November 30, 2011
One of the few things I didn't like about our departed 2010 GTI was the lack of interior storage. There just weren't many places to put your stuff. That's not an issue with our Jetta, though, as it fares pretty well.
Front seating area: Up here, the Jetta offers a lined front cubby, wide door bins with bottle holders, two cupholders, a medium-sized lined center console bin, a sunglasses holder and a glove box. The glove box isn't very big, though it's two-tiered and has extra coin and pen storage capability.
November 28, 2011
My family was hosting for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, and the Jetta ended up doing a lot of shuttling of relatives coming to visit. This included two round trips to the airport and and daily pick up and drop off at a local hotel.
I suppose it would have been fun to use the M56 or A8 as they would have more easily impressed in terms of gadgets. But the Jetta certainly got the job done, providing respectable legroom for backseat passengers and lots of trunk space for luggage. Plus, it managed fuel economy in the high 30s throughout the ordeal.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,461 miles
November 21, 2011
Look at that. That's the Jetta's glove box. See how there's a separate little ledge there up top? This allows you to store the car's owner's manual while leaving plenty of space for anything else you might want to shove in the glove compartment.
That's a smart use of space. I like thoughtful little touches like that.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor
November 03, 2011
Our long-term 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI has been getting creamed over here for its driveability.
But we can't knock its utility.
For a Compact sedan, it has a big trunk. Check out the pic above: those are 2 international-travel size, big suitcases. They fit, no problem. On the jump you'll see 4 carry-stand golf bags that fit in there. I easily could fit in a fifth. Impressive.
If you check the Edmunds comparator (a great tool, btw), you can see that the cargo capacity of the Jetta TDI is 15.5 cu ft, while the Civic, Corolla, Mazda 3, and Cruze are at 12.0, 12.3, 11.8, and 15.4, respectively. Hmmm... the Cruze has good luggage space too.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 13,460 miles
October 03, 2011
I needed to get two bikes into the Jetta yesterday, as one was headed to the bike shop and then I'd continue on with the other to do a ride up Glendora Mountain Road to Mount Baldy Village. Honestly wasn't sure they would both fit in the Jetta, but figured why not give it a shot?
Thankfully the rear seats fold down, but they are far from flat. Luckily, the pass-through is relatively large, especially for a car the size of the Jetta. So I thought I had a chance.