2012 Volkswagen Jetta SE Review By Carey Russ +VIDEO — Volkswagen Jetta A4

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta SE — By Carey Russ

DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD

CAREY RUSS

2011/12 Jetta SE

Volkswagen made a change of direction with the of its latest Jetta a year What had for years been as an upscale alternative to the common and small mid-sized sedans was revised to be direct competition the Asian and American brands dominate the class. Prices dropped, and the car was redesigned for broader

Compared to its immediate predecessor, the Jetta was de-contented. Something has to for lower cost… The previous independent rear suspension was by a torsion beam axle, as previously to that. Its four-wheel brakes gave way to rear at least for the low- and mid-level The class above soft-touch used in the interior gave way to hard plastics. Such caused consternation among members of the press and the Volkswagen

There was no problem with from the buying public. rose dramatically, as in nearly 75% to the previous year. Volkswagen was doing something right.

The Jetta started with a lineup, S, SE, and SEL sedans with a 115-hp four-cylinder engine in the S and five in the SE and SEL. A turbodiesel TDI was a late introduction. Model 2012 sees the next step, the performance-oriented GLI, 200 turbocharged and intercooled horsepower its direct-injected 2.0-liter four. new for 2012 is the availability of a premium audio system. Yeah, Fender…


Small wagons are a small in the American market, as are diesels. the two and you get the Jetta TDI Sport Wagon, if the numbers I’ve seen are any indication, is outselling the 2.5-liter S and SE variants handily. A small but Volkswagen absolutely owns it.

But review is about the Jetta and in particular the mid-level SE. Which is the popular model. And that is for reason. It’s notably and roomier inside, than any Jetta, with a roomy as well. If conservative, its styling is and handsome. The unusual five-cylinder has grown in power output it’s introduction back in and now puts out 170 horsepower, and is matched to a manual or six-speed automatic With a couple hundred of weight shed (see, isn’t all bad!) that better performance than the generation, and better fuel

My test car was an automatic SE with no None really needed, a $1365 Convenience Package and Convenience and Sunroof Package add like alloy wheels, trim for the steering wheel and knob, heated front audio upgrades, and power sunroof. Keeping in the spirit of and financial economy means those extras out, and the box-stock is not only a good it’s a good Volkswagen. The changes are largely meaningless in the world, and, especially in mode with the automatic, is Volkswagen, not generic. Boring not here, there’s still of character, a rarity in a class of appliances.

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Welcome to the new face of Volkswagen. not flamboyant, it’s conservatively in a way that should age well. seems the operative word, and in a way. Nowhere is the overly-complex favored by some Asian evident. The gentle curve of the and passenger cabin is complemented by shoulders. Prominent fender and lower sills hint at perhaps, but they also add and rigidity to the body sides. low taillights and a crisp lip to the rear of the lid show some similarity to the distant cousin Audi A4, the two cars share nothing but ownership.

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COMFORT: Oh dear, hard and vinyl upholstery. In the wrong that’s a recipe for esthetic and disaster. Here, well, the way to do it right. Other than hard to the touch, the materials for the main part of the instrument and door interiors look like their more-expensive The texturing helps reduce always good. German cows are more like than some other real cows — V-Tex leatherette feels like leather than leathers in the price class, the price. In the SE, the steering wheel is plastic, but it grips well, and is for both tilt and reach. The seats are manually-adjustable, the driver’s height included. All windows are up and down. See, the really features were not de-contented. As interior styling is conservative, and more familiarly Volkswagen.

The three-inch stretch in wheelbase happiness to the rear seat, a high central tunnel and console that extends far to the (with a power point and storage for rear passengers) make the center position a proposition. Which is not unusual for any today. The seatback folds for times when the large isn’t quite large A space-saver spare is found the trunk floor.

SAFETY: The has driver and front passenger and seat-mounted side airbags full-length side curtain plus standard antilock It gets a four-star rating NHTSA for front, side, and overall crash performance.

AND HANDLING: In theory, the newest is a step backwards, as the independent suspension of the previous generation has way to a torsion beam axle, as in Jettas up to 2005. Perhaps might matter on the track, at the perhaps… in the real world I the slightly less compliant damping more than any effects from an unpowered axle. And that’s more a at (lack of) local road than Volkswagen’s suspension In SE trim, the Jetta is not intended to be a sedan (see GLI for that) but far more fun that your transportation appliance. And yes, are steel wheels and drums in the — so? More people buy wheels for appearance than of unsprung weight, and for a street car little real weight in alloys anyway. Front do the majority of braking work, and if you you need discs, they’re in the SEL and GLI. The S and SE’s antilock system works just for everyday use. Want IRS and discs? GLI is your answer.

PERFORMANCE: VW’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder is the perfect engine for car. With 170 horsepower (at rpm) and torque peaking at 177 at 4250, it’s significantly powerful than the S model’s 2.0-liter four. Think of it as the with one more cylinder and a overhead cam, four-valve instead of the four’s SOHC design. It’s especially in the midrange. If it seems a little and hesitant in D, that’s likely the transmission programming is meant to fuel economy. Just put it in S, and it can care of itself much with recourse to manual only really necessary in low-speed corners. Let loose that (or better, with the stick), it sings its unusual five-cylinder song and provides of good old Volkswagen go power. with driven like gas mileage was a respectable 25 mpg overall, as little highway driving as I never did any better in my `69 Bug, was far smaller, less comfortable, slower, and we won’t even brakes…

CONCLUSIONS: Rumors of the VW Jetta’s de-evolution were premature.

2011/2012 Volkswagen Jetta SE

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