2002 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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The Volkswagen Jetta, introduced in the mid-’80s, was designed to be a slightly upscale version of the Rabbit hatchback. The Jetta offers the widest model range of any out of the Volkswagen line, with a larger interior and trunk than its primary competitors in the compact-sedan line. Volkswagen added the Jetta Wagon to the Jetta lineup in the U.S. for 2001.

For 2002, the Volkswagen Jetta 4-door sedan is available in seven trims. The Jetta is available in the GL 2.0, GL TDI, GLS 2.0, GLS TDI, GLS 1.8 T, GLS VR6, and GLX. The GL 2.0 and GLS 2.0 trims are powered by a 2.0-liter 115-horsepower engine. The GL TDI and GLS TDI come standard with a 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine, producing 155 lb-ft of torque and providing fuel-economy up to 49 mpg.

The GLS 1.8 T offers an upgrade in a revised 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that produces 180 horsepower, (30 more horsepower than last year’s model). The GLS VR6 and the GLX come standard with the 2.8-liter VR6 V6 that produces 174 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard for all trims. A 4-speed automatic transmission is available on all trims except the GLS 1.8 T, which has an optional 5-speed automatic with Tiptronic for manual shifting.

2002 Volkswagen Jetta Review

The Volkswagen Jetta offers standard equipment such as a rear window defroster, tinted glass, power door locks with remote, air conditioning, heated outside remote mirrors, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo. The GLS also comes with an AM/FM/CD/cassette with 8 speakers, power windows, power heated mirrors, and cruise control. The GLX also adds halogen fog lights, heated 8-way power front seats, leather seat trim, a power sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, 200-watt Monsoon sound system, automatic climate control, and a trip computer.

Safety equipment includes daytime running lights, anti-lock brakes (ABS), child safety locks, dual front and side airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, and traction control (GLS 1.8 T, GLS VR6, GLX).