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2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
I took my 2010 Jetta TDI into the dealer for the 50k oil change. They broke the drain plug. This dealer blamed both the dealer who did the 40k oil change and VW for a defective drain bolt. Neither party would accept any responsibility or offer any assistance. The shop that broke my car did offer 50% towards the $600 repair bill as they needed to replace the oil pan. VW after doing nothing did ask me if I was satisfied with their service. Dear VW I'm not satisfied and I will never purchase another VW product. Avoid VW. If they will not help on a minor issue that had nothing to do with wear or abuse do not expect VW to step and help if something major goes wrong.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
No problems in 36k+ miles. Drives like glued to a road. Great city acceleration or when lights turn green, and pretty good on interstates when downshifted. Mileage depends on the number and frequency of stops: 32-40 in town, 45-52 on secondary roads and close to 50 on interstates. All with dynamic driving. Excellent radio and cell bluetooth integration. Large cargo volume with non-crushing hinges. Quiet engine except for occasional louder turbocharger heard on quiet surfaces.
A feeling of subtle luxury. Everything works and the car drives with very little effort. Convenient cruise controls. 110V outlet. Good size.
Road noise on rough surfaces even with Michelin MXV4; Mileage varies on same routes with similar traffic- probably artifact of extensive emission controls; Seat takes some time to adjust. Lack of automatic light turn-on and proximity sensors for parking (both present in EU Golfs).
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
Well 700 characters is hard. here are excerpts: After years of owning ToyotaÂs and HondaÂs I was ready to purchase a new car. Bought 2010 VW Tdi with 39,700 miles. After purchase found out with the original owner, it was in for repairs (not maintenance) at the following mileages: 1916, 12258, 14062, 21409, 23772, 33602, 35413, 39361, 39426, 39554. Note how soon after that last repair visit the previous owners sold it. I now have 59k on it and has been in the shop 6 times in 11 months. nav/radio replaced, heating/cooling control panel replaced, broke down with engine issues, seat heater replaced, etc etc etc.,
Great engine and driveability. Be prepared to spend some $$ on repairs. Don't exepct help from VW customer service. They do get great mileage and are fun to drive. just be sure you have the time and money to take it in for repairs constantly.
add more characters to this field so I can more accurately describe the issues and post a real review. Quality and reliability are far inferior to the Toyota, Honda and Fords I have owned. Customer service at VW will not stand behind their vehicles.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
I've owned the TDI for 50,000 miles and I have had no problems. The car gets better than 42 mpg's as I drive between 55 and 60. I bought my car on July 30th, the last day of the government $1,200 tax rebate scheme, and the car was manufactured in May, so any early production bugs were probably all worked out. I want to keep the car for another 200,000 miles, let us see how that goes.
The torque power for the money I paid for the car is the best car deal. I drove at least 7 other competitors and the TDI won hands down.
It is still hard to estimate where the back end of the car really is when backing up. I ALWAYS think I am a foot closer than I really am. HUGE blind spots where the back window meets the rear window. The large piece of car seems to block my entire view of the road. I use my mirrors but I am always spending way too much time looking behind me - this is because more than once I almost hit people who I couldn't see. My old Saturn, 180,000 miles no issues sold for $1,000, had perfect visibility and I dearly miss that.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
My 2010 VW Jetta TDI sportwagen was fine for the first 4 thousand miles then it has been nothing short of a nightmare. In 2.5 years this TDI has been in the shop over 80 days for check engine and service now (glow plug flashing) at this point the car just quits when it feels like it. Parts, parts and more parts has yet keep this VW on the road. Driving down the road no warning..Quits!, make a turn and hit a pothole..Quits! Trade-in value at VW dealers is 4 to 5 thousand dollars off bluebook because of the "issue" with this car. Customer care would only offer 1 thousand dollars and refused to swap for a same year and milage VW.Make things right..guess not. Hitler's dream is my nightmare
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
2010 Jetta TDI rated 42 on the road and getting 38 on the road. MPG indicator always reads higher than actual MPG. Fun to drive...MPG does not meet implied MPG. Car will lope and/or miss fire dealer finds nothing and has no way to correct issue of very low MPG.
Driving the car is fun!
All cars should be required to meet there implied MPG rating on the road. City drive could vary. But, out on the road could be a simple task to meet and all dealer should have proper equipment to locate issues!
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
I have a 2011 Golf Sportswagen (Jetta in U.S.A.) and knew precisely what I was getting into. I was aware of the DSG problems that have been fixed . I knew that these were perhaps the finest seats that you can get in a car because I have a very bad back and these seats were the tonic. I loaded up the options list because I travel a lot each year - about 60,000 miles per because we have a home just north of Maine and I drive about 16 hours at a stretch. My only complaints have been the trim seals for the rear doors that were fixed under warranty. Other than that I knew to get a mid cycle refresh model so that all the bugs were worked out.
Like I said the seats are great as is the acceleration with the turbo. Where I drive there is a need for overtaking large trucks and campers so, this car passes others with little drama. Also, the car is nice and quiet at 75 mph. This is clearly a highway vehicle and it gives lots of confidence on long trips and varying climates. Cannot beat the mileage either. I get about 500 miles per tank providing I stay below 75 mph. The torque is addictive!
In Canada all of the sportwagens were fitted with Hankooks which I switched pretty quickly to Continental DWS. Very quiet and a much more composed ride. Also, we do not get the HID headlights which would be a big improvement over the base ones. Finally I had the brakes serviced at my cost ($300.00) and it makes a big difference. VW in my opinion should have done this for free because clearly it needed this servicing.
I purchased my Jetta TDi early January 2010 and at the time of writing this it is latter September 2011. Since purchasing the vehicle I have been using Fuelly.com to track my expenses and fuel usage from mile 1. Mixed city driving and average around 38 miles to gallon so I fuel up around once a month. Highway to DC 50+ mpg back roads to Ocean City loaded down with luggage and people 39 mpg. ISSUES: iPod cable (on third one and will replace this one on warranty). Bluetooth issue at purchase. Could not pair phone with it. Warranty replace. RCD10 media button came off on my finger more than likely do to interior temp was over 120 degrees F. Transmission did not engage once on a steep hill
We don't get extreme colds here but we do get cold and I love the heated seats! Love the bluetooth hands free. Some states and areas it is illegal to use hand held device. Enjoy the multifunction display. Ergonomics is great and easy to use. Trunk space is great large capacity and love the velco blocks to hold things in place when only a few items.
relocate the iPod dock plug. I am sure that is where the issue is with the bad plug issue. Cigarette lighter - relocate really hampers the use of that area. Would love more feedback from the vehicle like EGT (Exhaust Gas Temperature) some times it is best to leave vehicle idle so wont damage turbo Boost Gauge (turbo boost) - if your cruising at 60 mph it would have Xlbs of boost (being a diesel) if it doesn't one day, you know there is an issue. Also helps with managing the vehicle
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
19k miles and 21 months of ownership. So far ran into these problems ( all fixed under warranty): parking brake failure. Both rear door locks stopped working, doors would not unlock. Dealer replaced the switches. Front passenger door wouldn't lock, I was in another town on vacation and had to leave the car knowing that the front passenger door was unlocked. rear center seat belt jammed/locked. dealer replaced the whole mechanism. Fuel pump failure on 8/1/11. an expense of about $8000, dealer replaced even though they said it was not covered under warranty. fuel economy dropped to 28 recently. steering wheel loosened a bit at the center. pursuing mediation through BBB.
First and foremost reliability and dependability, everything else comes later. stop dumping half baked solutions in the name of cutting edge technologies.
Have put 37000+ flawless mile on the vehicle. Not one problem. Been to the dealer three times for free oil change and service. Always get 42 to 44 per tank with individual drives of over 50mpg. Seats are very comfortable, ergonomics are first rate. Vehicle is very easy to live with on a day to day basis. Did not get nav system, GARMIN is much less expensive.
Diesel engine, transmission, fuel consumption or lack thereof. The car is just very easy to live with. My wife will often take this over the 2011 BMW X5 diesel! She likes to try to get 50mpg. Cavernous storage
Almost the perfect vehicle.........
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
The 2010 Jetta TDI is far and away the finest car I have ever owned. It is tightly constructed and a joy to drive. Best of all is the mileage: in a mix of highway and suburban driving, I consistently get in the mid-to-high 40's, sometimes over 50 mpg. I like the styling (last year for this style) and the interior quality is excellent. While not a screamer, performance is beyond adequate. In 20 months, I have put over 47,000 miles on this car with very few issues. My wife has a Honda Accord, and she is very jealous of my Jetta. I'm very pleased!
Standard satellite radio; 45-50 highway mpg; comfort; performance; styling; environmental friendliness; available manual transmission.
The rear deck is a little high and limits rear visibility. The touch screen radio is a potential distraction. The accessories sometimes seem to have a mind of their own (for example, the wipers go into intermittent mode when the vehicle stops, whether I want them to or not). I wish an iPod adapter was standard.
I have had this car for 6 months - mostly driven in Wisconsin winter conditions. After 8,500 miles all I can say is WOW! Fun would be an understatement. I spent about $800 for a winter set of alloy rims and Michelin X-Ice tires at Tire Rack - highly recommend winter tires given the torque in this engine. Averaged 38 to 40 MPG over coldest months driving 40% city/60% highway. Now above freezing and getting 42 to 44 MPG. If I really keep off the gas pedal I can get high 40s, but hard to do when you have that engine under the hood. Beats the heck out of my wife's Camry Hybrid and gets much better highway milage (city milage too in cold weather.) Manual is a little touchy until you get feel.
Interior fit and finish is great, as is touch screen audio system. Bluetooth with phone sounds great. Trunk is huge. Covered vinyl seats with custom sheepskin covers (accomodates air bags) to provide cold/hot weather comfort but they neutralize heated seats. Mileage is great.
Tight rear seat leg and foot room for adults. Dealer dinged door while in for warranty service (both rear window seals needed to be replaced) but they fixed it.
