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Fun little sporty sedan
By RobAtSGH on
Vehicle2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
ReviewI drove pretty much every small to midsized Japanese sedan before buying the Jetta. The only cars that came close in their standard configurations were the Nissan Sentra-S and Altima. The VW's features, handling, and interior quality were well above anything else I tested. Plenty adequate acceleration, torque-y little engine, great handling, and a well-crafted overall package. It feels faster than it is, but that's good because it's really easy to misbehave in this car. A nice entry point into German-designed cars - sporty, solid, and wonderfully engineered. A classy commuter that's also fun to buzz the backroads with on the weekend.
Best FeaturesPremium VII stereo package is pretty darned good for stock audio - solid bass and clarity even with windows down. Cabin fit-n-finish is excellent. Intelligent convenience features. Crisp, confident driving feel at all speeds. Really good driving position for me personally - car fits like a glove.
Worst FeaturesBetter OEM tires (Turanza E400s are a bit noisy). Decrease sunroof wind noise. 6-speed auto's aggressive shifting can be a little jerky in stop-n-go traffic, even in non-sport mode. 5-cyl. engine drones slightly at highway speeds. Backlight the stereo display even when headlights are off, please.
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