2011 Volkswagen Jetta Overview
Volkswagen is seeking to be a serious competitor in the compact car segment and proves it with the newly redesigned 2011 Jetta. For the new model year, the Jetta has undergone a complete makeover inside and out and is ready to compete with vehicles like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda3. The wagon edition of the Jetta underwent a similar overhaul in 2010, and retains its styling from that year.
The Jetta has traditionally inhabited the premium compact space, between the luxury and more mainstream models. But Volkswagen’s new aim is to bring those premium features to a price point in line with the more affordable cars in its segment, and the new Jetta comes with $1,500 price drop off the previous year’s MSRP.
For the 2011 model year, the Jetta is available in four distinct trims: base S, SE, SEL, and TDI (diesel). The base S trim comes equipped with a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder. SE and SEL trims receive a bump up to a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine. Both engines work with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The Jetta’s TDI trim comes with a fuel efficient 140-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, teamed with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A performance version of the Jetta, the GLI edition, will be available in spring of 2011.
Exterior changes for the new Jetta are abundant. It sports the new horizontal bar grille spotted on other Volkswagen models, squared off headlights, and a longer wheelbase. Overall, the Jetta loses some its previous “roundness” in favor of a more angular design resulting in a clean looking sedan with conservative, yet handsome styling.
The Jetta features a highly customizable interior, based on trim level and added features. Air conditioning, a stereo with auxiliary input jack, and automatic power windows are standard on all models. The SE trim adds on simulated leather upholstery and cruise control, with available heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth connectivity. The SEL trim adds premium features like a touch-screen navigation system, trip computer, and lumbar support for the driver’s seat.
Due to its longer wheelbase, passengers in the back seat of the Jetta will enjoy 2.7 inches of additional legroom, making the Jetta an ideal people carrier. Its 15.5-cubic-foot trunk, dwarfs the cargo space offered by the Civic or Mazda3, and allows you to carry all the luggage or cargo you need.
The Jetta doesn’t skimp when it comes to standard safety features. Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, front side impact and full cabin side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints all come with every Jetta.
The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta strives to be the new choice in the compact car segment, and with its new lowered sticker price and abundance of options, is impossible to overlook.