First, the good: the car is very fun to drive, the interior compares with much higher priced cars and the fuel economy is good. The, bad: two "campaigns" within 6 months, oil leak, sway bar (common problem I've read) and lower control arm bushings (common problem I've read) all replaced. Now, it's leaking diesel after 18,500 miles and just about six months. There is a problem with some of the high pressure fuel pumps failing. Hopefully, this is not a precursor of the failure for me. I loved the car at first, but service at the dealers is poor and VW customer service is less than helpful. Be forewarned about the high pressure fuel pump failure and poor service from dealers
Fun to drive; good fuel economy; quality of interior; sporty suspension
Reliability; better service at dealers (it takes 1 - 2 weeks to get an appointment and they always seem to have to keep your car for a part order) Address the high pressure fuel pump failure that could result in upwards of $10,000 in repairs. I have read VW and dealers sometimes blame it on "bad fuel." Probably not the case, in my opinion. NHTSA is investigating.
As this is my 4th VW, I thought I knew of all the features this car offered but several time with the past 2 weeks of ownership I've found new features that my Rabbit did not have. Performance, comfort, features and free maint for 36K miles cannot be beat.
Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, turbo power is there whenever needed, Sirius radio, heated seats, spacious trunk, grocery bag hooks in trunk. MPG is averaging 38 in mixed driving. Trip computer is very comprehensive
Can't think of much... Maybe put the TDi engine in a Tiguan body? don't excite me, but the 2011 redesign took away too many of the features I've loved about the MKV, 2010 models
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
Panoramic, Goal wheel upgrade, and Ipod hookup. dGoal wheels are great if clean your own car. Payed premium for diesel and fuel economy. Don't know if hype and economy is worth paying sticker. Had a massive water leak from sunroof drain hose that leaked into spare tire pan. A couple inches of water in the pan and your windows will never defog. Had to talk the dealer into a loaner for that issue. Pleather is underwhelming. Might be nice after sand volleyball league and mtn. biking next summer. Still miss the leather. Seats hurt your back and butt on long drives. Does not sound or smell like the old diesels. To find the diesel pump, look for the oil slick at the gas station.
42 highway, 35-ish city. No diesel stereotypical drawbacks (smell, rattle, noise). Audio, satellite, Ipod hookup. Controls all intuitive. Handles good, great mileage. Stick is responsive and fun to drive. Steering wheel controls and driver info is top notch. Pano roof is cool, best in back seat.
Homelink, sunglass storage, better seats, leather, and a little more cockpit room. Auto-climate control. These are all features my 2000 Passat had, and I hoped they would have trickled down and been standard by now. Bluetooth hookup works well, but sound quality on both ends is not good.
What car gets better than the posted EPA averages in both city and hwy mileage? Jetta TDI, of course. I had a diesel Rabbit back in the late 70's but this car is light years ahead of that. Solid, peppy, quiet and fast. We constantly play "beat the mgps" and post our success to the web. You can get in the high 60's for mpgs if you go easy on the gas pedal but when you need acceleration even up a hill you got it.
Quiet solid ride, doors, seats, radio and mileage. Lots of info via the electronic console. Great steering wheel feel, fantastic tiptronic transmission.
Trunk key hole and a place to put your hand when closing the truck, something like a chromed lip on the outside - there's a grip on the inside but it's awkward. Cheaper NAV option, chromed wheel mags instead of brushed, door panel ding guard strips. Sun visor could have more pull out options.
Bought a White/tan Jetta TDI 4-door, w/DSG transmission, sunroof, 17" wheels & iPod int. kit. Paid $24,853 incl'g destination (& free matts!). Traded-in a (German-made) 2-seater convertible, 6 cyl, that took prem fuel. First fill-up (combined hwy/city driving) yielded 38mpg and price of fuel was $2.69. Thought I'd miss my 6cyl vehicle, but haven't noticed; great acceleration with this vehicle, plenty of room, and a great touch- screen radio! I've also owned an Audi A-4 and this is as nice/nicer and a lot cheaper & quicker.
MPG; DSG Transmission; touch screen radio w/Sirius sat radio (wouldn't have car w/o it!) is amazing; Bluetooth; acceleration, handling, fit & finish! Love the heated seats in this COLD weather too.
Self-dimming driver's side exterior & rear-view mirrors; fog lights (why is it $477 to have them installed after purchase?!); and the ability to turn the headlights completely off (DRL's stay on) when needed; splash guards.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
My wife and I bought a 2009 Jetta SE last April and were very impressed. After much deliberation, I decided to give up my Infiniti M45 in exchange for a TDI Sportwagen. I find myself defending this move to my friends on a daily basis and truly believe it was a great move. Double the gas mileage, great stereo/navigation system with hard drive, and panoramic sunroof were the biggest selling features. The tax credit was a nice bonus too. It is not a hot rod, won't turn heads, and has some odd quirks, but is a really great car overall. I have averaged about 39 MPG over the first 2,000 miles. No problems to this point with either of our new VW's.
Tie between the panoramic sunroof and hard drive audio system. Audio system would win if it didn't reset the mix every time its turned off...tends to replay songs too often.
Homelink!!! No idea how they can continue to leave this off! The media system also takes a little too long to start up.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
Have had TDI wagon for a few weeks and absolutely love it. Amazing combination of horsepower/torque and gas mileage. Really fun to drive. Terrific stereo. I bought the sunroof option and it brings a lot of light in, especially into the back seat. Auto options are terrific: can have economy in standard Drive, switch to sporty in S, and downshift manually with Tiptronic.
TDI performance. 6speed auto is very smooth. Premium stereo is nice. Navigation system has traffic.
None so far.
My wife and I looked at every car with a wagon or hatch rear end and this is the best car by far. We both loved the fit and feel of the interior. Exterior won't win any speed races, but is respectable none the less. For the record the bluetooth system works great and does stream from internet radio with an iphone. No diesel smell at all, and from the cabin you can't really tell it's a diesel engine by sound. Rear defroster is almost instantaneous. Love the feel of the steering on long trips, very solid feeling in the wind and no sort of wandering feel you get with a lighter car.
Touchscreen audio system, Sat radio, steering wheel controls, dsg auto, heated leather-like seats (we didn't want real leather) and tons of space in the back. we got the luggage organizer blocks for the truck and they work really well.
Center console can be a bit tricky. Full power front seats would be nice at this price point. Rear view mirror isn't the best looking compared to the quality look of the rest of the interior. Not a problem though really.
We love our car, but..... We have not reached 40 MPG yet and we live in a rural area (very little city driving) - maybe will improve with warmer weather. Our biggest complainant is that the "ERG filter gasket" has twice needed to be replaced. No big deal expect for inconvenience of two service appointments in the first 2000 miles. It's not a quick fix either and the part had to be ordered both times for a total of 4 trips to dealership. Our Service Manager stated that this has happened on other Jetta TDI wagons - So why not stock the part??? Otherwise a great car
huge sun roof
Remarkable, comfortable, economical and extremely competent vehicle. We have over 4000 miles on it and always get about 41+mpg per tank. On individual trips the mileage will vary. Last week commuting to school my wife got 47.3 mpg on her 120 mile round trip. The car is very comfortable with typical supportive German seats. The car feels a lot like the older Mercedes we have owned in the past. So far there have been no maintenance issues at all. Very reliable and fun to drive. The trunk is huge and square shaped so packing is easy and convenient. There is nothing negative about this vehicle at all. For 26,116 dollars you can get one great ride and it does not have a 300 Pound toxic waste dump battery
The engine and trans combination is great. As is the Sat radio, the seats,the trunk space.....everything about the car is done right and well. Our Verizon phones both hooked up and our phone books loaded right in. 40+ mpg all the time is SUPERB. There is nothing negative about this vehicle. Buy it!!
Make the side mirrors an inch bigger in width and height,need more storage in the console area such as a cell phone slot.The dimmer switch for the interior/dash lights needs to be able to dim some more. At night the sat radio screen is too bright.Put the fuel filler on the left side.
Very satisfied with the Jetta TDI. The drive (on dry pavement), comfort, and fuel economy are outstanding. Good green car and alternative to a hybrid. One can tell it is a diesel on a cold morning. When temperature is below 30, the car does sound like a diesel truck. The car does not handle well in snow. Does not have good traction.
The fuel economy puts a hybrid to shame. I am averaging 48 MPG on the highway. Great they added Sirius radio to the TDI. Really like the MPG monitoring. Like the heated seats. Bluetooth integrates well with a T-Mobile phone, interesting.
Automatic switching from daytime running lights to night lights. Lack of tone control on the radio. Still not sure about reliability.
I have not drove a VW since my brothers VW transporter in 1972 trip to Baja Mexico. We bought a clean Diesel TDI Jetta wagon I have drove 280 miles and my tank is still 1/2 full. I had to junk my 11 year old Buick Park Ultra Sedan. The steering collapsed. I am a big guy 6' 4" the Jetta fits me great. Leg room elbow comfort, hip space head room comfy seats. Lots of electronics the radio and speakers are concert hall quality. I can put my entire CD collection on one 4gb flash card and plays the all. Next year a HOMELINK feature would be good. I love it what a nice car. After reading the history I did not know the British ran the company.
Comfort head rest, Elbow rests in the door water storage in door. The radio. The intelligent wipers. Power as the MPG,White on White interior and exterior panoramic roof so much light.
Homelink and more storage in the dash.
being 42 yr old driver I have had several new and used cars in my lifetime to this point. By far this car is a blast to drive handles like my old 280 zx but gets 40+ miles to the gallon. acceleration,cornering and all around performance is top notch . Interior is well laid out the seat could be a slight touch larger but are comfortable more sporty than plush. All in all if the expected reliability is what its supposed to be I can see myself still driving this car in 7 years from now. And what I save a month on gasoline from not driving my pick up it is just about 3/4 of my car payment
DSG transmission sport regular auto or tip tronic. The built in controls in steering wheel phone stereo and trip computer all at your finger tips.
Bring back the puddle lights and key acess to the truck from the outside. And when you say a full size spare make it the FULL SIZE not an inch smalller.
After 10,000 miles i can't think of a more comfortable car for the money. A little more cabin noise than I expected. Now getting 43-45 mpg on the highway. Great car. Interior definitely showcases german build quality and attention to detail. Transmission is very smooth. Very happy and satisfied with it.
