Watch: The Jetta III Reviewed in 1994 Share Comments It’s a testament to America’s love affair with the Jetta that Volkswagen went ahead and made the latest one for our market even though they didn’t really want to sell it in Europe. But that love dates back years. Nearly 30 years ago when the third generation Jetta came out, Volkswagen knew that it was America’s favorite VW, outselling even the legendary Golf. But then, it’s not hard to see why we fell in love. Even back in ’94, the Jetta was a thoroughly modern car whose performance and quality belied its low price point. No wonder Jesse and his dad put so much time into modifying theirs.