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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Updated on March 14, 2011

The Volkswagen Jetta is an attractive mid-size car for consumers who favor that luxury feel without that added cost. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the 2011 Jetta is the added interior functionality, which includes an improved navigational system and Bluetooth connectivity. However, for many car buyers, the price of the Jetta falls short, especially when compared to newer mid-sized sedans offered by Ford that have many of the same features.

For those who love the look and feel of German engineering, however, the Jetta still has a lot to offer in terms of value. In addition, the Jetta is still offered with either a gasoline-powered engine or a diesel engine. The standard model of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta can be purchase for less than $16,000, but most consumers may want to upgrade to the SEL trim package, which includes many of the desirable navigational and sound system features that add to the luxury feel of the car.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Although the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is packed with many of the top cabin electronics that don today’s family cars, some experts contend that the car falls short in terms of power and performance. The manual transmission still has only five gears, and while the car shifts smoothly, reaching top speeds is still quite a climb. Manufacturers claim that the car has 170 horsepower, but those who have driven the 2011 Jetta say that this may be slightly off the mark.

For many years, the most attractive thing about the Volkswagen Jetta has been value. However, with the introduction of the 2011 Jetta, getting more for your buck is not quite as attainable. In order to take advantage of the highly-desirable cabin electronics features, one might spend close to $30,000—a price that packs a lot of sting when compared to the 2011 Ford Fusion. Still, for those willing to spend a little bit more, the Bluetooth connectivity, LCD touch screen, and improved navigational features make for one comfortable ride.

In terms of style, the Volkswagen Jetta has always offered a luxury look and feel, but exterior features have not been dramatically updated in several years. The car is nothing much to look at that, and that luxury feel seems to be diminishing somewhat as other car manufacturers add more attractive features to comparable models. The car is comfortable and sporty, but overall, it seems like most consumers could still get a whole lot more for their money elsewhere.

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