Volkswagen Jetta, she finally compares to others!

In its quest to become the largest automobile manufacturer in the world by 2018, Volkswagen must take measures now subject to position some of its products optimally.

This strategy involves become firmly established on the US market. A walking or Jetta has always been very successful unlike Europe or the Golf is who knows glory. Volkswagen therefore started preparing the ground by unveiling a new Jetta. dela-In a new car is its positioning within the Volkswagen range that marks a new beginning.

So far, the Jetta was a Golf with a trunk and hierarchically, was thus a small check mark over his parent. Henceforth, both in terms of size and price, the Jetta is Volkswagen”s range of entry model.

More impressive than before, the Jetta is now equal game with tenors that are the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Toyota Corolla and, the hope, the new Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus future. In terms of prices, the old generation of the Jetta detailing minimum, well beyond $ 2000. Henceforth, it is possible to get a Jetta for $ 1875, a price defying, again, the Civic and company. Of course, to offer a car under $ 1000, the Volks has cut a little … forget the air conditioner, central locking and heated seats. However, the equipment remains interesting win anyway: folding rear seats 60/40, six airbags, electric windows and telescopic steering wheel are part of the basic equipment.

The 2011 Jetta will arrive in late September with known denominations: Trendline, Trendline +, Comfortline, Sportline and Highline. If a base Trendline is detailed under $ 1000, the price increase is quite fast. For example, add $ 1,400 for the automatic, $ 275 for all Climate (air conditioner and heated seats front) and another $ 300 for the block heater, not included in the set Climate! It may ultimately end up with a Jetta Highline TDI by almost $ 3,000. At this time, the Passat could be an alternative choice. Except that the Passat 2011 is no longer available in DC versions. It was not until the next generation of the Passat.

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All that is well and good but what about the car?
First, as is usually the case with the Germans, was playing the card of sobriety. A excessively we add tents. Even if the rear lights of the Jetta the same design of those of the Audi A4 (after all, belongs Audi Volkswagen), one can not say that the new sedan stands out in traffic. By cons, this style mat presents a sizeable advantage … it allows a car to age well and will not have the old-fashioned air in five years. The new Hyundai Sonata, for example, is, in my humble opinion, much prettier than the Jetta but I”m not convinced it will pass the test of time with much success.

If the body is simple, even austere, the same goes for the interior. Anyone who has already driven a Volkswagen product will find the same quality materials, the same assembly seriously executed, the same ideal arrangement of dials and most orders. The gray and black interiors are pretty depressing but it is possible, on some versions, to obtain contrasting colors look great. In short, we are in familiar territory and, again, those who prefer Exploded lines are better off looking elsewhere.

The previous Jetta demarquait by a large cockpit and a huge trunk. Since the newcomer has won some 7.3 centimeters, is people taking place at the back who benefit from a superior leg clearance. As for the trunk, it plunges 440 liters, which is huge for a sedan, much more than that proposed by the Honda Civic and Mazda3. Moreover, it is possible to lower the folders in the back seat.

Nothing new under the hood!
The offer debute with the four-cylinder 2.0-liter that were found in the Jetta and whose origins date back probably to the time of Noah. Perhaps even his grandfather … The engine of 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft is not more verve than before but it is henceforth reliable. He is married to office with a manual five relations or, optionally, with an automatic six reports. If your needs in terms of performance and driving pleasure are not very students, this mill will do.

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Most people will prefer it the five-cylinder 2.5-liter 170 horsepower and 177 foot-pounds of torque. It does not make the Jetta a bomb but his enthusiasm and gasoline consumption has barely high as that of the 2.0-liter should rally the most buyers. Here too we are dealing has a manual transmission has five reports and an automatic six.

The third engine offers is well known to fans of Volkswagen of Quebec where it enjoys great popularity. This is the four-cylinder turbodiesel 2.0-liter (TDI for short) of 140 horsepower and, wait for it, 236 foot-pounds of torque obtained from 1750 revs / minute. This engine, extraordinarily thrifty (it allows a car to have a range of at least 1100 km away!) Proves THE privilegier engine. However, it is significantly more expensive to purchase and we must admit, a little noisy. But rest assured, it is far from diesel of 70 years and 80! An automatic transmission and manual, both six reports, are proposed. Later, Volkswagen will offer a GLI version more sporty and luxurious, which has always been very successful in Quebec. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged 200 horsepower should be satisfactory …

On familiar ground
Again, at the risk of repeating ourselves, we are in the presence of a pure Volkswagen product. Management shines with precision and feedback and the chassis seems a solidity to any ordeal. For cons, I find them harder than the previous generation suspensions. It must be said that the rear suspension beam is a rigid whereas Europeans entitled has multiple arms, what will have future GLi. The basic version has brakes are drums, a return back to Volks which was well cut somewhere in arriving at an affordable price.

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Same lines too fast in curves, the new Jetta has a solid road manners, which is not surprising given the brand”s history. Even if the various manual transmissions are generally irreproachable, we prefer their DSG automatic transmission, especially in city driving. By cons, and it”s a shame, only the TDI offers paddle shifters, which adds to the driving pleasure. At the international launch, all Jetta TRIED had a hard accelerator is modulated, which sometimes gave a little jerk departures. We address another downside to the control system of lateral stability and traction (ESC) that can not be disabled. In some situations, such as when the car is stuck in a Snowdrift, the deactivation of these systems can be a blessing. The inability to deactivate these systems seems unfortunately become the norm in the industry. The Ford Fiesta, for example, does not, either, that opportunity.

Volkswagen”s strategy for the coming years is not only about the Jetta (called a hybrid version for 2012 or 2013). It already working on the successor to the Passat and the new New Beetle (if she called the New Beetle?) but especially the next startup of a new plant in Chattanooga Tennessee which should help considerably to the German company improve his lot in America.

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta
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1875 $ 266
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years / 800km
years / 1000km
9.9 / 6.2 / n.d.l / 100km
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Chevrolet CruzeFord FocusHonda CivicMazda3Mitsubishi LancerNissan SentraSubaru ImprezaToyota Corolla
  • Interior bigger than before
  • huge trunk
  • solid road manners
  • Affordable basic model
  • DNA Volks preserve
  • Lines lacking some punch
  • Technically less elaborate
  • 2.0 liter fair enough
  • little progressive accelerator
  • More expensive models TDI

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