Steers and Handles Despite Image - 2011 VW Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 VW Jetta TDI: Steers and Handles Despite Image

April 19, 2011

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I rolled in our new long-term 2011 VW Jetta TDI for the first time last night and came away impressed: this thing steers and handles well. There's good feel buildup when steering and no dead spots. And it feels planted when cornering, with not a lot of body roll.

Unfortunately, the test track numbers don't validate this. Our Jetta only turned 0.78g on the skidpad and ran a slalom speed of 62.0 mph. I'll bet the skinny 205/55 R16 tires didn't help.

While those numbers don't lie, the handling feels good subjectively. And considering its Young Professional Women image, to me, that was a surprise.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 1,972 miles

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