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2011 Volkswagen Jetta

By luanpa in | August 30, 2010 | (1) Comment

The new Volkswagen Jetta 2011 model is an entirely new vehicle design. Never before was a VW Jetta this large, this sporty, this independent. The new Jetta impresses as an independent vehicle like the Passat CC or Tiguan.

As the linchpin of VW’s ambitious plans for growth in the U.S. market, the Jetta has been redesigned to accommodate the more -space mantra of American. The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is 182.7 inches (4.63 metres) long, 57.1 inches (1.45 metres) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 metres) wide (length of the European version: 4.64 metres). This makes the Volkswagen 3.15 inches (8 cm) longer than the previous model. The interplay of exterior dimensions produces a powerful ratio of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen “design DNA” sharpens its style.

Unsurprisingly, there were no base models on hand, so we saddled up in an SEL-spec (with sunroof) tester, complete with 16-inch Sedona wheels, a six-speaker stereo, iPod integration, Sirius, Bluetooth and VW’s new five-inch “RNS 315” touchscreen navigation system. Keep your hands off the dash and on the wheel, and the experience is remarkably more pleasant, but at $23,395, it better be.

For 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, the engine lineup has grown by one, with a choice of a 2.0-liter inline-four outputting 115 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 revs (initial fuel economy estimates come in at 24/34 mpg city/hwy). The 140-hp 2.0-liter TDI will remain (due in December) and Volkswagen has confirmed that a GLI version is on its way next year with a 2.0-liter TFSI four putting out 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, and delivering a 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds with a six-speed manual and 6.8 when fitted with the automaker’s dual clutch DSG transmission.

Our tester was fitted with the familiar 2.5 MPI five-cylinder, churning out 170 hp at 5,700 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm, and delivering an estimated 24 mpg it the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Mated to a six-speed manual, the 0-60 time clocks in at 8.2 seconds, but considering the projected take-rate for the stick, we sampled the six-speed automatic version, which delivers a run to 60 in 8.5 seconds and is more attuned to what the U.S. market wants. And what they want is an appliance.

Driving a Sport model back-to-back with a standard SEL, the revised suspension components are barely perceptible around town, on the freeway and even through the backroads.

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