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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

4.3
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Why a 2011 Jetta?

by 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...
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 complement of current high tech (IPod adaptor, Bluetooth, AUX, XM radio, touchscreen audio interface, CD changer, wheel mounted audio controls) 5. Full complement of current safety features (front/side airbags, ABS, stability control, impact beams, blinkers on side mirrors) 6. Comfortable seats and interior— Interior pleasant to look at (I don’t touch my dashboard except when wiping dust off) 7. Great dimensions: Overall length shorter than the Audi A4 even though more rear legroom than Honda Accord/ Acura MDX 8. Sliding sunroof 9. Fake leather interior—looks like leather, more durable v. spills than cloth 10. Big trunk 11. Automatic transmission 12. Power windows 13. Remote keyless entry 14. Included warranties same as Honda/Toyota/Nissan 15. ALL of the above for just over $21k (including delivery)
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best of both worlds

by from Kansas City, MO on March 24, 2011

I was coming from an older - but still sporty - coupe ('97 acura integra gsr). I was really looking for something fuel efficient but with 4 doors, so I was mainly considering other cars in the compact...
I was coming from an older - but still sporty - coupe ('97 acura integra gsr). I was really looking for something fuel efficient but with 4 doors, so I was mainly considering other cars in the compact sedan segment. I considered Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and the Jetta. Hybrids did not have enough power for me (I'm heavy footed), so I did not consider them, but I knew I didn't need something super powerful. The Mazda3 felt much like my parents' Kias - cheap. Go open and close the door on one of those - It feels like tin foil and plastic. That was all I needed to see to cross that one off my list. The Corolla was nice - but nothing special and I didn't particularly care for the interior styling. This narrowed my choices down to the Civic and the Jetta. The Civic sedan seemed like a good, solid car. It felt well put together, and rode decent. Not a lot of power, but certainly sufficient. I was looking at the EX-L sedan w/ Nav (top of the line for the civics). The navigation seemed to be from the stone age, and the voice commands were a joke. However, I knew the civic would be a reliable car (My Acura had 180k miles and was still very reliable... just a bit outdated for me). Then I drove the Jetta TDI. I was mainly considering this vehicle due to the fuel economy (rated at 30/42 but ask any other TDI owners and they'll tell you its actually much higher). As soon as I pulled out of the parking lot, I was in love. The 0-60 specs might not seem so great on paper, but man this car is fun to drive! If you are considering a Jetta, drive the TDI! I opted for the nav package, which included navigation (obviously), fog lights, and the push button start. The navigation is light years ahead of those in at the Mazda3 and Honda Civic (I didn't test the Corolla's), and the Jettas bluetooth works exceptionally!. The push button start means I never have to fish the keys out of my pocket (actually very convenient). Are there cars on the market with more features? sure. but I felt the Jetta TDI was the best run for my money. I compared insurance quotes before making my purchase - and state farm offered me a 20% safety discount for the Jetta. This put my monthly premium lower than the Civic's (and being 22, low insurance makes a big difference). Additionally, the updated exterior appearance give it a totally different look - not girly anymore (I always thought Jettas were too girly for me - but now I own one). The interior is very nice, although I'm worried my cornsilk beige will get dirty. My 6' friends sit comfortably in the back seat, even with my seat all the way back. and the trunk is HUGE. I cannot comment on the reliability because I have only owned mine for 1 week now. If you are worried about vw's "downgrading" for the 2011 year - don't. It is something you would only notice coming from a 2009 or 2010 (and even then, maybe not). The car handles well, despite the torsion beam rear suspension. Road noise doesn't seem to be a problem. The base gasser model is the only model that was downgraded to rear drum brakes i believe. I would recommend to anyone on the market for a new car with the capacity of a mid size sedan, the fuel economy of a hybrid, and the interior and performance of a luxury sedan to consider this years Jetta - especially the TDI. You'll know just what I mean once you take your test drive
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Excellent handling car

by from Kittery, ME on November 4, 2010

The car is great to drive, very manueverable in traffic etc. The inside is comfortable with all the conveniences including a large glove box. That was a surprise because they are usually very small. T...
The car is great to drive, very manueverable in traffic etc. The inside is comfortable with all the conveniences including a large glove box. That was a surprise because they are usually very small. The heater/air conditioner work fast, heated seats and power windows great. The 6 CD changer & radio sound nice. One of the best things is that it is great on gas. I am very pleased with my choice.
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2011 VW Jetta TDI Auto

by from Tennessee on April 13, 2011

I've now owned my 2011 Jetta TDI for about 2 months, and the one thing that keeps coming to my mind is 42 MPG. By the way in everyday driving you can get way better than the 42 MPG listed on the windo...
I've now owned my 2011 Jetta TDI for about 2 months, and the one thing that keeps coming to my mind is 42 MPG. By the way in everyday driving you can get way better than the 42 MPG listed on the window sticker. In fact, I have gone on 50 mile trips and averaged 47 MPG! As far as economical, this car is great, I love the fuel economy. However, I do have some gripes about this car. My car is two months old and yet I hear interior rattles, now the dealer did say they would fix this I just haven't taken it in yet. The seat is also very uncomfortable if you are over 6ft tall. And to be completely honest the exterior styling isn't sporty enough. The DSG automated manuel transmission is very difficult to get used to, if you are at a complete stop in "D" and hit the gas hard you will sit there for about 1.5 seconds before you actually move. Now as you drive this car more you get used to the delay, and what to do to avoid it, but I must say at first this lag almost got me hit a time or two. If you leave a stop in "S" (sport mode) there is no delay. There is another strange thing that the DSG transmission does, when you are going at a low rate of speed at a low constant RPM the transmission will occasionally make the car hop. It almost feels as if you are driving a manual in 3rd gear and it's trying to stall. My jetta has done this 4 times now, so I called the dealer and they basically just told me that it will occasionally do that. Other than the weird transmission, uncomfortable seat, interior rattles, and un-sporty design it is a great overall car. I would hate it if it didn't get such good fuel economy, I mean who can complain when you get well over 42MPG.
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I love this car

