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2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Available Price Range $5,315-$12,607 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 28-35 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Our Take

The Volkswagen Jetta has long been a premium offering in the compact-sedan segment, but with its redesign for the 2011 model year, VW aims to make it a more mainstream model by adding a new lower-priced version to the lineup. The Jetta hits dealerships in fall 2010, and competitors include the H... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Lower-quality interior compared with predecessor
  • Throttle lag from a standing start with automatic
  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Awkward reach to adjust front-seat backrest angle

Notable Features

  • Redesigned sedan for 2011
  • Significantly lower starting price
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Increased backseat room
  • Wagon continues in previous form


Our Expert Reviews

What the Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean-diesel sedan lacks in electronic gizmos it makes up for with a rewarding driving experience and superior mileage.Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley reviewed the gas-powered Jetta, and you can read his review here. I'll focus on the diesel version I drove. While Mike and I agree on a lot, our impressions of the interior differ.  The Jetta sedan has been r... Read full review for the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

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Why a 2011 Jetta?

by Puffins from Boston, MA on October 19, 2010

Balance between content and price. 1. Enough power for easy highway merges and handling a full load of passengers 2. Smooth driving dynamics; solid feel to car 3. Sleek/current exterior 4. Full comple... Read Full Review


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There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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