2012 Volkswagen Jetta Review

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Review

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta has quite a huge range of prices. The base model with the small 2.0 liter engine and manual transmission costs just over $15,000. This is an excellent deal for those on a budget. This car also gets incredible gas mileage at 34 MPG on the highway. At the other end of the spectrum costing over $26,000 is the premium model with the TDI engine and Navigation. This Jetta model is packed with luxury amenities and tons of options and features. The engine is a turbo diesel that gets 42 MPG on the highway. This is the most fuel efficient diesel on the market.

In truth, even after many changes and upgrades, the Jetta remains a top selling and performing compact sedan.  This niche is very competitive with other cars like the Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze all vying for sales. But the Jetta continues to sell like hot cakes year after year.

Of course, Volkswagen puts great emphasis on its dimensions calling them “more generous”. The length of the car and its wheelbase has increased by 8 and 7.3 inches; which added room to the interior.  The dimensions that have evolved significantly reflected in the increased space now available to the occupants of the back seat. Now an additional 6.9 inches of clearance has been added to give you much needed leg room.  Now the new Jetta is suitable for four adults.


From the aesthetic point of view, the new Jetta is easily distinguished from the previous generation. But the problem with this segment is all the cars look like each other. And Volkswagen has decided to play it safe with the changes to the exterior. A far cry from the bold design of the new Hyundai Elantra, the Jetta actually looks a lot like the Toyota Camry which is the bestselling car in America.

The most popular is the middle of the road is the Jetta SE with a base price of $18,000. The five-cylinder 2.5 liter 4-clyinder delivers performance very suitable for high-end versions of this compact sedan. Power output is 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is excellent as 23 MPG in the city and 33 on the highway.  On the base models much of the standard equipment has simply disappeared:  the air conditioner, cruise control, power mirrors and remote keyless entry are all gone from the $15k car. But the SE at least comes with the basic features like power and air conditioning.  You can buy this equipment but the price quickly climbs higher.

The Jetta has comfortable 8-way adjustable seat, a multifunction steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, an electric sunroof and a stereo with iPod adapter. For this price point you really cannot expect too much.  The interior is distinguished by chrome effects here and there. If you can afford the leather then by all means opt for that. The Jetta is still a German car at heart and German vehicles are known for their comfort.  The wheels are boring 16-inch alloys with pretty good rubber.

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is a great car that can perform for all kinds of stuff. The Jetta makes a great commuter car with its wonderful gas mileage ratings. The low price of the base model makes for a very affordable new car. The Jetta is also very safe so it would make a great choice for the teenage driver.

The Volkswagen Jetta ranges in price from $15,000 all the way to almost $30,000. But you can lease a Jetta for about $160 per month. This is a gret way to get into a new car every few years. Check out a list of the best cars in America.

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