I have read a few reviews that knock VW for "Down Grading" the Jetta to make it more affordable, but I think VW is getting back to its roots. There is nothing down graded about the new Jetta. If anything the previous models were too up scaled for their demographic. I have owned a 1997 Jetta GLX which I had once read as being referred to as a poor mans BMW 3 Series. But the 2011 does not disappoint. When compared to other cars in its price point, the new Jetta takes all. I test drove a Kia that cost the same as my Jetta, and it truly felt like it was going to fall apart over every bump. With the Jetta that is not an issue. It really is great, for the price of good. This is VWs finest hour.
Stereo system sounds great and has plenty of features for being a base model.
Trunk room and rear leg room are impeccable. There is as much, if not more room than the 05 Ford Taurus I traded in.
Super responsive and agile handling.
Very low road noise even at freeway speeds.
Plenty of power in the higher rev range for such a small engine. I can pass on the freeway without having to grab a gear.
Love the fact that the first 3 years of maintenance are free.
For a base model it has power EVERYTHING, and keyless entry, even heated outside mirrors.
Height adjustable seats are standard.
Great gas mileage.
Could use a little more low end power. Can't really feel the acceleration until after 2000rpm.
I miss having cruise control. Seems like with all the other standard equipment, this could have been thrown in too. I would have gladly substituted heated mirrors for cruise control since I live in the desert.
There is absolutely no "feel" in the clutch pedal. Every time I press it in I feel like I am going to put my left foot through the firewall. This isn't so bad when I feel like a little spirited light to light sprinting, but under most conditions I'd prefer a little more resistance in the third pedal.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.