"Great german value with upmarket looks"4.5 starson by joshlongo
Pros: Extensive standard equipment, clean interior
Cons: engine fuel economy
Summary: The cnet reviewer really missed the boat on this review. How many times can he mention that this car lacks the navagation system that he doesn't like. Honestly auto reviews should concentrate a little more on driving dynamics, the equipment included and car build quality rather than the editors preconceptions, idiosyncrasies and professed passion for a couple mainstream automobiles.
If this reviewer was as informed as he is in love with the Camry and Accord that he gives high marks, he would realize some staggering differences. For around the same price as the tested Jetta, he would be driving the previously mentioned cars in rather basic trim levels that are lacking many of the nice features included with the Jetta. You would lose the six-disc changer, sat radio, leatherette heated seats, moonroof, alloy wheels, semi-automatic climate control, and six-speed automatic to call out a few things. These are quite glaring review omissions that would influence just about any buyer that I know. Instead there are complaints about lacking Bluetooth and navigation, which aren't going to fit within the budget of any $20,000 new car buyer.
I laughed out loud at Mr. Cunningham's trouble operating the climate controls. Really, if you can't operate two simple knobs that are clearly labeled, you aren't gaining much credit from me about being an objective reviewer. If the indicated temperatures of are too confusing, just stick with notion of blue means cold and red means hot. Then to follow that by comparing the engine sounds to a peanut grinder. Honestly, the engine sounds are more on par with other much more expensive German brands than anything else in this price range due to the extra cylinder this engine has next to the competitors.
I would recommend that if you are the market for a new automobile around $20,000 do yourself a service and at least go to your Volkswagen dealer and test drive the Jetta. Don't let this narrow minded, nonobjective reviewer limit your choices.