Turned Off - 2011 VW Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 VW Jetta TDI: Turned Off

April 25, 2011

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I had our new Jetta for a long weekend and found a lot to like about it. It handles great (and I needed that on Thursday, when I had to do some unplanned backing and u-turning to cope with roadblocks and traffic upheavals associated with President Obama's visit to Edmunds' neighborhood). iPhone pairing and music navigation were a snap. Fuel economy, as befits a diesel, was impressive: Despite commutes and fair amount of around-town driving, I came back to work with more than 300 miles of range remaining.

The only slightly weird moment came on Sunday, when I programmed the navigation system to take me home. It directed me to make a left turn into my neighborhood, and there was just one little problem with that. It was pointing me to a street that has been blocked off and fenced for more than two years. (There were big problems at this uncontrolled intersection, including t-boned cars and one pedestrian fatality).

I've read about nav systems that have directed people to cross bridges that didn't exist, but this was the first time I've been told to make a turn that wasn't possible (as opposed to a set of directions I just didn't agree with). How about you? Has your nav system ever steered you seriously wrong?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @2,163 miles


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