Missing Something - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Missing Something

September 08, 2011


This isn't the dash of our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. If it were, I wouldn't have a post for today. This is the dash of Ron Montoya's 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI.

Now, apart from lacking the "highline combi-instrument display" that allows you to reconfigure the annoying door locks (it's also got a bigger screen, different colors and controls for footwell lighting!), our Jetta is missing some other things present here....Spot 'em?

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See 'em now?

The Golf gets the benefit of a coolant temp gauge and an analog fuel gauge. The fuel one isn't that important as the digital one works just fine, but let me tell you that I really would have felt more at-east climbing the hills through Death Valley when it was 127-degrees if I'd had a temp gauge. It's not something you need every day, but when you need it, you need it.

This, combined with the door lock thing (and the hatch) would probably be enough to push me into a Golf were I considering a Jetta TDI. At that point we're looking at more than $1,000 price difference.

Worth it for just these features? Probably not. Worth it on the whole? I think so, and so does Ron.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor

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