2008 Volkswagen GLI  -  $24,950


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $24,950
Base Invoice: $23,309
Destination Charge: $650
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man *Ltd Avail*
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 21 | Hwy: 29
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man *Ltd Avail*
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L FSI turbocharged I4 engine

Pros

Low entry price; safety features including available rear thorax air bags; styling and performance (GLI); cargo space (SportWagen).


Model Highlights

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan comes in three different models for 2008: S, SE, and SEL. The entire line is powered by a 170-horsepower, 2.5L five-cylinder engine, matched either with a five-speed manual gearbox or with a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and sport mode. Top-of-the-range SEL models only offer the automatic.

The new SportWagen boasts a surprising amount of cargo space. With the back seat up, there's 32.8 cubic feet of space, but with it folded forward the cargo area expands to nearly 67 cubic feet. An optional fold-flat front passenger seat provides additional cargo space.

Then there's also the GLI, a performance-oriented sports-sedan model that's powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The GLI also includes a distinctive honeycomb grille, lower-body trim, red brake calipers, large round taillights, dual stainless exhaust tips, special sport seats, an F1-style, flat-bottom steering wheel, and aluminum interior trim.

The Jetta sedan can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds with the manual transmission, but the GLI can dash to 60 in only 6.9 seconds. Both engines attain 29 mpg in the EPA highway estimate.

On both models, front thorax-protecting side air bags are standard, along with full-length side-curtain bags. Side thorax bags for rear occupants are optional. All Jettas and GLIs also include anti-lock brakes with engine braking assist, and an electronic differential lock for improved traction. SE, SEL, and GTI models get standard electronic stability control.

All Jettas come with air conditioning, cruise control, a CD sound system, eight-way adjustable front seats, and tilt/telescopic steering standard. Top SEL models add big 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a sunroof, and a ten-speaker sound system with six-disc changer. Top options include a navigation system and a sport styling kit that gives the Jetta a high-performance look. The same package is available on the GLI, along with a special rear wing spoiler and front lip spoiler.


Model News

For 2008, a new SportWagen line of wagon models joins the Volkswagen Jetta lineup.

The 2.0T four-cylinder engine is no longer offered on the Jetta line, only on the performance-oriented GLI model, but the Jetta's 2.5L five-cylinder engine now gets a 20-horsepower boost in power, to 170 horsepower. The top-of-the-range SEL model is now offered only with an automatic transmission, and Climatronic climate control and leather upholstery are no longer standard on the SEL or the GLI. A power recline feature for the driver's seat is now standard through the Jetta line.

For both models Laser Blue is a new color, replaces Shadow Blue in the Jetta's color palette. Wheat Beige has been dropped.


Value Writeup

The 2008 Volkswagen Jetta comes well-equipped and value-priced for those who want a small but roomy sedan or wagon, while the GLI model is a sophisticated sport sedan that also has strong value-for-money appeal. The Jetta and GLI line is also a safety standout, as one of only a few compact sedans and wagons at any price to offer available side-thorax air bags for rear-seat occupants. With the addition of the new SportWagen body style, small families should look to it as a more efficient alternative to sport-utility vehicles.


Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
29 (Est) MPG

Cruising Range - City
304.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
21 (Est) MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
420.50 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/121

Fuel System
FSI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93

Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.64

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.6 qts

EPA Classification
Compact

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
91 ft³

Front Head Room
38.5 in

Front Leg Room
41.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.8 in

Second Head Room
37.2 in

Second Leg Room
35.4 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.1 in

Wheelbase
101.5 in

Length, Overall
179.3 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.1 in

Height, Overall
57.4 in

Track Width, Front
60.6 in

Track Width, Rear
59.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.4 in

Trunk Volume
16.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3290 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent

Suspension Type - Rear
Independent

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link

Front Tire Size
P225/45WR17

Rear Tire Size
P225/45WR17

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
17 x 7 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Alloy

Rear Wheel Material
Alloy

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.00

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.1 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.3 x 0.98 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.3 x 0.47 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
12

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
4

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
50,000

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2.0L FSI turbocharged I4 engine

6-speed manual transmission

Clutch starter interlock

Electronic stabilization program w/anti-slip regulation (ASR)