Sound system is great. Transmission is excellent.
A little more insulation for road noise.
Have 2800 miles on the car and no problems. Drives like a rocket in some RPM ranges and like a donkey in other RPM ranges. You have to get to know this engine, which is a jewell, and that makes it very interesting. Best of all i am averaging 42 miles per gallon and tank up every 2 weeks on a 14.5 gallong tank getting 600 miles per tank. Diesel is at about $2.90 per gallon so that equates to about $38 bucks every two weeks. I drive 50 miles per day plus the usual errands. Love that diesel "Purr" when in heigh gears, it tells me I am in low compsumptionn mode. Blue Tooth is great even without navigation syst. Fit and finnish on paar with Audi, inside and out. Stereo wonderfull.
Engine, Milaege, Bluetooth, fit/finnish.
Better ingress/egress, better cup holders. Typical Germanic choppy ride over un-even pavement......however great steering, Nuetral and centered.
I originally purchased the Golf TDI, and returned it. Brought home the TDI Jetta with the DSG. This car comes standard with incredible features. Satellite Radio, and bluetooth are excellent. The DSG shifts very fast, and sport mode makes this car really go when the turbo kicks in. The Golf TDI was a lot more fun to drive, and the sport seats were much better than the leatherette offered in the Jetta. Gas Mileage is great, but the dealer recommended that I do not fill it up with Biodiesel. I have been averaging 30 to 34 mpg in city, and managed 43 mpg on the highway. Also purchased at 0.0% financing. Great Car, but not as much fun as as the Golf.
Bluetooth, Satellite Radio. 16" wheels look nice for a standard feature. Gas mileage! Trunk is huge. Diesel engine is quiet, the DSG is an awesome transmission.
Sport seats would be a nice option. They are only available in the TDI cup. Side pillars are too wide, and the rear window is angled strange. Car has too many blind spots. Wind noise is bad in this car. Much better in the Golf. The golf is a much better all around car. You get more for $
I had this car for little over a month, 1900miles. Great car....but, I am ready to replace it for regular gasoline. The dealership found already traces of regular gasoline in my fuel system, even I only fueled only 3 times with diesel. You will have hard time finding a good gas station that doesn't mix the cheaper regular gasoline into the more expensive diesel fuel. Be aware, this becomes your problem, warranty doesn't cover this fraud. Replacing fuel system could cost you $6,000.
fuel economy, radio
the climate control knobs are bad, the line marks on the knobs are so bad that it's hard to see while driving what settings you want to pick. terrible design
I just bought a new Jetta. In only 2 weeks, I have already had 2 different problems requiring 2 different trips to the dealership. Neither VW nor the dealership offered a free rental car while my car was being repaired.
Great mixture of fun to drive and fuel economy. Getting about 36 mpg city and 45 highway. great stereo, love the sd memory card feature. Surprising trunk space; I like the bluetooth connectivity.
performance, mileage, stereo, styling.
driver's side window frame is too far forward to comfortably rest arm out window. Would shift easier from reverse to 1st if reverse was down instead of up; sometimes I start in 3rd without knowing it, and it kills. Should be able to restart it without turning it all the way off.
After having driven this car for 1,000 miles, there have been no problems with the car so far. The TDI makes this car very fuel efficient, averaging over 48 mpg, while being able to zip past cars when the need arises. The interior feels and looks upscale while the price is very reasonable.
Bluetooth hands-free connection. TDI for fuel-efficiency.
Loaded with extras, sunroof, excellent handling, great mileage, dealer incentives, bluetooth hands-free, ipod connection...what's not to love. Hopefully, reliability is not an issue.
Diesel engine, 6 speed manual transmission
Got my Jetta TDI a couple of weeks ago. I can't stop smiling when driving it and I can't stop looking up more info on what others say about their love for the TDI. Wanted a Sportswagen but the great deal I got on the sedan was unbeatable - 0% financing for 66 months fro VW Credit. Thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Emich VW in Denver. My wife and two sons love going on drives with me. Hoping winter driving in it goes well, but have heard good reports (used to driving 4wheeldrives). Thank you VW for all of the fun, safety, performance, MPGs! My 3rd VW in 26 years. Can't beat the enjoyment of all of my v-dubs.
The get-up-and-go-plus-great-gas-milage all in one car. Interior design and quality. Hugs the road. Stereo. Bluetooth. Big trunk. Makes me look forward to driving every day!
Exterior design is okay.
I was looking for a car with good fuel efficiency, comfortable to travel home from Minneapolis to Bismarck, and room for bicycles in the summer and 210cm cross country skis in the winter. Crash safety was also very important. After narrowing it down to the Jetta and a Subaru Impreza, I chose the Jetta. The manual is a much more tricky than any I've ever used, but once you get the hang of it, it's not too bad. Expect to kill the engine now and again. There's tons of space in the trunk. It is better than hatchback versions of the Subaru and Mazda3 I drove in terms of space and ski/bike fit. The seats are very comfortable, and I fit well in the driver's area. Good visibility.
I'm getting 39mpg combined. the touch screen and driver's computers are well thought out bluetooth It has super acceleration in 2nd gear; the speeds you really need it around town. Faster than that, it's wimpy (so aggressive driving is difficult) making 40mpg+ efficiency easy to achieve
An ULTRA annoying piece of the buying process was that there is a MANDATORY ~$500 "Sport Kit" not included in MSRP. All it is are crappy floor mats and a tiny, ugly spoiler. Total waste of money. I almost didnt buy because of this The air selector knob is difficult to see from the driver's seat
When my old XTerra wore out I started shoping for a replacement and couldn't find a small-medium SUV that I liked and the fuel mileage was bad in all of them. Then I stumbled accross the Jetta sportwagon TDI. I liked the specs and the looks were ok, but it was the test drive that sold me within the 1st minute. After 3 months and 4500 miles I haven't looked back once. The only problem is that my wife and I are always fighting for the Jetta. Her accord sits in the garge most of the time.
The fuel economy initially got my attention, but the driving performance and comfort are awsome! The JSW has more usable cargo space than my old XTerra.
The factory roof rack cross bars are akward and they would have been better off with a standard thule or yakima.
I've always been a big fan of VW. The Jetta TDI is great to drive, sporty, yet allows to pack loads of stuff for the family. Thought the fuel economy of the TDI would be a bit better - you'll have to do very conservative driving to do the 1200 km per tank they advertise! Biggest dissapointment: Comfort. I haven't been able to find a comfortable position for long driving, and my son is only 5'9" and he has no head clearance at the back. I think the seats in the Golf are much better. Overall, it is a great car (can't beat the VW handling...) for sporty driving. I just wished they'd come up with better seat configuration.
Handling; Solid construction
Better seat cushions and adjustments
Purchased a manual transmission tdi wagon in late august. Have owned a diesel rabbit back in the 70's, since then nothing but hondas and volvos. Vw has hit a home run with the jetta sportwagen. Fun to drive, great gearing, 40+ mpg since day one. Decided to purchase when vw finally had incentives on the diesel (1.9%) plus the tax credit. Hope it lasts like my hondas and volvos. So far no complaints, and pleasure to drive. Looking forward to how it handles snow this winter.
None so far
Fantastic car. Was always a fan of VW quality and driving dynamics, though got spooked into Asian cars a few years ago due to reliability woes. This car, though, with its perfect combination of driving dynamics, utility, efficiency, build quality, and understated good looks called me with her siren song. Improving VW reliability of late, tax credit, and great price made it irresistible. Traded in a Honda Civic, which was bullet proof, though tired of driving an appliance. Feels great to be enjoying German driving experience again. Avg 32 mpg in town, 45 on the hwy.
fun to drive, fuel economy, cavernous interior, panoramic sunroof, DSG transmission, overall fit and finish, interior quality,high safety ratings
3 months and 3000 miles later and what a great little car! Fun to drive, 45 mpg highway (cruise on 69) overall average of 35 mpg +. Flexibility of a wagon is great. Ipod integration nice, if a little slow at times. Had I known that the navi system was navi only, no upgrade on the bluetooth, I may have thought twice about this option. VW has a bluetooth "Low" and "High" and the JSW TDI is low, so no voice dial or phone book import. Presented upgrade instructions found on line to the dealer and they offered to swap in the 9W3 unit for a mere $600 or so ($465 control unit, $25 for the antenna, 80 labor). They were as accommodative as could be, so no hard feelings... Oh well, live and learn
Fun to drive, great gas mileage, comfortable. Steering wheel controls, integrated info screen between the speedo and tach. SMG is smooth as silk. Turbo whooosh when you step on it.
memory mirrors and seats, make the Navi a better value by including the bluetooth high functionality, esp. given the price of the option.
Well, only a few weeks in my Jetta TDI, but so far I love it. With the manual 6-speed it is fun to drive, especially between 2d and 5th gear, but even in 6th at 70mph on the highway, there is plenty of "go" to move around in traffic. And my first three tanks of diesel I am AVERAGING 41.5 mpg (I drive about70/30 hwy/city). And with the seats down, yesterday I put my daughters bike in the trunk without taking any wheels off, so what's not to like.....
Fuel economy and low-end torque.
The Bluetooth phonebook connection is lame.
the car runs well and gets great mileage, but the navigation system does not have all the maps and does not connect to the phone (despite phone buttons). i am most annoyed because all VW customer service says is to talk to navteq and buy new, several hundred dollar, map upgrades. very poor customer service in my opinion. minor gripe, but there is a noticable delay with the horn.
2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI - Candy White, Black Interior, 6-speed. My wife wanted something with room and good gas mileage(not easy to find, as you may already know). I wanted something fun to drive. BAM! VW has the perfect solution. We've only got a little over 1K miles, but this car is great and grows on me more every day. 6-speed is a blast to drive, does not feel like a station wagon at all. Plenty of room for us, our daughter w/ car seat, 2 dogs and luggage on last road trip. What a great feeling to look down and see that you're cruising along at 75+ mph and getting 42+ mpg!! We plan on keeping this car for a LONG time...thanks VW!
