I Am the Lizard King - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: I Am the Lizard King

April 29, 2011

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I know it's not a new motif. But having not been in a Jetta for a long time, something about our TDI's hard, reptilian dash stood out. And not in a bad way. We've panned the Jetta interior as cheap and disappointing, but I didn't feel that. Maybe the color masks it, or it works with the minimalist planes and longitudes framing the vents, buttons and knobs (what would Kant drive?).

Maybe I'm used to it from our GTI. Or maybe I just don't expect much from the Jetta (even for its time, my MkII didn't stand out as particularly refined). But put in context of what you can get for the same or fewer dollars, the criticism stands. Honda has started down this road. Or maybe Ford, Chevy, Mazda and Hyundai just have a better supplier for the softer, spongy stuff.

Not a personal deal breaker, but your mileage may vary.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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