Pros This car is unique and beautiful from it's sporty looking grill and unique lighting design of the taillights, to the gorgeous dash and roomy interior. Feels like a more expensive car like an Audi or BMW.
Cons I do wish that VW had kept the softer, richer feeling materials for the dash and the larger screen for the Navigation system like in the 2010 Jetta.
Summary I just bought my first Volkswagen Jetta. It is the 2011 SEL, Silver with black leatherette interior. I feel it is a considerable step up from my 2002 Honda Civic. I have always had an interest in owning a Jetta but have a husband who is 6'5 and has always felt cramped in the former models. He complained of them being too narrow feeling, not enough room in the backseat, and his head being too close to the roof while sitting in the drivers seat. Because of this we have always gone with Hondas. With the positive changes Volkswagen has made to the 2011 model, it is now the perfect car for us. Not only is it still in a class of it's own as far as luxury and styling goes, but now it's roomy as well. I love so many of the features the Jetta has to offer that I can't list them all here, but lets just say that the car keeps right on surprising us and is the most fun I've had in a very long time. I personally feel that no other cars in the Jetta's so called "class" can even compare to this car. I am extremely pleased with my purchase!
Pros Great MPG to Power Ratio (2.5L Inline 5cyl), Quiet Cabin, Smooth Ride, Great Handling (Virtually No Body Roll), Price, Convenience Package (Heated Leather Seats, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth) Beautiful Design of the Side & Rear, Great Overall Value.
Cons Redesigned Armrest is Too Low and No Longer is Adjustable, Front Grille, Lack of Rear Heating and Cooling Vents.
Summary Overall, the new 2011 VW Jetta SE w/ Convenience pkg feels like I'm driving a $36,000 + car for only $21,000. It's a very smooth and quiet car and I loved the 2.5L Inline 5cyl from my previous 2008 Jetta. After the computer learned my faster driving style and I added the drop-in K&N filter, it had plenty of power throughout the RPM range for me and I averaged 31-32 MPG with mixed city/hwy driving. It feels like a very safe car for my family. I'm very happy with my decision to stay with the Jetta.
Pros Technology package is great. Bluetooth, navi and satellite radio. Bluetooth even has A2DP connectivity. Tiptronic and sport-mode transmission give this car some "get up and go"! Great gas mileage.
Cons Manual seats and low center console armrest.
Summary My daughter got her driver's license a couple of months ago so I had to make a decision to purchase her a cheap car or hand her down my 2004 Maxima with 187k miles. I commute 110 miles a day so I decided to give her the Maxima and purchase the Jetta. Prior to purchasing the Jetta, I had never driven or even ridden in a Volkswagen. One night, my wife and I saw a commercial for the Jetta, which featured the Intelligent Crash Response features, and she commented that I should check the Jetta. I test drove an SEL (w/o the Sport Package) in Houston and instantly fell in love with the car. The ride is solid and the car is very well-equipped. My 2004 Maxima had all the bells and whistles available at the time and the Jetta has features that the Maxima didn't have (e.g. Bluetooth, navi and turn indicators on the mirrors, to name a few). I've read several reviews from previous Jetta owners who complain about the quality of the interior materials, however, I think that the interior is on par with both my Maxima and 2009 Honda Odyssey. The leatherette seats have the look and feel of real leather and are well designed. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and e-brake both add a distinctive look to the cockpit. The heated seats (even in Texas) are a nice touch.
I ended up flying to McKinney, Texas on the same day I test drove the SEL in Houston to purchase my Silver Jetta SEL with the Sport Package and I have absolutely no regrets. Everyone who has seen my Jetta has commented on how sharp the car looks, even commenting that it looks like an Audi A4 from the rear. IMHO, you can't go wrong this car.
Pros Plenty of torque. Better if mec. version. Very roomy. Does not miss the previous rear suspension.
Cons City fuel consumption. Hwy consumption is great up to 55 kms per gal.
Summary Great car.
Pros Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, Front & Rear cabin legroom, Cabin Design, Trunk Capacity, ride, fuel efficiency
Cons No ESR off switch in the SE
Summary I bought my '11 Jetta SE as part of the Certified Pre-Owned program, so take that for what you will. I've driven a '98 Jetta GT for the past 13 yrs and loved it. When I lost it in a recent crash (Ins Co totaled it), I went for another Jetta without hesitation. After some searching, I found a low-mileage SE and fell in love with it almost immediately.
I personally don't understand a lot of the complaints about the Jetta I've read in other reviews. If you want to be encapsulated (read: Isolated) from your driving environment, go buy something $10k more expensive; People complaining that the dashboard is now "hard plastic"--are you fondling your dash while you drive? People complain about the engine note, too. I honestly don't see what they're going on about. The 2.5L 5-cyl does sound *different* than the 2.0L 4-cyl I had previous, but not unpleasant. Lastly there's a lot of commentary out there about the styling being horrible, boring, nondescript, etc: Point out something in the same price range whose styling "stands out from the crowd." A lot of cars' styling looks somewhat similar right now: if you really want your vehicle to stand out, for whatever reason, the Midized Sedan market probably isn't the right place to be shopping.
I'm very happy with the items included in the Convenience Package on the SE I bought. I wouldn't have bothered with Bluetooth, but it's really nice to have, as well as iPod connectivity. Volkswagen's "lower end" models (Golf & Jetta) have historically stayed mostly within the reasonably-priced everyday-people-carrier category. When they recently started adding more features/performance to these --and the accompanying price crept up-- some consumers started crying foul. Bottom line: You get what you pay for. Problem is, a majority of people now expect to get a $25k car for $19k.