2000 Jetta New Car Test Drive
Excellent handling, quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are the hallmarks of the Volkswagen Jetta. Slip the VR6 six-cylinder engine into the mix and the Jetta becomes a quick and agile sports sedan. Completely redesigned and re-engineered last year, the Jetta is thoroughly up to date.
Three trim levels are available, GL, GLS and GLX. Retail prices: GL ($16,700); GL TDI ($17,995); GLS ($17,650); GLS TDI ($18,700); GLS VR6 ($19,950); GLX ($24,170).
GL and GLS are available with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine or Volkswagen's excellent 1.9-liter TDI diesel. The GLX comes with Volkswagen's remarkable VR6 narrow-angle V6, which is also available for the GLS.
Five-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions are available. The optional 4-speed automatic transmission is $875 ($1,185 on TDI diesel models).
The GLS offers an optional Partial Leather Package that adds leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and hand-brake lever, heated windshield nozzles and heated seats for $850.