liter diesel engine
  • Standard electronic stability control




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

Volkswagen Jetta models from 2009 with diesel engines are part of the massive Volkswagen recall because they do not meet U.S. emissions standards. Volkswagen will contact owners when they have remedied the problem and will fix the cars for free. The cars are safe to drive. Read more on the Volkswagen diesel recalls

When it was new, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta was rather expensive for the class, which explains why the cabin is high-quality and well-stocked with standard features. It comes with air conditioning, keyless entry and an eight-speaker stereo. Higher trims add features like a sunroof, upgraded 10-speaker stereo with MP3 playback capability, satellite radio, USB connectivity and touch-screen navigation. It also comes standard with safety equipment such as electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. When it was new, reviewers commented on how nice the interior is, with lots of space and upscale materials.

The base Jetta’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is more powerful than most other engines in the class, and the diesel-powered Jetta TDI, which has some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class, debuted for 2009.

Reviewers said that few 2009 small cars can boast the same expensive feel the Volkswagen Jetta has. A used Jetta may not just feel expensive, though. It tends to be pricier than other used cars in the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

While the 2009 Honda Civic doesn’t have the prestige that the Jetta does, it still boasts a high-quality interior and fun-to-drive performance. The Civic also gets better gas mileage. However, the Civic doesn’t have as many standard features or as much rear-seat space or trunk space as the Jetta.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is a fuel-efficient car with a fairly spacious cabin and good cargo space, though the trunk has less room than the Jetta’s. The Corolla’s cabin is well-made, but the base Corolla doesn’t have as many standard features. Still, the Corolla makes a smart choice for shoppers looking for a practical small car.

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Best 2009 Compact Cars

  • #1

    2009 Scion xB

    $5,110 - $7,359 AVG. PAID

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  • #2

    2009 Scion tC

    $4,940 - $7,800 AVG. PAID

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  • #10

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta

    $5,634 - $7,598 AVG. PAID

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