2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test


2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: These Brakes are Killing Me

October 18, 2011

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Not literally, of course, as they do stop our Jetta in a reasonable distance. It's their feel that drives me nuts.

I'm not sure what it is, but it feels like there's some kind of weird interference whenever you try to modulate the pedal with any degree of precision. Jam on them hard and they clamp quickly. Barely brush them and they'll scrub off a little speed. Anything in between and it's a mixed bag of jerkiness. Mmmm...jerky.

Anyway, it a constant annoyance that mars what is otherwise a pretty good driving experience. I don't find the throttle lag nearly as troublesome as a few others around here and the lack of sportiness doesn't bother me either. It's a diesel Jetta, not a GTI. Wouldn't mind if the brakes felt more natural, though, good car otherwise.

Ed Hellwig, Editor

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