Fit and Finish, MPG, Low End Torque, Room In Trunk, Drivers Seat and Positioning, Touch Screen Radio, Leather Steering Wheel, 17" Wheels.
Better Interface w/ Ipod (can be a bit awkward to find a particular song), slightly more leg room in back seat....that's really about it, the rest of car is great.
Did a lot of checking on many cars such as focus,civic and camery. After driving all of them so glad I went with the Tdi jetta. Has more pick up handles better then all the rest on the list and I am getting 42mpg going to and from work and one third of that is in the city.Inside the sound system is great. Love the seating and trunk space is great. You will love this car
The MPG getting over 600 miles per tank
2010 Jetta TDI, silver. Car is well- built, handles like nothing else I've ever driven. Diesel performance is very good - although you have to get used to it. MPG is fantastic - >40 all the time, even in city driving. So, I'm selling it. Reason - I find the driver's seat amazingly uncomfortable. At 5'11", 205 lbs I don't fit into it, the surface is hard, and the seatback specifically resonates with the vibrations in both the engine and rear suspension - all the way up to the headrest. I've driven trucks and buses for almost 30 years, I've never been so uncomfortable. I don't know what I was thinking on the test drive. Shame on me...
MPG, driver controls, solid feel (except for front seats), huge trunk.
Softer, heavier seatbacks on front seats, better OEM tires.
I bought the thing in a bit of a rush in June to get the tax break, though I had researched it. I bought a basic TDI wagon w/ no moon roof. Basic bluetooth only calls out as another reviewer commented. (Are you kidding me? LAME!) OK. Forget the bluetooth, can't be fixed or flashed. It needs to be replaced at better than a grand. Sigh. The car is fairly well built, looks good, rides ok, moves along well enough. It has a design flaw. This heavy (200 lbs more than the sedan) beast is PRONE TO STALLING. I have driven many manuals, but this is a problem. It has an ultra light flywheel. If it lugs, ECU shuts off at 850 revs! You must turn the key all the way off to restart (Danger!)
Mega Mileage! 45 mpg is quite likely. Roomy in front and back. Climate controls are simple. Rides like a mushy sport truck and handles normal road conditions. Pretty quick for a 140 HP motor.
Lighten the body and increase the flywheel weight. Improve the clutch and accelerator feel. Use aluminum pedals. Make the bluetooth fully functional. Pleather smells bad and feels sticky, substitute cloth/fabric.
2010 Jetta TDI; Graphite Blue, Titan Black interior; 6 spd; 17" rims. Love the styling of this car inside and out -- paint color is absolutely gorgeous. Interior fit and finish is stellar, especially for this price range. Trunk is enormous. Everything you touch feels solid and thoroughly German. Genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter a nice touch. V-tex seating surfaces do get insanely hot, but they're the best synthetic leather interior pieces I've seen -- can't wait to try the heated seats in the winter. Above-average mileage around town, terrific mileage on the highway. It's not a dragster, but accelerates strongly on the highway (3rd-6th), and is quite bored at 90 mph.
Interior/exterior design, trunk size, safety ratings, fuel consumption. 3rd gear is wonderful, as are 4-6. Plenty of low-end grunt and reasonably good handling (you won't mistake it for a 3-series). Make sure to pay attention to your speed, because it will keep accelerating until you get arrested.
Turbo lag, especially in 1st and 2nd. If you don't rev it to 4k in 1st, it's like sticking your foot in a bucket of Vaseline in 2nd, until the turbo kicks in at about 2500. Pretty significant road noise with 17" rims (low-profile tires). Dealer experience was/is abysmal, but the car sold itself.
Bought solely for the TDI and it has been flawless. However maint issues, susp noise, glove box latch (4th I've seen), rear window leaks when lifted up via the wiper mount. Overall has been a good car, sat, CD, seats, and we love the sunroof. Mileage, best has been 42 hwy wo ac, 39 with, hoping for better, but it only has 9k miles. Free maint is good, but should cover more. Had to shop for a fair price so be careful, some dealers will bend you over the table. I would suggest highly an extended warranty, not feeling to safe. Sold my 08 TL Type S due to gas mpg and job change and wish I still had it due to the maint issues already on the VW.
Sunroof, TDI, TDI, TDI,
Touch wider, better light and heat blockage from the sunroof liner.
I finally reached the tipping point with filling my pig of an Audi with fuel every week and had read many positive reviews of VW's 2.0 TDI engine. I have owned several Audis and VWs so I am well aware of their iffy reliability and expensive maintenance, but I've got a good warranty and free maintenance for 3 years. The engine and DSG transmission are perfectly matched. The powertrain is peppy, smooth and relatively quiet, considering it is a diesel. Beware of the Bluetooth option as the wagons have a crude and different module than the TDI sedan that seriously limits the functions. You can only receive incoming calls with the wagon; no downloading of phone contacts or voice control, etc.
Engine, transmission, ride, steering, handling, comfortable seats, multi- function steering wheel, beautiful gauges and displays, nice interior materials, striking black and beige interior color, panoramic sunroof, 10- speaker sound system is pretty good, excellent hard drive Nav, fantastic MPGs!
Crude Bluetooth operation, insist that your dealer install module 9W3 (or 9W7 from the '11s) in your wagon for the enhanced Bluetooth functions, especially if you get the Nav. Some misaligned interior panels. Homely rear end styling. Panoramic sunroof is already starting to rattle when closed.
We did a lot of research when the dust settled it was down to the new Ford Focus, the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Insight. Why the Jetta TDI well it doesnt feel like a small car has a nice ride with lots of safety features that goes a long way on a tank of fuel. Just hope the dependability will be as good as the driving experience has a lot of punch that comes in handy when needed. Its not a luxury car but its nicely equipped youll not think of it as little car. Heritage VW of South AL didnt try all the dealer sells tricks nice to deal with, thank you.
Bluetooth, driving feedback total miles, time and MPG, Handles very well, comfortable seating, sunroof, crazy mileage that turbo power to pass anytime and where.
Dont care for the gas access being on the passengers side of the car.
This is my first vw. I bought it because I thought I will keep the car for ever since I know diesel engines last forever. Also MPG is a huge plus. Shortly after I bought the car I started to see reports about HPFP failures and the way company is blaming them on contaminated fuel! These cars are in the market for only two years and they have less than 30- 40K mileage on them and they are failing! If US diesel fuel is so bad why VW introduced these new engine? Everybody is talking how clean these are but how good they would be if they fail after few thousand miles? The sad part is VW has not issues any answer why HPFP is failing. I bought this car to travel cross country and have fun not concern!
VW needs to explain why HPFP is failing? Since they are defective, they should be extend the warranty for the expected life of the engine. If they believe their engine is relaible and last few hundred thousand miles like other diesel engine, extend the HPFP warranty to that extend.
This is a great, practical car for the money. For a fuel sipping economy car it has great acceleration from 0-50 then looses its oomph. Takes on the AZ mountains with no problems. Mileage averages have been City 32-35mpg, Hwy 40-48, overall after 5000 miles 35mpg. Cargo area has plenty of room especially with the rear seat cushions folded forward. Only complaints are some minor creature comfort issues, lack of storage and excessive road noise. Also, the ipod interface is useless, it takes forever to scroll through the ipod menu as if the stereo needs more memory.
Overall value, great fuel economy, solid build quality, cargo room, sunroof, ergonomics
more interior storage (sunglass holder, cell phone, center console, etc...), automated headlights, dual climate control, sound insulation, better ipod interface and sound system, option for rear view camera
I bought the TDI model in May 2010. Mileage is fantastic, at least 42 MPG depending on type of driving. The car is quiet, responsive, and quick "out of the gate." I believe diesel cars are the unsung heroes of the road.
I like the interior design, very functional, well thought out, and made with quality materials. Large trunk with real spare tire (no donut).
My only gripe are the leatherette seats- -which means they are really vinyl. Vinyl gets very hot in summer, colder in winter than leather, and does not breath well. I would have preferred cloth seating to vinyl.
We picked up this vehicle on Oct. 1st 2009. It is our first VW and we love it. I have a long commute to work and needed a fuel efficient vehicle that will last 2-300,000 miles so we bought a diesel. I drive 90 miles round trip to work. 70% 65 mph up and down hills and 30% city driving. After 30,000 miles we are averaging 42.5 mpg. Winter driving and fuel blend owers the mpg's but the summer is great. Last 5 tanks have all been over 45 mpg and 600+ miles/tank. We've taken it on road trips to see family in Minneapolis and we get 52.1 on our trip. Our best tank was 50.7! So far there have been no problems and we are satisfied thus far.
Mileage, styling (I think the 2010 are better looking that the 2011), sunroof, quiet ride, interior, touch screen satellite radio (after the first year you can usually talk Sirius into giving you a deal to keep it going), the wife likes the heated seats I don't use them
Drives seat could be more comfortable. I spend 1-2 hours in the car everyday and the seat can get uncomfortable, support pillar is large and obstructive-if you are taller and have the seat back quite a ways it's hard to look over your shoulder, head rests are a bit big and don't fit my neck
I am experiencing the hesitation too - to the point that I have almost been hit a few times. So now I wait and not try to cut in traffic.
gas mileage, steering
find out what is causing the lag and fix it
I just purchased a TDI jetta and love it. However, I have experienced the "hesitation " to the point I have almost been hit a few times. You are right in that you have to come to a complete stop for a few seconds then it seems to be ok, but not if you are in traffic and someone tells you to "go ahead" So now I just wait when I can and let the traffic go ahead
once you are moving the pick up is great averaging about 40 mpg
tighten up the lag
Bought the car for the wife but I can't stay out of it. Once you get used to the throttle it is quite peppy and responsive. I can fit in comfortably with some seat adjustments (6'1") 208. Performance is great along with mileage. I have installed AFE cold air intake and Banks performance exhaust which have improved response and mileage, no I am not a kid but the AARP age, just like to improve on a good base. Driving somewhat progressively using sport mode I manage 38 to 40 mpg and blow by hybrids. Best deal I got was $24,200 not inclusive of taxes and title. TDI Sportwagon 6AM, Southern kit, 17's, protection kit, Ipod adapt, body moldings, color White Gold metallic. Less than 2000 miles but happy.
