2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Fourth Time is a Charm

January 06, 2012

StarterButton-1600.jpg This was my first time our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and I was pleasantly surprised to find it has an intelligent-key entry and ignition. Follow the jump to see what wasn't a pleasant surprise.

There are so many vehicles with push-button starters now that I thought they all worked the same: A brief press and vaaa-rooom! Right?

Not so much with the Jetta: First press unlocks the steering (you'll hear it). Second press turns the engine over, but it doesn't actually start up. Third press, ditto the Second. Finally, the fourth press (held until ignition) actually starts the car. I know, I know. If I were the true owner of this car, I would know that I need to depress the button until ignition, but I thought the regulations for emissions testing stipulate that the test begins once the button is pressed (or key is turned) and the automated starter system took over.

How many new vehicles actually still require a persistent, positive, driver input to start it up? I thought that went away with the automated start-up years ago. I see I was wrong.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 15,834 miles

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

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