Behind The Wheel: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
We get our hands on the much talked about Jetta. With a huge advert budget
and billboards everywhere, we wanted to see if it was really what it was
claiming. A "great car" for a "good price." Check it.
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta First Look from Consumer Reports
The Volkswagen Jetta has been totally redesigned with the hopes of
improving US sales. The Jetta is now roomier inside, but some of what made
the previous generation special seems to be lost.
UPDATE: We've finished reviewing the Volkswagen Jetta. See the full review
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Test Drive & Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/volkswagen/jetta/2012/?id=32972 The 2012
Volkswagen Jetta has a ton of competition in the compact sedan segment. But
the Jetta has a few tricks up its sleeve to set is apart from the rest of
the pack. First, Volkswagen is the only non-luxury German automobile
manufacturer. This means you can expect a high level of quality and luxury
in each vehicle Volkswagen produces. Second, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta has
a very low base price at $15,515 making is one of the least expensive
vehicles in the compact sedan segment. Finally, the Volkswagen Jetta is
produced right here in the Good Old U.S.A. at a plant in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. This is great for those looking to buy automobiles that support
jobs in America.
There are more than 50 different trim levels on the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta.
These include variations on engines, feature packages, and body style
(sedan or wagon). The very base model starts at $15,515 with the SEL seen
here starting at $23,445. The top of the line model is the TDI Wagon with
sunroof and navigation going for $29,220.
The engine choices are plentiful with 4 different engines being offered on
the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. The first engine is the most basic. This 2.0
liter 4-cylinder has 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft. or
torque while getting 24 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. The next
engine up is the 2.5 liter 5-cylinder making 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of
torque while getting 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The next
step up is the turbocharged 2.0 liter
4-cylinder found on many Volkswagen vehicles. This little engine is found
on the GLI trim and puts out 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft. of
torque while averaging 22 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The
last engine is the venerable TDI which is a turbocharged and direct injected diesel engine.
This 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine makes 140 horsepower and a huge 236
lb-ft. of torque while returning 30 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the
highway. All of these fuel economy figures are with the 6-speed manual
transmission installed. With the Automatic transmission the figures drop
just a bit.
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta has a ton of usable interior space. In fact the
Jetta seems more like a mid-size than a compact sedan. There is over 3 feet
of rear legroom which according to VW is more than most large sedans. And
with the Wagon model you can get 67 cubic feet of cargo space. There is an
optional seating surface called V-Tex leatherette which looks and feel like
leather but cost much less. The Jetta SEL comes standard with heated front
seats as well. Since the SEL is one of the more expensive trims it does
come loaded with lots of great technology. There sound system is a 400 watt
Fender Stereo with a subwoofer and 8 speakers. A touch screen navigation
system is also standard on the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SEL.
The Jetta is available in many different trims and configurations so that
there will be a model to suit you. The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is a great
deal as it is one of the most fuel efficient compact sedans on the market.
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