Diesel, mileage, lower maintenance costs, oil changes evry 10000 miles but all maintenance is free for 3yr/36k on my deal. Fun to drive, a little road noise but the Bose system covers that. The interior material is as comfortable as leather and easier to maintain.
I have owned 2 previous Jettas a GTI 4cyl and a VR6 this is a big improvement. I find the visors and overhead storage compartment to be a bit cheesy plastic construction hence my build quality rating of 7. The cost difference of Audi and VW explains the plastic.
I've had the car for a little over 4 months and have 9k on it and I still love it. I average 45 mpg combined with 75% highway. I drive 27 mi to work and my highest comp mpg has been 51.7 mpg, coasting and 55-60 mph, typ is 48 mpg.Love the radio and the SmartCard insert.I have the panoramic roof which is great for continuing to watch a bird/plane you first see from the side windows.This car is fast off the line and when you punch it, excellent.Low road noise, great quality, great features and can fit two adults in back comfortably .I have been putting my kayaks on top and love that it is low, I can put my 55-60 lb'ers up by myself from the side .With the panoramic get the VW rack due to low clearance
Gas mileage, quality of build, radio, smart disk, panoramic roof, dash layout, can turn AC off when defroster is on; back, side and mirror defrosters; heated seats rock, wiper blades.
For manual trans a gear indicator display. I have stalled quite a few times thinking I was in first, but in 3rd. Higher roof rack rails for panoramic roof option. MP3 aux jack blocks cup holder. Minor stuff.
So far, very happy. Granted, I just bought it, so take this for what it is. LOVE the torque! Like the solid/stable feel on the road. My Civic was atrocious in winter and wet conditions, hence I got rid of it. The VW already feels 100% better - winter will be the big test tho. Did I mention that I LOVE the torque?? Interior is very nice. Comfy seats. Sparse on storage cubbyholes, but I can live with that. Less reason for me to put more crap in the car that I don't need. Nice and quiet on the road. Drives very smooth. Will be too easy to get a speeding ticket if I'm not careful, so I appreciate the speed warning (setting) feature! Plenty of power in this car! Great cargo space & stereo.
Torque. Did I mention that already? lol. Stereo. Smooth drive. Great handling. I don't care how 'un-cool 'a wagon may be, this is one fun car to DRIVE! and while all the 'cool' chumps are paying at the gas pump, I'll be enjoying the cool savings in my wallet thank you. 60 mpg says it all.
I live in Canada, so mine is the Golf Wagon. Would like Xenon lamps, they weren't an option on the Highline here. Strange. So far, my only nit-pick is the heater and defroster dials. Hard to read as they have an angled rim. Add the red reflection at night and it's worse. Minor, but hey.
I was looking for a hatchback.I checked several makes. I really liked the GTI. Then tried the TDI Golf. Fuel economy displaced the GTI fun factor. As I was dealing on a TDI Golf I tried the TDI Sportswagen. It just felt smoother than the Golf, so I bought a TDI JSW with DSG. No paddle shifting like on the GTI and TDI Golf, but the extra room, smoother ride and great handling made up the difference, no regrets. I have a MB AMG E55 and BMW 335 hardtop convert, so I have transport options. The JSW gets the most use. It is one of those cars you hop in and just go and go and go. It is getting 45 mpg using D and S and manually shifting when I want more involvement. Diesel $ still less than premium.
The TDI engine torque and MPG. The DSG mode options. Great steering feedback. The wagen handling/cornering. Included rear parcel cover and storage under the rear floor. The right side fuel filler makes a shorter pump wait. I love the cooled seats, rain sensing sunroof, power seats - just kidding!
Fog lights, xenon lights, self-dimming mirror, Homelink, and yes, even paddle shifters. Luxo interior with leather would be OK to add, but would that ruin its "hop in and drive" to work, post office, grocery store, beach, church, Lowes, Sonic, school, soccer game, date night character? Probably!
This by far the most practical vehicle purchase Ive made. I think keeping things in perspective is essential when reviewing a vehicle. Yes, it is called a SportWagon but it does not mean, racetrack ready. It is a perfect vehicle for people with an active lifestyle. You want a more rigid suspension buy the Golf TDI and if you want even more practical sports car buy the GTI. For a wagon this car hits the nail right on the head.
The most usefull Multi Function Display (MFD) /user interface around as well as a A/V/NAV system.
Paint quality and Bluetooth
Traded an '04 Acura TL for the Sport Wagon in search of better gas mileage and flexibility of a wagon. I think this is one of the best engines out there, plenty of power, good mileage (34 mpg on a commute where the TL got 19) It handles as well or better than the TL. Purchased it with Navi, SMG, Ipod and panoramic sunroof. The Navi is not a great value as it doesn't include other technology upgrades like advanced Bluetooth. It is, however well integrated and displays turn-by-turn in the instrument cluster. Bluetooth is OK, but I miss using voice commands to dial the phone (The TL was better in this regard) It is answer- answer using steering wheel buttons.
Overall driving experience, Fun and frugal! The kid's expression when they saw the sunroof, door storage, storage under the cargo floor. Versatility. Ipod integration. Ease of destination entry into Navi. Comfy seats.
More audio warning from the navi when a turn is coming up, advanced bluetooth that allows voice activated dialing. Exterior design a bit boring.
Traded in my '04 Acura TL in search of better gas mileage. Mission accomplished - the Jetta gets 34 mpg on my commute that yielded 19-20 mpg in the TL. The Jetta TDI is fun to drive, I feel even more confident through the twisities than in the TL. There are many thoughtful details like ample storage in the door and glove box as well under the floor of the rear cargo area. The Ipod connector is delightful as well allowing full menus. Touch screen audio is well done. Surprised that I liked the 16" wheels over the 17s Bluetooth connection is "answer only" no voice command or interface for dialing. Found a work-around using the cell phone voice command (sad that a $50 cell trumps a $30K car).
Gas mileage, handling, low lift over into the cargo area, torque to spare! Ipod, touchscreen audio. Panoramic sunroof (the kids love it!).
Automatic climate control, advanced Bluetooth.
I bought our VW JSW TDI only two weeks ago. We live in AL but our local dealers were sticking to MSRP/Sticker. We saved $3,000 (including expenses) by flying to Houston and *driving* our new baby 750 miles back home. We were paying cash, so the savings was "real" to us, instead of just a few bucks per month. It also gave me some time to form some initial impressions. First, this thing HAULS! It *feels* much faster than it's reported 0- 60 times. It holds a 72 MPH "Cruise Control" (at 2300 RPM) up the steepest grades without dropping out of its tallest gear. Amazingly, the seats don't *look* that comfortable, but after 750 miles I realized that I had no butt, leg, or back fatigue. Out of space!!!
A sharp-looking car, inside and out. German build quality (though assembled in Mexico). Powerful, smooth, excellent road dynamics, good audio system, BT phone integration, 17" wheel option is a must, DSG is quirky but competent, insane MPG that rewards attentive driving but doesn't punish leadfoots.
Doesn't sound like a truck, but it's unmistakably a diesel. Would like more isolation from road noise. DSG does *not* act like an automatic trans (in part because it isn't). Front headrests do not "tilt" (a Germanic "feature"). Audio interface is slow. Brakes are NOT linear in their progression.
Here's the verdict after 10,000 miles with the 2010 TDI. I had high hopes for this car and it exceeded all my expectations. Mileage is excellent, performance is surprisingly good, turbo lag isn't too bad, handling is precise and predictable, and reliability has been perfect so far (no problems at all).
The TDI's standard electronics package is outstanding. It has a feature-rich trip computer, standard bluetooth phone support, and an outstanding SD card radio feature (I use a 32GB card). I also have a new BMW 335d and the TDI has much better electronics.
Paint quality (white) looks ok until you put the car alongside a high-end luxury car. I'm no expert but the finish just doesn't look quite as "deep" as I would like. Considering the car's price, this isn't a big deal.
This vehicle is the perfect combination of fun & frugal. The build quality exceeds expectations for a vehicle of this price. The turbo diesel has adequate acceleration but not exciting. Still very fun to drive (I have the manual trans) and the turbo will punch you into the seat at around 2K RPM. The impressive mileage (35-40 in mixed driving) is just considering that it's actually a sporty, good-looking, fun to drive vehicle. Seats are very comfortable. Noticeably more firm. Go with the 17" wheels for a better driving experience. Great storage in the rear. More than many small-ish SUVs.
- Turbo diesel performance & mileage - Excellent interior - Sporty but subtle exterior
- more storage in center console areas. Very little storage if you store your iPod on the iPod connector. - more storage in front of gear shifter. There has to be some wasted space under there. - autodimming mirror w/ Homelink. - Fog lights (not even an option???). - better headlights.
There is no such thing as the perfect vehicle as every design is a compromise but the Jetta TDI is unique in that it gets terrific mileage while being fun to drive. The rush of turbo power from the diesel is very satisfying and the range makes filling up almost fun. For those with bluetooth issues try a different phone; address book works on some and not on others. Mine is Windows Mobile 6.5 and it works fine. It will pair with up to 7 phones and the most recent paired phone gets used first so pair the main drivers phone last. Steering wheel controls available on the TDI are great and cooled (large) glove box and AC plug in back seat are a nice touch.
Love the DSG transmission, touchscreen radio with SD card capability. I never liked using my IPod in the car and it is much cheaper to have an SD card stolen than an IPod. Seats are very comfortable and although manual I don't miss electric controls because they work so well. 10,000 mile oil changes
Storage for second pair of sunglasses. Pen and change storage in console.
I already have 10,000 miles on the car. Absolutely no defects. I have about 70/30 highway/city split in miles. My average over the past 10,000 miles is 39.9 mpg. My best mpg was a trip up a mountain from 1000 ft to 5300 ft for 56 mpg round trip (44 mpg on the way up). The car keeps on getting better and better gas mileage. It is really fun to drive. I smile every time I fill up. It is remarkably faster than I would have expected, I can pass just about anyone. I love the handling. You definitely won't regret buying this car. It is for the guy who hates wimpy hybrids, but wants to save some gas.
