we first saw the new Jetta at the Los
Angeles Auto Show, we wanted to like it a lot. But
after our test drive, we were somewhat disappointed.
The design and lines are outstanding, and the car definitely
looks and feels grown up. But the look of the dash and
the other interior design features is where we started
to have second thoughts. And when we drove it, it got
again, the overall design is great, and there is plenty
of room inside for five. Even the trunk is spacious,
which is practical. But it lacks something sexy, and
getting it going was so painful at times, it almost
felt as if we were driving a diesel. Our blue graphite
tester looked pretty cool, but the gray leatherette
interior could turn the mood the same color.
is a brand new in-line 5-cylinder engine that does not
get a chance to express itself fully. For general driving
in the city or on the highway, if you are not looking
for performance, there is nothing wrong with the Jetta.
In fact, compared to earlier generations, it will give
you the feeling of being in a larger luxury sedan.
hope for VW that there are drivers out there for the
Jetta’s fifth generation. If not, wait for the
next one, or go for the turbocharged GLI with close
to 200 horsepower. But one last attractive point is
the base model price: $20,000.
Warranty/Service: Volkswagen New Vehicle Limited Warranty 4 Years/50,000
miles; Powertrain Limited Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles;
Limited Warranty Against Corrosion Perforation 12 years/Unlimited
Mileage; 24-Hour Roadside Assistance 4 years/50,000