Spring Auto Guide, 1999

Our picks of the best vehicles this season

You also get a choice of a super-thrifty turbo diesel (42 mpg city) or a really fun 174-horsepower V-6.
Despite styling that’s quite similar to the previous generation, the Jetta is nearly all new. It’s a bit more roomy, considerably more quiet and retains all the fun while gaining practical and luxury features. The interior is cheerful and fresh, with materials that are pleasant to view and touch. At its most basic, a $15,345 Jetta seems like a really pleasant economy car and includes an alarm, central locking and a tilt steering wheel. By the time you get to the $21,955 GLX model, the Jetta is a small luxury sport sedan. Although rivals tend to have a bit more room, the Jetta is easily among the most fun you can have in a sedan at this price level.

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