Gas mileage, engine power, styling
Fog lights, a second cigarette lighter in the back for more electronics, an Iphone adapter that will allow me to use the phone and control the phone from the console.
I bought a 2010 Jetta Sportwagen Diesel with 6 speed Std. Transmission in Nov. 2009. I was looking for a vehicle that a) Good for carrying a bicycle (my hobby) b) Good fuel economy c) Fun to drive. This car is very good on all counts and no problems so far.
Excellent fuel economy - after break in typically 41 - 42 mpg I can put my bicycle right in the back without removing the front wheel. Much faster acceleration when needed than the Civic I had been driving.
The climate controls are not too clear and the symbols are much too small for me.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M) TDI Cup Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
Really happy, that sums things up nicely. If you are looking for a sporty sedan that gets better gas mileage than most hybrids, you found it. The first reasonably priced sporty diesel in the U.S., I can carve corners and still be good to the environment (and my wallet).
Sporty handling, tons of torque, really comfortable seats, features of the radio system (SD card, Sirius radio, Bluetooth). Oh yeah, and 40+ MPG around town, no hypermiling..
Little "luxury" stuff.. Wish it had Xenon headlights, and factory fogs (though European OEM fogs are readily available).
I shopped for a mpg champ and looked at Hybrids. Ford was unable to get an Escape Hybrid that led me to Edmunds et al. I found the VW Sportwagen TDI. I liked the quality and the price so I bought it. It has the cargo space of an Escape with mileage exceeding its EPA and also for less money. Granted it is not an SUV but it is a nice car. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in cargo space and MPG. Also there is a $1300 tax credit they told me until June 30, 2010. Edmunds, Consumer Reports are right about this being a good alternative to a hybrid. I recently found Hybrid owners on the forums say their MPG drops with battery age by about 5-8 mpg on Escapes. So, my loss was gain.
Diesel Power, DSG transmission, rear AC, house AC plug on console, MPG, handling.
Foglights, Bluetooth upgrade to voice control and homelink. If the car had these features it would be accessorized as much as most any car on the market.
The inside is luxurious with lots of fine touch. Windows keep on closing even when the ignition is turned off. With the engine off the excellent radio can be turned on. The trunk closes without crashing the contents. This is the first car that I enjoy just taking
Stability, power, radio
more power at low RPM, larger glove compartment
We are expecting our first baby and wanted something more spacious and safe than our old sedan. However, we also wanted something with good mileage that was also powerful (that ruled out the Prius). This car fit the bill perfectly. We are averaging about 35 mpg after 2000 miles (city+hwy) and the car has some serious pick-up. It handles beautifully and has some serious pick-up.The interiors are very stylish and the controls are very practical. We had the power sunroof added on and it is well worth the money, makes us feel like we are in a convertible. We paid MSRP.
Power sunroof, intuitive controls, mileage, torque, handling on curves, heated seats, LCD touch-screen.
Cable for iPod integration is too short and comes off too easily.
This is not my first VW, let alone my first Jetta. I've owned 7 VWs previously. As always, the quality is very good for the price, and the TDI diesel engine is phenomenal on fuel mileage. On a recent 100 mile round trip on secondary (2-lane) country roads, we averaged about 42mpg with the AC on. Very nice! By far one of the better cars I've owned...and my other car is a 2008 Corvette that cost $63,000 new, so am a bit picky! And, contrary to popular belief, Low Sulfur Diesel is available everywhere. I live in a small town and within 10 miles there are 6 gas stations, four of which offer the proper diesel, the other two I didn't even bother to check.
The touch screen satellite radio is very cool. Huge trunk space. Amazing fuel economy. Lots of airbags...safety for my kid who will probably learn to drive in this car. Pretty decent European styling. Great warranty and free services for the first 3 years.
Brakes are a bit grabby when slowing to a stop. Could be sprung a bit stiffer. Other than that can't think of a thing.
I've put over 3000 miles on the VW TDI since 15 March and have enjoyed it immensely. I hit 44 mpg on a trip from Memphis to Indianapolis and still had 3 gallons in the tank when I filled up only a half mile from my house. The car doesn't have as much kick as the VW Jetta 1.8T (our second car), but it is close and improves the gas mileage by over 10mpg. Gas mileage does take a hit going over 70, but you could probably get close to 50 going between 55-60. I wasn't about to get run off the interstate to find out. The stereo features a great sound stage because of the extra speakers, and the 16cf is great. In response to an earlier review, the car does have brakes that do work well.
Great gas mileage Stereo system Trunk size Pep for an economy car.
The dials on the weather control panel feel cheap.
This car breaks the diesel stereotype of being loud and dirty. This car is quiet and produces no black smoke. It's torque is fun, fuel mileage is great, and it is a sleek ride. I have owned this car for a week and no one I know even knows its a diesel. So far its solid. So far city driving 34 mpg during break in period.
Radio, axillary input, 6 speed manual, torque
Flappy paddle shifters for the automatics. (I would have sold out if they had those)
I traded in my Highlander Hybrid for a JSW TDI and can't be happier. After nearly 10K miles, the car is driving great and the engine is really breaking in. I drive 60 miles each way to work, and on one trip home last week, I average 50.8 mpg! That's more than twice what I gut with my hybrid. Car is comfortable, and I love the nav with satellite traffic. Makes picking a route home during the evening rush much easier. Highly recommend this for commuters who need to carry stuff, or have big dogs, like I do.
Nav with satellite traffic, mpg, easy to clean seats, comfortable driving position, trip computer, bluetooth
Better headlights, auto dimming mirrors, power seats
Never had a VW before, but wanted to replace our nice '05 MT Subaru Legacy wagon with an AT car that got better mpg but was as nicely appointed and fun to drive. After I test drove the 2010 Prius, my husband suggested we just stop by the nearby VW dealer to check out their TDI models. I knew almost nothing about clean diesel technology and what good mpg these cars get. When I first hopped into the Jetta SportWagen TDI, I was IMMEDIATELY sold!! Car is beautifully designed and appointed, solid, and has a fun and sporty feel. MPG is fabulous, and I understand it just improves over time, so I expect to average over 40 mpg in mixed driving. I'm happy when I drive it, and that's the bottom line!
Interior styling is classy and solid. Love the panoramic sunroof and touch screen radio. Love the MID (media in device for iPod). Love the mpg information display in the dash. Love the simplicity of the controls. Love the Salsa Red color!
Windshield wipers seem a bit flimsy, but that's my ONLY complaint!
Great car, excellent acceleration, a bit jerky with slow speed braking, but overall a great car. Fit and finish are excellent. Very comfortable.
This is my commuter and our family car. one year and 10000 miles, at 40.5 mpg [I have an excel spreadsheet for mileage] for a car with 95% commute of half 35 to 45 mph then highway, total of 58 mile round trip for work. Mileage is getting better, with the computer reporting a best of 49.1 mpg one morning on the way to work recently, when I made all the lights. My only short trip was over 45 mpg, for a 300 mile trip. I love the ergonomic features of this car for its price.
Great gas mileage, power to pass at 65 mph+, stable driving, heated seats, great sound system. This is a first car where I have not had a problem or warranty recall in the first year.
Easier access to change oil for the do it yourself person.
I've had the TDI Jetta for 4 months and put over 8,000 miles. I've saved over $370 in fuel costs in the first 3 months. I've been getting an average of 42-44 mpg and drive at 70-80 mph on highway. This car is a great alternative to a hybrid and is fun to drive. I've also tested the Prius and Insight before making my decision. If you do a lot of driving I recommend that you take a look at this car.
Stereo system, huge trunk
I love my new Jetta! It handles well and it's a pleasure to drive so far! The only BIG PROBLEM is the stock headlights! Both high and low beams are so weak that its dangerous to drive on dark roads with turns that come up on you! Volkswagen needs to provide all Jettas with higher powered Halogen or HID headlights before people start getting killed! Nobody wants another Toyota situation! Right?
Handles like a dream during the daylight hours!
Upgrade all Jettas with higher power Halogen or HID headlights that already come on only some models! This needs to be done FAST before people are killed from lack of proper vision due to crappy stock headlight bulbs!
I traded in a big SUV (which averaged 15 mpg in the city) for this car, looking forward to receiving the tax credit ($1,300) and substantial savings at the gas pump. On the first long highway trip, the car averaged 45 mpg. Fantastic - and it drives no different than a car powered by a gasoline engine. Although very new, the car feels solid and responsive. The manual transmission is great. Not having braking issues as others have mentioned. The car is plenty big for my family (me, wife, child, dog). The radio and speakers are high quality. Definitely plenty of car for the money.
Gas mileage, manual transmission, handling, and interior layout.
It's a car that just doesn't fit into the usual molds. It's a roomy car with great gas mileage, that's sporty and fun to drive. After a month, it's still a pleasure to drive. Looking forward to when the engine fully breaks in and, as others have reported, better gas mileage.
Sporty, low to ground ride. Quick and responsive steering. Good for it's size acceleration. Panorama roof. Good sound system with iPod and SDHC memory card support. Great gas mileage! Supportive seats.
At this price point, I would expect power seats and automatic climate control. I don't see a reason why it should not match the TDI sedan in Bluetooth functionality. More storage for sunglasses, phone, pens, pads, garage key cards.
I'm a 40 yr old professional working mom with two young kids and a long commute. I'd never owned a VW or diesel before buying the TDI Sportwagen (Blue Graphite and beige interior) about 2 weeks/800 miles ago. This car is an excellent value and does so many things well. Performance, comfort, functionality, overall good looks without being too flashy, and MPG are all terrific. So far I'm averaging 42 MPG and that's in some stop-and-go traffic. Getting 600 miles per 14.5 gallon tank is both a money- saver and convenient. And it's a blast to drive. I expect to be driving this car a long time and told my 6 yr old that if he treats the car right, he'll be driving it when he turns 16!
MPG, quiet & clean diesel engine, performance, nice cargo space, included roof rack, good looks, safety.
1) VW needs to communicate what bluetooth system comes with the car. Don't believe it when the dealer says that you have address book download and voice activation until you see it with your own eyes as all cars seem to vary. 2) Weird two-tone dash and cargo area when you order beige interior.
