2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: A Word About the Seats

June 22, 2011


There was considerable discussion about seats around here lately, so here's my two cents on the Jetta's accommodations. As good as they look, they're not that great to sit in. The driver's seat feels supportive initially, but after longer periods of time behind the wheel I find myself shifting around quite a bit to stay comfortable.

Part of the reason are the odd adjustment controls. The fore/aft pull is simple enough, but the racheting seat height adjuster never gets me to the right spot. Then there's the oddly placed seatback angle lever that requires you to contort your arm at an odd angle just to work it.

Granted, it's better than a dreaded dial adjuster, but would it kill them just to use a flat lever like the one right in front of it? I played with them all constantly and still came away wishing for better seats. Never remember feeling that way about the GTI.

Ed Hellwig, Editor @ 5,931 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta in VA is:

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