By David Thomas on June 15, 2010
If the previous-generation Jetta was accused of resembling a Toyota Corolla, the completely redesigned 2011 model, which is slated for sale this October, seems to mimic more upscale sedans like those from BMW. That’s not a bad thing, but the best news from today’s unveiling of the 2011 Jetta is its starting price of around $16,000, which is significantly less than the current model and puts it right at the Chevy Cruze’s starting price and below the new Jetta-like Suzuki Kizashi at $18,999.
Along with the price, its looks also could draw in shoppers. Gone is the deep Audi-esque grille; it’s replaced by a more traditional slotted look. Traditional — nay, boring — may be the term to best describe the new Jetta’s styling, but it should serve to be an improvement over the outgoing model.
Also getting a big change is its overall size. The 2011 is 182.7 inches long, which is 3.4 inches longer than the 2010. That’s just slightly behind the Kizashi at 183.1, but it’s shorter than traditional midsize sedans like the Ford Fusion at 190.6 inches.
Trim designations will be S, SE, SEL and TDI for the diesel and GLI for the 2.0 turbo. A manual transmission will be standard on all models with a six-speed DSG automatic available on the TDI and GLI.No other transmission specs were given at this time.
The interior looks relatively upscale in these photos, but VW is hoping to snag more entry-level buyers with the low starting price and engine choice than with its top-of-the-line models.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David