2011 Volkswagen Jetta: Sure, I'll Drive It
November 22, 2011
For the record, I don't mind driving our Jetta. Actually, I kind of like it. It's taken a lot of lumps during its stay in the long-term fleet, most of them deserved. But I guess those issues just don't bother me much. De-contented feature list? It's still got the truly important stuff. Odd feel for brakes, throttle calibration and/or DSG shifting? I got used to them. Seat material? It's fine.
Meanwhile, I'm still driving a right-sized sedan (not too big, not too small) that's super easy to drive around town. The suspension is soft, smoothing over broken pavement, and the TDI engine gives the car some personality and is great for low-speed driving, fuel economy and range. Oh, and it's got a big trunk.
For a car that you don't think have to think much about, the Jetta is great. This might sound like damning praise -- I could be describing a Corolla -- but sometimes that's all I want.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,288 miles