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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE Connectivity review: This SE is not the VW Jetta you’re looking for


Functioning like a sort of for Volkswagens, Car-Net brings a of connected features including crash response, roadside (provided by VW partner Allstate), and location. Family features notifications (via e-mail or for exceeding preset speeds or or exiting preset, geofenced Remote services include vehicle locking, horn destination download, and a concierge that lets the driver to an operator to search for a destination and the location downloaded to the navigation if equipped. (Ours wasn’t.) Diagnostics tools allow the to schedule visits for service and vehicle health reports.

The system adds a number of features to the Jetta, which our SE model wasn’t able to full advantage of. Josh

Drivers can either interact the Car -Net features by pressing one of the buttons located on the ceiling in the vehicle — information, assistance, or SOS — to speak to a center operator, use an iPhone (an Android version is coming according to a VW representative), or access the through a browser on a Web-connected computer.

I was able to try out the VW Car-Net app on the 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL and was given demonstrations of the roadside and vehicle-tracking features and found to also be easy and accessible. sure that it would similarly on this VW, with the that the Jetta SE’s of navigation will disable like address download. a navigation system in place, day-to-day usefulness is severely but having the emergency and roadside watching your back may add to peace of mind.

A six-month free trial of the service is included in the MSRP, which it’ll cost per year to retain access. month to month will be expensive, and committing to multiple yields discounts. VW states the system brings its vehicles parity with telematics offered by GM, Hyundai, and Toyota at a price.

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the hood, you’ll find 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected engine. Power is stated at 170 and 184 pound-feet of torque, which sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual or six-speed gearbox.

On paper, the Jetta is looking better than the new but don’t let the turbocharged engine you. This is no driver’s Like the Toyota, it’s transportation — more getter than corner

Gone is the torsion-bar rear end of the model year; the Jetta’s rear suspension is back for However, rather than a upgrade, the benefit here is a smooth, controlled ride bumps. The Jetta is more for it, which is a very good for commuters. However, the suspension and are still pretty vague and which is not so good for enthusiasts they’ll want to check out GTI or the Jetta’s GLI trim level.

The 1.8-liter turbocharged engine good power, but you’ll to do a lot of shifting to tap into it. Josh

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Mash the right pedal to a pass and you’ll find turbo lag is a noticeable issue for 1.8-liter turbo if you catch it Once you get the turbo whistling, is not bad at all, but you’ll have to working the five-speed manual to make the most of your Even then, the ratios too broadly spaced and you’ll find yourself waiting for the It probably could use another gear, which most will probably get anyway they inevitable opt for the six-speed

Fuel economy isn’t bad at 26 36 highway, and 30 combined miles per The trip computer reported a 30 mpg during my testing, which bang-on the EPA’s guesses, but have expected just a bit from my relaxed and freeway-heavy cycle.

Don’t get me wrong, the gets the job done. It’s a than competent highway where its suspension isn’t very much and is able to up those expansion joints and from cracked pavement. At the Jetta feels solid and its turbocharged engine hummed happily in the meaty part of its curve. As an enthusiast, I’d a bit more soul in my drive. But if looking for no-frills, no-thrills this VW Jetta SE fits the

Basic math

The 2014 VW SE with Connectivity is a solid car for the but I didn’t feel that it was or impressive. The power was good, the economy was good, and the Car-Net adds peace of mind, but I wowed during my week this vee-dub. At least at SE trim level, it’s a car for who don’t necessarily care cars. So if you’re comparing it the Toyota Corolla or Mazda3, our $20,420 as-tested price doesn’t include the $820 fee) is not a bad deal.

It may seem I’ve complained about the SE’s performance and tech, but a competent car for the price. Josh

But it doesn’t take more a glance at Volkswagen’s lineup to see the Jetta SE with its 1.8-liter isn’t the best deal in the stable. For not much more our as-tested price, you could be a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Premium. This diesel-powered packs much more (236 pound-feet), much highway fuel economy (42 and better dashboard tech includes Volkswagen’s awesome audio system. If you’re in the for a Jetta, do yourself a favor and together an extra $4,435 for a much better car in the TDI.

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