2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test


2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: What Happened to the Cool VW Gauges?

May 10, 2011

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One of the biggest disappointments about the redesigned 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is staring me in the face each time I get into our TDI sedan.

Yes, this is all you get. The analog temperature and fuel gauges are gone. The blue and red illumination I liked so much in the 1999.5-2005 and 2005.5-2010 Jettas is gone, replaced with this spare white-with-red lighting.

And the trip computer has very limited functionality, and its small display takes up only half of the big plastic indentation allotted to it. This (below) is the only alternate screen, evidently featuring a distance-to-empty display and a mileage-to-next-service readout, and it only stays up for 5 seconds before cycling back to the previous default screen. (Of course, you can also toggle between seeing the odometer reading and the trip counter.)

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I was so saddened over this I had to take a trip down memory lane. Below are the gauges from a 2006 Jetta GLI we compared with an Acura TSX (Mk I). And below that a glimpse of the still good gauges from our long-term 2009 Jetta TDI. James and I see eye to eye on Jetta gauges, and he actually did a comparison between our '05 Jetta TDI's gauges and the ones in his previous 2000 Jetta VR6.

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Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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