There is one comment that I wish Volkswagen will heed this. For the rear passenger the centre seat leg space is squah by the rear aircon outlet. Have the Volkswagen have make the rear aircon outlet abit of 2 inch to the front, and the bump in the middle transmission is lower, then this car is superb. If this is done like I recommend then this car overall rating will be the highest.
Having recently changed employers and handing back my 53-plate Volkswagen Golf, I was tasked with finding a new company car.
With so many to consider, I felt drawn back to VW and short-listed the Passat 2.0 TDi S and the Jetta 2.0 TDi SE. For some reason, I didn't fancy another Golf. Anyway, having test driven both models, the Jetta was my prefered choice and I took delivery this week.
I am extremely impressed by the build quality and smooth performance. The SE trim is excellent, although I wish I had opted for front foglights and rear parking sensors.
The car has had many admiring glances and even a couple of staunch Audi A4 owners I know have had their eyes opened to what VW can offer. If you are thinking about buying one or taking one as a company car, it looks great in Platinum Silver, because it compliments the two-tone alloys. Well done, VW.
I chose this car as a replacement for my aging Jaguar X-type, and at the time of ordering I was worried that it might be a bit of a come-down. I was so wrong - this car is brilliant.
I drive automatics but still like a fun car and wanted fuel economy, too. Once moving, the diesel engine performs better than any petrol I have ever driven (except for that very initial take-off from rest), and the DSG semi-auto box is unbelievably smooth in all modes (Drive, Sport, or tiptronic manual). What is more, I am now getting more than double the fuel economy of my previous car.
This car is built in Mexico, which means that lead times on a factory order are longer than for other VWs, but the build quality is 100% German.
The boot is massive and the seats fold, so you get plenty flexibility, and the extra stiffness of the saloon body makes for better handling, too.
I laboured long and hard over whether to buy a Saab or VW Jetta. In the end I chose the Jetta because of the slightly sportier handling, but now I'm glad for so many other reasons.
In this age of silly fuel prices, it's nice to know that even when cruising at motorway speeds I'm getting at least 46-49mpg, and if I take it easy, I've even managed to get up to 55mpg over an A-road 30-mile run.
The level of equipment is superb, with automatic lights and wipers, and a great stereo, though I would have liked electric fold-in mirrors as standard.
The handling is quite firm, but I like this, and after an ever-so-slight turbo lag, the acceleration is excellent for a diesel. For a car that doesn't shout little boy racer like the Golf, I have managed to surprise a few of them at traffic lights.
Finally, the interior space is excellent for what some claim to be a Golf with a boot. There is definitely enough room for five, and with the unfeasibly large boot (gangsters with bodies take note), there is more than enough space to take the luggage for five as well.
I shouldn't really be submitting this because one of the other reasons I like the Jetta is that there are not too many of them around, but between the Ford Mondeo, Saab 9-3, Mazda 6 and Toyota Avensis, I'd take the Jetta every time.
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