Unnecessary Roughness - 2011 VW Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 VW Jetta TDI: Unnecessary Roughness

August 11, 2011


A while back, I briefly noted that our diesel Jetta doesn't roll to a stop smoothly. At the time, it didn't bother me all that much, perhaps because I wasn't stuck in traffic like I was last night.

My girlfriend and I made the trek from West Hollywood to Hermosa Beach around 6pm. The constant stop and go made me begin to despise this Jetta. I consider myself to be a fairly smooth driver, but executing a "limo stop" in this car is an exercise in futility.

Take a look at the Dynolicious graph above. Dropping below the zero G line indicates I'm decelerating and applying the brakes. I was trying oh so hard to do it smoothly, but the Jetta simply wouldn't allow it.

Now look at the graph below. It's a nice linear decoration that most cars are capable of. The difference? I dropped it into neutral.


There was a bright spot to all of this, though. The hesitation that drove me bonkers when the Jetta was new seems to have dissipated significantly. It no longer feels like the drivetrain is constantly second guessing me, instead, it just feels groggy.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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