Used Volkswagen Jetta Saloon 2006 - 2011 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2006 - 2011 review
Volkswagen Jetta Saloon (06 - 11)
  • Volkswagen Jetta Saloon (06 - 11)
  • Volkswagen Jetta Saloon (06 - 11)
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Our recommendations

Which used Volkswagen Jetta saloon should I buy?

VW didn't fit the Golf's basic 1.4-litre petrol engine to the Jetta and instead the range kicks off with a 113bhp, 1.6-litre, direct-injection petrol unit that's well up to the job. Two other petrol engines are also on offer: a 150bhp non-turbo 2.0-litre and the Golf GTI's 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo. Both are good.

If you'd prefer a diesel - and we think you should - there's a choice of two turbodiesels, a 103bhp 1.9-litre or a 138bhp 2.0-litre. We recommend the 2.0-litre; its 243lb ft of pulling power provides amazing and effortless acceleration from very low revs.

You won't be badly off with the entry-level S, which gets six airbags, electric windows, a CD player, alloy wheels and air-con as standard. However, we'd pay the extra for SE, which adds climate and cruise control, a chrome-plated grille and better interior trim, while Sport models have lowered suspension, front foglamps and sports seats.