This is my third VW TDI. First one was traded at 7 years 210,000+ miles, second one at 7 years 200,000 miles. No major breaks or downtime. I am not too diligent on maintenance so these have held up well with basic oil changes at 15,000+ miles. Bought 2010 TDI wagon in July 2009. Great ride as usual. My wife wont give my car back.She left me with Windstar van which we will probably replace with TDI Touareg.Are we lucky not have maintenance problems? probably but very satisfied with VW reliability and mileage over 15 years.Great car to drive on long business trips. We now supply TDI wagons to our salesmen.We make up higher initial cost with better fuel mileage.I get 38 MPG mixed and over 40 hwy
Heated seats. Sun roof. Roomy rear storage.Nice and comfortable interior
Full electric front seat adjustment
I have a little over 4K miles. Excellent mpg, mid 30s around town, mid 40s highway. Plenty of pep for merging/passing. Manual trans is smooth. Seats are very supportive and long drives are not tiring. Interior is well designed. Radio sound quality is good and voice activated bluetooth calling works well. The iPod interface is slow to dial through playlist. Great trunk space. I have 17 inch wheels and the handling is very precise and solid. Is very quiet on the highway, but I like the sound when accelerating.
Mileage, handling, sunroof, engine performance, heated seats/comfort.
Better iPod interface.
Any ideas what it may take for the dealer to eliminate the wind tunnel noise that folks hear when I call from my car? I'm guessing (ran my own tests!) -- the mike is too close to the air vents in the car. I'm concerned that they will want to take out the dashboard -- don't really want them to do this to a one month old car! Also the bluetooth won't pair with a 6-month old Verizon phone -- it's supposed to pair with up to 3 different phones!
Beware, as the TDI Diesel engine is Heavy, causing this car to Brake horribly. I have had 3 slow driving near misses due to braking being massively delayed. Folks these brakes are the worst I have ever driven. 23 MPG combined, you can call this good, but forget about all these 40 and 50MPG FALSE CLAIMS.
Seat comfort, good looks, handling, steering.
Seat Pleather is horrible. Air Conditioning Loud and very poor. Warm climate forget about it, you will sweat through your work clothes due to extremely hot vinyl. Brakes are DANGEROUS. 23MPG Combined is a long way from the False claims of 50MPG.
The diesel is fantastic. Average mileage 41 in 3600 miles of driving. Everything about the car is fantastic. My last car was a late model BMW. I will never go back. VW design is fantastic and build quality and reliability are very good. Tons of features for the money. My favorite car.
Diesel. New touch screen radio.
Ok, not a long range review, I only have 1200 miles on it, but so far love it. I have been averaging 42 mpg on my 27 mile one way commute, mostly country highway miles. Heated seats are great on the cold mornings, I don't mind the long time for heat to come out the vents, but after 3-4 miles the interior begins to heat up nicely. Inside layout is very good, but it is a smaller car so not that much room to store things. I like the panoramic roof and the radio system. The computer display is functional and I love to play the game of mpg. I've wanted a TDI for 10 years and finally talked the wife into it. From a green standpoint of "oil well to wheels" a diesel is more efficient than a hybrid.
Zippy, mpg, quality, features, comfortable, panoramic roof
Storage for glasses and things, but is a smaller car, so it is OK.
My typical around town mileage is about 35, on a trip to Maine it was 42 so it easily lives up to its mileage claims. Comfortable, accelerates well into traffic on entrance ramps and from stop signs, that's all I want I have a Jag XK8 for the stop light derby. The sound system is great, the glass roof makes the interior very nice and bright. The DSG transmission shifts remarkably smoothly, I can hear the engine change RPM but there is no noticeable "bump or pause" at shift points.
Glass roof, smooth DSG transmission, high mileage, reliability
I'd have preferred at high quality cloth interior as is available on the European version of the car. I added an autodimming mirror with homelink which is not available with the diesel, its quite convenient. I also added color keyed side parking lot bump strips which are not available from VW.
I have wanted a diesel for years. Finally ordered a no options car from local dealer. Order time was about 3 months. Had to break in on a long trip of 1600 miles but seems to have turned out OK. So far no problems. Only annoyance is squeaky brakes in the morning when I first start it up. Mileage has been exactly as advertised, at least according to the onboard mileage indicator. I like the manual transmission but it does give a little chatter into second gear until it gets warmed up, after that it shifts very smoothly. Side mirrors are smaller than I am used to but vision is otherwise pretty good. Fueling is somewhat messier than gas. Engine is very torquey!
Diesel engine, fuel mileage, six speed manual transmission, generous cargo space, roof rack, heated mirrors, heated seats,seats,solid feel, 10,000 miles service interval, free service for first 36,000 miles.
Brakes, larger side mirrors.
I have had the TDI for 3 weeks now. I looked at the A3 TDI, but it was $8,000 more and wasn't as well equipped. The Jetta has the same engine and transmission, so I didn't need the four rings. The Jetta is also much more spacious and has a bigger trunk. I love this car. It is fun to drive, well built and gets great mileage. I'm averaging 39mpg on mostly city driving. i bought this car as a third car. My BMW 530xi hasn't left the garage since.
The sound of the diesel engine. Reminds of all of the cars in Europe. Great touch screen stereo. Nice torque from the engine. The mileage... of course!
The only thing I would like to have is full power seats with memory.
This car makes me look forward to my hour long commute twice a day! Great sound system. I love the firm feel of the steering and the way it hugs the road. I'm averaging 38 mpg with 2,000 miles in 60/40 hwy/city driving. Last night I hit 40 mpg for the first time. My husband was against the idea of a VW and wanted me to get a larger vehicle to accommodate his 6'3" frame. During the test drive, he couldn't believe how roomy it was, and he loved the fast acceleration. Looking forward to loading up the storage area with at least 6 flats of plants for spring planting. I traded in my beloved Honda Accord EX (loaded) for this car, and there have been no regrets!
Upscale interior, touch-screen satellite radio, all things radio/music-related, blue-tooth for ipod (mine works great), heated seats work extra fast, cup holder size & placement, roomy door storage, front & back leg room, seat comfort, large hatchback storage area, 'switchblade' key.
Only necessity: Improve warm-up time for interior heat. The heated seats help counter this. Not necessities, but would be nice: full-power front seats, fuel tank on driver's side of vehicle, and a slightly "zippier" exterior design.
Only had vehicle for 3 mon. but very happy. Performance is better than expected - quick and responsive. Tight & nimble handling. 40mpg(combined) - 48mpg(mostly highway). Very comfortable interior but back seat too small even for 3 small kids. Premium 8 radio with sat but no nav. Bluetooth package NOT AS ADVERTISED. Learned I have lower grade Bluetooth - it only receives calls - no phone book and can't place outgoing calls. The literature is very deceiving. Bluetooth a waste of money if you can't call out. You can place a call on your cell phone, but expect a ticket sooner or later. Even more difficult with manual tran. Too early for build quality and reliability but so far so good.
Performance - quick and good braking. Gas mileage is great. A lot of features for the money. Very nimble handling. Great looks. Sound system great - iPod connect very cool.
Can't read some of the heat/AC controls, particularly at night. Full function Bluetooth - safer & more realistic - not the worthless lower grade version. Maybe VW could prepare a software update to fix this. Back-up obstruction indicator would help. Dash gear indicator for manual tran might help.
The wife wanted to try something different this time, taking a detour from the domestic norm, and the Jetta sure didn't disappoint! Blue metallic graphite, 6-speed manual tranny, Sport and Protection package, 17" Goal wheels, and the Ipod media interface. Better gas mileage than previous car, $1300 tax credit... even the insurance was less! What's not to like? When my Honda finally "gives up the ghost", I would love to have one of these, myself!
Sunroof! And of course, that new car smell!
Exterior needs trim protection, I think, but seeing as how it's not going to be parked near anyone for at least a year, moot point.
I've had this car a month and its been in VW service for half of that time with three different episodes of having the check engine light on (oxygen sensor replaced, EGR gasket replaced, software update). I suspect they disconnected the check engine light after the last time... I've also had the windshield cracked by a rock... When I can drive the car its been very good. The fuel economy is astounding - 40 mpg in mixed driving 47-50 on the highway. Interior is very nice with high quality materials and finish for this class of car. Touch screen stereo is nice. Large trunk. The car overall seems very solid and the handling is first rate. Bluetooth has been funky - after one call it shuts off.
Fuel mileage!! Comfortable seats and high quality interior. Shifter is pretty good. I was afraid of the DSG's reliability over time and prefer a manual anyway. Stereo is pretty good, touch screen is nice. Lots of features for the price of the car.
How about paying closer attention to quality control VW?? One more time in the shop and its lemon law time.
Traded in a mini van for this car. I am a true car nut (also drive a 2007 BMW m5) and I really enjoy driving this car. It has an amazing combination of low end power and fuel economy with great features. Fuel consumption is good but not great. I do about 40% city and 60% hwy and have yet to break 34 mpg. I am hoping down the road it improves.
panoramic sunroof, german feel, DSG Transmission, low end power.
Real leather would be nice. Bluetooth needs to be improved. Cabin needs to be quieter.
I spent 2 years looking for a good commuter car. I bought the tdi sportwagen last month and it has exceeded expectations. I've been getting 39-45 mpg. My 6'4" husband fits nicely and there's still enough leg room in the back for two boys or not so tall adults. The storage in the back is great. Big enough for an 80 lb dog. Love the way the seats fold flat for transporting larger items.
Great gas mileage. Love the steering wheel controls. The sunroof is fun and the ipod connection works very well. The handling is also very smooth.
The sun visors are lame. Why doesn't the passenger's visor pull out? The driver's visor could also be a little sturdier and pull out further. The back seats are very upright. May not be comfortable for the boys during a long drive.
Had the car for two weeks and put just over 1,500 miles on it. Snow in NE kept it in the garage a few days. Had one small glitch with sensor in the exhaust system, which was fixed right and on time. Since then she's been perfect. Ride is firm but supple. Seats are super supportive, great on long drives. Steering is fantastic. Engine and trans are THE BEST. Very torquey diesel and DSG really suits it well, a great combo. The negatives: heat in a diesel is a long wait; heated seats make up for that. Control knobs for heater are smooth/slippery to the touch. The pillar between front/rear window is huge. Takes some moving about to see around them. All in all a great long range cruiser!
