I think the base-level Jetta is fabulous. There is a great, German Teutonic feel to it that our top-of-the-line SEL test car shares. However, unlike the SEL, it wears a sub-$16 grand price tag. While the driving dynamics carry over from the fun and peppy previous generation, I echo Joe’s comments on the too-sober black, black, black interior that is not up to par with the outgoing Jetta’s. In a $16,000 car? Fine. In a $23,000 car? Not so much. Especially not with competition as tough as the new Elantra, Cruze, Focus, et al.
Donny Nordlicht, Associate Web Editor