2011 Volkswagen Jetta

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Jetta MSRP: $ 15365.00
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The all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta has been completely redesigned and features powerful and efficient German engineering drivers have come to expect from Volkswagen.

Four engines will be available in the U.S. and Canada, including a 2.0-liter turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel (140hp) featuring common rail injection with 236 lbs-ft. of torque that achieves 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway according to EPA estimates.

Additional engines include the 2.0 (115hp), 2.5 (170hp), and as of 2011, the 2.0 TSI (200hp).

Even with the Jetta's and starting MSRP at $15,365 for the base model, safety was not compromised. The all-new 2011 Jetta includes several features designed to enhance driver and passenger safety, including electronic stability control to help prevent drivers from losing control of their cars and tire pressure monitoring.  The “Intelligent Crash Response System” (ICRS) is unique in its class.  ICRS turns off the fuel pump, activates the hazard lights and unlocks the doors in the case of an airbag deployment.

CarReview's Opinion of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

  • Interior space (especially back seat)
  • Highly intuitive touchscreen interface for stereo/satellite radio/navigation
  • Rear end looks more luxurious than flat rear of previous generation
  • Ergonomic positioning of driver controls (signals, cruise, sound, etc)
  • Lack of power at lower rpm's
  • Center arm rest is too far back and angled downward to be functional/comfortable
  • Phone connectivity non-intuitive and non-functional (in my case)
  • Noisy fan at highest setting

Ruling: Overall, the added length makes the Jetta much more functional for carrying passengers in the rear seat. That combined with the cavernous trunk makes it the perfect car for road trips for four people over a long weekend. The front splitter and the rear trunk shape are two design changes that improve the look of the Jetta making it look more expensive than it is. However, the front end design is simply too muted making it look like many other cars. This is VW's intention in making the Jetta more appealing to the masses, both in design and price.

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