by from Seattle, Wa on February 14, 2011

I love this car! Not only is it beautiful and fun to drive, but it has lots of room for my family. What kept us from buying a Jetta in the past was the lack of head room for my 6'5 husband and the lac...
I love this car! Not only is it beautiful and fun to drive, but it has lots of room for my family. What kept us from buying a Jetta in the past was the lack of head room for my 6'5 husband and the lack of room in the back seat for my two boys. This new Jetta is perfect! I've always wanted one and finally it fits all my needs!
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I've owned them all and this is the best

by from Murrieta, California on February 24, 2012

I was hesitant to buy a "diesel" and pay the extra to get it but I made the right decision. I bought my Jetta TDI in May 2010 brand new. I have 98,000 miles on it as I am a road warrior driving 200-30...
I was hesitant to buy a "diesel" and pay the extra to get it but I made the right decision. I bought my Jetta TDI in May 2010 brand new. I have 98,000 miles on it as I am a road warrior driving 200-300 miles per day for my work. I LOVE THIS CAR! I've owned Mercedes, toyotas, hondas, bmw's, you name it and this car is still as rock solid as the day I bought it. No squeaks or rattles. I've replaced the battery and tires and changed the oil every 10k miles. I routinely get 43-49 miles to the gallon. I got the premium addition and the navigation with bluetooth and built in adapter for the IPHONE is the best. My laptop can be plugged into the plug in in the back seat area and I can charge that while I am using my iphone or ipad. I am going to be giving this car to my daughter in June when I will have turned about 120K miles on it and get me a Passat TDI. I go about 580-630 miles on a tank full of gas (14.5 gallons) which costs me about $55-62 per tank. I drive it also to tucson during baseball season and if its just my wife and I will get 50+ mpg going the speed limit. I've researched all the other "great gas mileage cars" and none compare to these VW's. Very very impressed with this car.
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Great car with a whole bunch of power

by from Columbus, GA on November 8, 2010

I have the SE and love it. I loved my 2007 but the drivers option was up on it so I replaced it with the 2011 version. This car has awesome power behind it and this year you can tell that it is a much...
I have the SE and love it. I loved my 2007 but the drivers option was up on it so I replaced it with the 2011 version. This car has awesome power behind it and this year you can tell that it is a much smoother ride than the 2007. I also notice the leg room has increased and that is a plus for my growing kids. And the stereo rocks. I haven't heard a better stock radio.
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FAVORITE CAR IN THE WORLD

by from Sunapee, NH on June 15, 2011

This car is absolutely amazing!!! We bought the car 2 months ago and its awesome! We have 2 full grown teenagers living at home and they both fit fine in the back seat.(sedan) The TDI gets very good g...
This car is absolutely amazing!!! We bought the car 2 months ago and its awesome! We have 2 full grown teenagers living at home and they both fit fine in the back seat.(sedan) The TDI gets very good gas mileage and is very fun to drive. We have had problems with the sunroof not closing but that was fixed no problem by our dealership. It is priced the same as a Prius and being an owner of a Prius it has many more features and is well worth the money!!! Our older son drives it to school and the Jetta is no longer a girls car it is the one everyone wants to ride in, we bought him a 2006 Audi A4 quattro (the more expensive sister to the Jetta) and he likes to drive the Jetta more than his Audi. If you are going to get a Jetta spend the extra money for the TDI because it is worth it!
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best car I've ever owned

by from Texas City on February 21, 2012

i"ve beed buying VW's since my first 02 Diesel. I brought a Standard shift. I needed an automatic. I couldn't find a 03 or 06 Diesel, (they didn't have them then. I found an 09 jetta Diesel. My wife a...
i"ve beed buying VW's since my first 02 Diesel. I brought a Standard shift. I needed an automatic. I couldn't find a 03 or 06 Diesel, (they didn't have them then. I found an 09 jetta Diesel. My wife and I love it. things changed in my life and I was able to trade in my 03 passat 1.8 gas tubo for a 2012 Jetta Diesel. we now have two jetta diesels. we love them both. My wife now commutes with the 2012 and I use the 09 for playing around.(I'm retired). We took a small trip with the new one of a round trip of 180 miles. The trip odometer said we got 53.3 MPG on that trip, I can live with that. we haven't spent a dime on the 09 since we brought it. but the 40,000mile check up and oil change will be a little expensive when it comes up. but we brought the 2012 because of the good luck with the 09. and we like driving the Diesel. They run good on the road.(read that quick) and they will cruse at any speed you can afford, don't ask how we know that? yes, both cars have the DSG?? transmission and that's ok too. I didn't know my 09 had a 6 CD changer in the radio till lately. And yes, we need help with the blue tooth stuff(ok, we are old folks), I miss the electric back of the front seat on the 2012(like I have on the 09) "O" both cars are red because of the Fog we have on the gulf coast.
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Jedi Jetta

by from Lubbock, TX on March 1, 2011

Amazing experience, I got my new fully-loaded Jetta in October. The features and styling of this beauty make up for any lag on the "race-track". Great car!
Amazing experience, I got my new fully-loaded Jetta in October. The features and styling of this beauty make up for any lag on the "race-track". Great car!
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