Mileage on first extended use averaged 42 mpg. Quiet at highway speeds. Great ride/handling. Great radio. Super comfortable heated seats. If you spend any time in a car, you want to spend it here.
Better feel for the controls for the heater. Narrow the "B" pillar. Reduce head rests if possible-very large, hard to see around. More interesting colors, does everyone really like so much silver/grey? In white the car really stands out. More reds, blues, greens.
Absolutely great, TDI is geared a little lower at slow speeds so takes a little getting used to but handling, comfort, and acceleration are more than expected. I am currently beating the EPA mileage which is a little surprising to me driving in the heavy traffic of Northern Va.
Comfort, seats, steering
wish horn beeped when using key fob remote lock/unlock, don't like that day running lights come on automatically at night (but not rear lights, etc) so you may not notice that night-time lights are not on right away.
I love the car but the check engine light has been on 4 times they had the car for 3 weeks on one of the trips back to the dealer and put over 1000 miles on test drives????? So far it has been ok we will see.
body style,audio system, ride and fuel mileage.
check engine light on 4 times to many problems
In theory, I absolutely LOVE this car - - it's sleek & maneuverable, with refined interior, great features package, excellent power and mileage (45+), BUT...the "Check Engine" light has come on for the THIRD time, and it only has 620 miles on it. VW has tried fixing it twice, but they now acknowledge there is no known fix at this time. Unless they iron it out this time, I'm invoking Lemon Law and taking my money back.
Interior & exterior design just ooze smart & sexy. Incredible gas mileage & zippy acceleration using affordable clean diesel. 10 speaker stereo system with SD card slot is best car audio I have ever heard.
RESOLVE THE EMISSIONS CONTROL PROBLEM BEFORE BUILDING AND SELLING THE CAR. Needs some sort of coin storage on driver's side. Inconvenient access to tiny center storage.
This TDI is great. The road dynamics are excellent and the build quality is truly remarkable for the price. It has not needed fuel yet and has over 500 miles on the odometer. The manual transmission is one of the best I have ever had, since I have never owned an automatic I am a very experienced with how a manual transaxel is supposed to feel. I test drove the DSG and althouth it seemed fine I was afraid it would be the only thing to eventually break since I keep a car for about 12 yrs on average. If you get a Jetta make sure you get the TDI It comes with most of the options. Love it
The standard radio is awesome and the Manual transaxel is 1st rate
deliver the car with led tail lamps instead of old fashion fillament bulbs. the rest of the world gets them standard
I have been following the TDI for a year and finally purchased one recently. Impressed with the zip-ability of the TDI and the DSG is the transmission from heaven (really, it is that good). The big surprise was to find my common Verizon cell phone will not connect to the VW bluetooth system. It works great in my Ford's Sync system but it is not on the short list of acceptable Verizon phones that work within VW. No where in the VW literature (that I can find) nor on the auto's window sticker state the Bluetooth's connectivity is so limited. Big disappointment, now I need to purchase dumber phones to work in both autos.
Engine and transmission.
Sorry to seem so petty but hands free connectivity should not be a big deal, Bluetooth is Bluetooth, make it work. Besides, it is the law in California. iPhones can work only as a phone but can't stream music and many phones can't work at all. VW is really behind on this technology front.
Yes. it's a 2010 Jetta TDI SportWagen. Assembled in Mexico. And one of the hottest cars in North America. This is a diesel? For a wagon it's got pickup ... and even style. The Jetta TDI SportWagen has lot of little things you'd expect in cars that cost a heck of a lot more ... and are standard. A very comfortable, low-to-the-ground torquey drive. It hugs the corners on high-speed parkways .. and proves to be a nimble creature driving around the big city. It even did well in the recent last weekend of autumn 2009 snow here in the Northeast. The fit and finish is solid. Very quiet for a small car. Great audio system. A superb, well-engineered replacement for my hybrid Ford Escape.
Panoramic sunroof. DSG transmission. Heated seats, mirrors and windshield spray. Plus great mileage from a diesel.
Better Bluetooth. AWD.
I have been buying US branded cars since the first one. I've had no discrimination against brands, Ford, Gm, Chrysler. All are good but none are making me as happy as this new Jetta TDI. It has great speed and pick-up with shifts that are unbelievably quick. I've never had any transmission shift so fast and smooth. I was surprised when hitting 70mph there was another gear. The interior is solid and very up scale. Vinyl or not the seats feel like their from a luxury car. I haven't had anyone even guess it's a diesel. The interior is quieter than a Cadillac I once had. The body is smaller than the Dodge Charger we traded in on it but there was no trade off in interior or trunk space. Buy It!!
Smooth Turbo Diesel and DSG Transmission. Cool big screen radio and abundant computer information in the gauge cluster. Huge trunk. Great fuel mileage.
A car at this price should have fully automatic lights. The headlights are on all the time but the running lights should automatically come on and off. With such a nice screen on the radio you should be able to add a rear camera without going to gps. For that matter it be able to play DVD's.
After 3000 miles on my tdi sedan (diesel) I'm delighted w/this small car. Others have said the positive car qualities well, but also like others, I'm unhappy with poor reliability. My car next week goes back to the dealership to fix leaking exhaust, twice, and now must replace 2 oxygen sensors. Both problems say my car won't pass my state's rules. VW dealerships (2) have tried hard to help. I'm very frustrated, of course.
performance, 42 mpg, excellent 6 speed trans, interior, easy parking, steering wheel controls
vw corp. tech dept. is ruining the reptation of this great little car.
Over 600 miles in the first two weeks of ownership. Great car. Easy to enter and exit.Handles well,comfortable, great visibility,performance and economy.Got 42.5 mpg on the first tank. 600 plus miles per tank easy to obtain.Great trunk space.We got the black with cornsilk interior, sunroof,dsg tran,17 inch wheels,southern package,ipod adapter. I have owned at leats 40 cars and this is a good one. It rivals the several mercedes I have owned in the past.I also have a 2008 Accord v6 and a 05 Tahoe. Great combination of vehicles. If you are considering a Honda or a VW..go with the TDI. It makes the vehicle.
The engine is the heart and soul of the car. Next the transmission.....wonderful.I love to drive and this is a great car. Very rewarding to use daily and the mileage is superb.
Full power seats for both driver and pax.Better bluetooth system. Offer the GTD engine in the USA.
After a lot of research into mid- priced cars with good fuel economy, I replaced my 3rd leased BWM (a 3, 5, and 3 coupe) with the 2010 TDI Wagon...$ for $ this is the one of the best cars that I've owned. Very comfortable on my 4+ hr weekly commute, quiet, and very good, "German" handling. It's not a BMW, but at half the sticker price of a 335 diesel it's a great car. With just over 2000 miles I averaged 50.2 mpgs on my past Monday's commute which is 90:10 hwy:city. Overall, I'm averaging 46 mpg doing about 85:15, hwy:city. There is plenty of room for passengers, cargo and dog crates. This car really does everything well!
Comfort, seats, handling and especially the fuel economy. Great breaks. Standard TDI touch screen stereo is very user friendly and has good sound.
I sometimes miss the acceleration after a decade of driving BMWs. Fuel economy falls off precipitously over 65 mph. Offer AWD.
I bought this car in October. Its my first diesel. The ride is smooth, handing excellent and the interior is very upscale. Between the Ipod Interface, Touchscreen Satelite Radio, 6 CD changer, SD card slot and am/fm radio there is plenty to keep you occupied on long trips. The car is "green" almost no diesel clatter and the DSG shifts like a true manual in Sport Mode. Mileage has been as high as 48.3 on the highway and about 30 mpg in down and dirty local driving. The cargo capacity at 67 cu. ft. is almost as much as the Suby Outback Wagon which is almost a foot longer. The gas mileage is significantly better as I am convinced I can get 50mpg when the engine is broken in.
Ipod interface, panoramic roof, cargo capacity, federal tax credit of $1300 and cost of ownership $4500 savings over 5 years vs. the 2.5 liter gasser.
Automatic Temperature Controls, Fog Lights, Full Power Seats and Please a better Blue tooth for the JSW. The TDI Sedan has the higher grade bluetooth
Bought the TDI wagon with manual transmission with sunroof and sat nav system. Good styling, handles nice, runs good and only sips fuel. The check engine light came on before I made it home from the dealer so I drove a loaner for a week. Two weeks later the light came on again. Another loaner. More time in the shop. Nice little car but I really have issues with the reliability. In all honesty I can't recommend the car but I have lot's of good to say about the dealership.
Sunroof - minimal noise when open. Good fuel mileage, nice radio reception and sound. Handles fine and rides good, interior quiet. Diesel is smooth and quiet.
No where to leave some sunglasses. Smart mirror with built in garage door opener would be nice.
Bought the TDI Sportswagen manual trans because it was a good looking little car with nice styling and good fuel mileage. Car can't stay out of the shop! In the first 25 days of owning it has been back twice for multi-day stays in the dealership service dept. Dealer is trying hard but the car has mechanical problems. VW just isn't building reliable cars. Spent good money and didn't get good quality.
Controls layed out nicely, fuel mileage great. Mirrors decent, headlights good. I cannot recommend this car to a friend.
Reliability poor. Questionable value due to mechanical malfunctions. Cup holder in center console too small and too close to parking brake. Work on reliability issues.
I was surprised by how good the DSG transmission is! I normally prefer a manual gearbox on small cars - but the DSG is superb. The interior is very clean and well designed, I like the access panel in the rear seat for carrying long objects. The extra torque from the diesel is also a lot of fun. I'm trying to see just how economical I can be on my commute (80% freeway) my best so far is 42 mpg.
A 110v supply in the center arm rest for rear seat passengers. No more car adapters for Nintendo/GameBoy/iPod etc. etc. SIMPLY BRILLIANT
Heated wing mirrors. Fold Out fabric flap to protect rear bumper when Labradors are going in and out!