2010 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Initial Impressions at 1,500 M

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel - Consumer Review

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Initial Impressions at 1,500 Miles
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


I bought our VW JSW TDI only two weeks ago. We live in AL but our local dealers were sticking to MSRP/Sticker. We saved $3,000 (including expenses) by flying to Houston and *driving* our new baby 750 miles back home. We were paying cash, so the savings was "real" to us, instead of just a few bucks per month. It also gave me some time to form some initial impressions. First, this thing HAULS! It *feels* much faster than it's reported 0- 60 times. It holds a 72 MPH "Cruise Control" (at 2300 RPM) up the steepest grades without dropping out of its tallest gear. Amazingly, the seats don't *look* that comfortable, but after 750 miles I realized that I had no butt, leg, or back fatigue. Out of space!!!

Best Features

A sharp-looking car, inside and out. German build quality (though assembled in Mexico). Powerful, smooth, excellent road dynamics, good audio system, BT phone integration, 17" wheel option is a must, DSG is quirky but competent, insane MPG that rewards attentive driving but doesn't punish leadfoots.

Worst Features

Doesn't sound like a truck, but it's unmistakably a diesel. Would like more isolation from road noise. DSG does *not* act like an automatic trans (in part because it isn't). Front headrests do not "tilt" (a Germanic "feature"). Audio interface is slow. Brakes are NOT linear in their progression.
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