2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Interior Volume
June 03, 2011
I would have bet you a dime that the interior of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is significantly more spacious than that of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
And of course I am wrong once again.
When you use the manufacturer's own measurements of interior volume, the Jetta TDI has 94.1 cubic feet of interior passenger volume and 15.5 cubic feet of trunk volume. The manufacturer specifications say the Cruze has 95 cubic feet of interior passenger volume and 15 feet of trunk volume.
It must all be in the proportions, because the Jetta appears far more spacious to me, maybe because the cowl seems low and the expanse across the windshield from pillar to pillar seems significantly larger.
Let's see if we can learn anything further from the specifications.
In front, the Jetta has 38.2 inches of head room, 55.2 inches of shoulder room and 41.2 inches of leg room. In the rear, the Jetta has 37.1 inches of head room, 53.6 inches of shoulder room and 38.1 inches of leg room.
In comparison, the front seats of the Cruze have 39.3 inches of front headroom, 54.7 inches of shoulder room and 42.3 inches of leg room. In the rear, the Cruze has 37.9 inches of head room, 53.9 inches of shoulder room and 35.4 inches of leg room.
Basically they are totally the same.
All this just reminds me that talking about the view out of the windshield and the interior architecture might seem silly and superficial, but these factors have a lot to do with your sense of space and comfort as a driver or passenger. You can look at specifications and pictures all day, but it's only the driving that really tells you what you need to know.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com