After reviewing the pricey Volkswagen Touareg 2, we were happy to see a more likely people's car in the form of the humble 2008 Volkswagen Jetta. While you have to pony up about $20,000 to get one, the Jetta is definitely on the affordable end of the scale, especially when you take into account its standard features that are sure to make any commute safe and comfortable. The Jetta offers a good value proposition in no-frills style.
It's also the first car that we've seen where we were happy that it didn't include a navigation system. The standard Volkswagen navigation system is slow, making it easy to miss turns when you are using route guidance, and it forces some bad compromises in cabin tech. Instead, we got a standard stereo head unit with an in-dash six-disc changer. As a pleasant surprise, we found that our SE trim level car gets a premium audio system standard. Too bad the aux jack was missing in favor of the iPod integration option, something else that Volkswagen doesn't do well.