2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test


2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: More Shiny Stuff

July 06, 2011

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In our ongoing gripe-fest regarding overly glare-y interior bits, the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI gets dinged. Its metal breastplate around the shifter shines like the dickens (whatever those are) when the sun's out. Fortunately that only happens every day. Unless you live at one of the poles, in which case you have more pressing things to complain about, like being pursued by polar bears or chafing from your moose-hide undergarments.

Where were we? True, the offensiveness of the Jetta's breastplate is tempered by its sorta-matte-like finish and a generally uniform profile. Regardless, you'll want to drape a t-shirt around the Jetta's shifter when driving in a sunny area. Grumble grumble.

[Note that the photo above doesn't capture the reflection in anything like a real-world way. It's far more blinding/annoying in person.]

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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