2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Something's Missing
April 17, 2012
Here's one of our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI's rear doors. Something obvious is missing here, but I never would have noticed it if I hadn't had my family in the backseat.
Over the weekend, my fiance and I went out for lunch with his parents in the Jetta. And the rear doors didn't automatically unlock when I put the transmission in Park and shut off the car. I was barely aware that the Jetta did this (leave the rear doors locked, that is) until I heard the discussion in the backseat -- they were feeling around on the doors looking for locks to pull on or push and not finding anything.
Eventually, they found this central unlock button... it's on the back of the front console and not exactly in a location where rear passengers would normally look for a means of opening the rear doors.
Update: Turns out this is a moot point. The passengers have changed their stories... they were able to pull on the door releases and open the doors. Nothing to see here, folks. Sorry.
I'd call this cost-cutting, because surely, one plastic button costs less than two locks.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 22,406 miles