Initial Impressions at 1,500 Miles
By Biffster on
Vehicle2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
ReviewI 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 FeaturesA 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 FeaturesDoesn'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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