Electronic differential lock

Engine braking assist

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension

Independent 4-link rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

P225/45WR17 summer performance tires

Temporary use spare tire

17" x 7" alloy wheels

Electro-mechanical variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr front vented/rear solid disc brakes

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Electronic brake pressure distribution

Hydraulic brake assistant

Dual exhaust tips

Body-color bumpers

Black front grille w/honeycomb mesh & red surround

HID xenon headlights

Bumper integrated foglights

Daytime running lights

Body-color heated pwr mirrors w/integrated side blinkers

Tinted green glass

2-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

8-way manual front cloth sport bucket seats w/manual lumbar

60/40 split folding rear seat w/(3) height-adjustable headrests

Front center armrest w/(2) cup holders

Front console pwr outlet

Rear seat center armrest w/storage, pass-through, (2) cup holders

Front map & seatback storage pockets

Front/rear floor mats

Tilt/telescoping 3-spoke sport leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls

Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Outside temp display

Tire pressure monitoring system

Multi-function trip computer w/compass

Automatic pwr windows w/1-touch driver down

Pwr locks

Remote keyless entry w/(2) integrated key transmitters

Cruise control

Remote trunk release

Audible/visible anti-theft vehicle alarm system

Premium VII AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer/MP3 player-inc: (10) speakers, auxiliary input jack

Sirius satellite radio w/3-month subscription

Air conditioning w/pollen filter

Rear heating/air conditioning ducts

Rear window defroster

Cloth door trim

Driver/front passenger sunvisors w/sliding feature, illuminated vanity mirrors w/covers

Lighting-inc: front dome light w/time delay, (2) reading lights, front footwell light, luggage compartment light

Leather shift knob

Alloy pedals

Front rear passenger assist handles

Cargo area-inc: full carpeting, fold-down pkg hook, removable storage divider, pwr outlet

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Driver & front passenger front airbag supplemental restraint system w/buckle switch

Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

Front height-adjustable safety belts w/pretensioners & load limiters

3-point safety belts in all positions

Center rear safety belt w/interlock

LATCH child restraint system

Child safety door locks

Clutch starter interlock

Electronic stabilization program w/anti-slip regulation (ASR)

Collapsible steering column

Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams

Daytime running lights

Trunk escape handle

 
SOLID PAINT
$0

 
INTERLAGOS CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
PARTIAL LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
AUTOBAHN PKG
$3,020

 
REAR SIDE AIRBAGS
$350

 
17" "DENVER" ALLOY WHEELS
$0

 
18" "HUFEISEN" ALLOY WHEELS
$890

 
18" "HUFEISEN" ALLOY WHEELS
$750

 
IPOD ADAPTER
$199

 
PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM
$325

 
PWR SUNROOF
$1,000

 
COLD WEATHER PKG
$225

 
DVD NAVIGATION SYSTEM
$1,800

 
DVD NAVIGATION SYSTEM
$1,800

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
PROTECTION KIT
$279

 
(4) RUBBER MATS & TRUNK LINER
$185

 
(4) SPLASH GUARDS
$160

 
CARGO NET & TIE-DOWN HOOKS
$125

 
EURO WING SPOILER
$479

 
EURO LIP SPOILER
$329

 
GROUND EFFECTS KIT
$1,650

 
SPORT STYLING KIT
$2,099

Kelley Blue Book Trade-In Values For Your:   

KBB
KBB

Equipment that may affect values (standard equipment is pre-selected):




© 2017 by Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved. The specific information required to determine the value for this particular vehicle was supplied by the person generating this report. Vehicle valuations are opinions and may vary from vehicle to vehicle. Actual valuations will vary based upon market conditions, specifications, vehicle condition or other particular circumstances pertinent to this particular vehicle or the transaction or the parties to the transaction. This report is intended for the individual use of the person generating this report only and shall not be sold or transmitted to another party. Kelley Blue Book assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions.

The 2008 Volkswagen GLI


Get up-to-date information on the 2008 Volkswagen GLI. Read in depth about this model's features, specs, performance, and much more. Let Bestride.com be your guide to finding your next car.