2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

2011 Jetta SEL w/ Sunroof

Base price (with destination): $23,065
Price as tested: $23,065

Standard Equipment:
2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine
5-speed manual transmission
Electronic stability control
Electronic differential lock
17-inch alloy wheels
Tire pressure monitoring system
Navigation system
Keyless start
Bluetooth connectivity
Sirius satellite radio
Heated front seats
Air conditioning
Cruise control
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Power locks and windows
Power sliding/tilting sunroof

Options on this vehicle:

Key options not on vehicle:
Sport package -- $1600
Sport suspension/seats/pedals and door sills
6-speed automatic transmission -- $1100

Fuel economy:
23/33/26 mpg

Size: 2.5L I-5
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 177 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm


5-speed manual

Curb weight: 3018 lb

Wheels/tires: 17-inch aluminum wheels
225/45HR-17 Continental ContiProContact all-season tires

Competitors: Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla

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As a VW enthusiast I find this new direction completely appaling. Maybe it will work out for them but I suspect not. "Come see the new VW's! Not as awful as you think!"
I drove both the MK5 and MK6 Jettas as loaner cars from my VW dealership. Both were equipped with the auto-trans and 2.5l engine and were similarly equipped. While the MK6 seemed quieter, and didn't have the occasional creaks, groans and odd mechanical noises of the MK5, the MK5 seemed to be the better vehicle overall. But, if you have your heart set on purchasing a new Jetta, go with the manual trans. While the automatic set-up on the MK5 seemed to be something a person could live with, the auto on the MK6 was a total joke. The "manual" and sport shift modes were no different performance-wise than if you left it in "D". I would suggest looking at other vehicles in this class before purchasing a Jetta, especially with the auto-trans. Performance is noisy (grainy) and lack-luster. There are better cars out there in this class. It will be interesting to see if the upcoming GLI version will be improved with the interior, DSG and performance bits borrowed from the GTI.
I still think it is funny that VW decided to make the Jetta more "American" at exactly the same time that everyone else decided to make their small cars more like the old Jetta. In styling, creature comforts, fuel economy, and price, the new Elantra crushes the new Jetta.

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