Volkswagen gains reliability loses some delight — Volkswagen Carat

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It seems car nuts can’t win. of the most reliable cars out feel like appliances. appliances, for sure, but lacking any for the driver or any real delight for the And there have been cases of nice, affordable that just aren’t

The poster-child for this over years has been Volkswagen. cars were full of to delight their owners: offered the comfort of cars a above their actual in ride, interior finish, and They were fuel had good safety records, and fun to drive. But many also with significant reliability (Learn more about car .)

Take it from me. I’ve quite a few cars, and almost of them have been products. True to their they have ranged in from just fine to So naturally, I was pleased to see the latest VW and Jettas get good reliability from our subscribers, though the line still runs the reliability spectrum. (See our car rankings .)

Unfortunately, after a couple of the latest Golfs in our fleet, it appears there is no free lunch. The latest for 2010 have lost of the detail features that owners coming back despite the reliability problems. The egregious example to me is the radio. For the decade, VW has had among the best controls in the industry, with volume and tuning knobs, and preset buttons. Notably, the stayed on when you turned the car but went off when you removed the Perfect for those NPR driveway or even when you got home and wanted a few extra seconds of while you gather your

But no more. In our 2010 Golf TDI car, the radio turns off as as you shut the engine down. no avoiding it; the car doesn’t have an position in the ignition switch. To the radio playing, you have to the engine running. Or you can turn it on by hitting the power button. But you have to turn it off again once you take the key out. And you’ve interrupted the mood or an all-important factoid, what’s the

There are no longer physical preset buttons on our TDI, The presets are software buttons on the touch screen. (Golfs the base radio, however, do hard-key preset buttons. And the radio does allow iPod interface control.)

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And aren’t the only things There’s no more interior release. This wouldn’t be a big except that the car is constantly the trunk, even when the are open, leaving you to fumble for the key fob time you want to open it. a nifty exterior release in the VW on the back, but it’s really only as a handle, because the is always locked.) On the other this also means no interior fuel door which I found to be a relief, I always forget to unlock it Now I can just go around the car and open the door from the outside.

Other interior controls been cheapened, too. The control knobs, seat and sunroof controls all feel solid compared with VWs. You’ll pay extra for mats, too.

That’s not to say the interior isn’t a pleasant to be, and the cars are still nice to To be fair, the dash is even than it was and more impressive some more expensive But in terms of attention to details and amenities, the cabin is no longer and shoulders above other cars.

Volkswagen’s U.S. President Jacoby has been quoted as he plans to increase sales to in the United States by 2015. To do so, he to make the company’s cars mainstream. “Americans don’t get our he said. Yet recent mainstream often rated highly in our evaluations, with only exceptions like the cruise switch. So why fix what isn’t especially if the fix involves stuff touch-screen radios?

We look to evaluating the new 2011 VW Jetta. and be especially interested to see if there are compromises to hit the $16,000 base

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