2010 Volkswagen Jetta

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta
2010 Volkswagen Jetta
The 2010 VW Jetta offers a great value and rather high amount of performance in this small sedan. The Jetta has been a popular VW seller for many years and it brings many of the best features from the Golf to a new body style. Starting at only $15,995 the VW Jetta is highly affordable and offers a lot of car for the money. The sport tuned Jetta package from the past has now been dropped, but there is a TDI trim level that brings a surprisingly strong small diesel to the Jetta. The Jetta is a small car, but there is an amazing amount of room both in the cabin and the trunk of the Jetta. This car is surprisingly comfortable and well equipped for long drives.

The sporty design of the Jetta make it very popular with young adults and anybody looking for a very solid 4 door car offering a nice ride at a very nice price. The Jetta offers a nice mileage economy that ranges from 31 – 42 mpg depending on which model and transmission you choose.
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Volkswagen is recalling certain 2009-2012 VW Jetta, Golf, Jetta Sportwagen, and Audi A3 diesels for issues with fuel lines that could result in a fire.
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As the leaves start to change colors, students head back to school, and the days get cooler, our thoughts naturally turn to tailgating. You can almost smell the exhaust, burning brats, and cheap beer already. Start icing down the cooler, pack the grill, and dig out your favorite university apparel. We'll handle the transportation.
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If you're in the market for a Jetta TDI sedan and like to drive, this is your car. The firmer GLI suspension, larger brakes, and upgraded antiroll bars go a long way towards making the Jetta sedan exciting to drive. Of course those upgrades do nothing to address the modest horsepower of a TDI engine, but we're especially sensitive to the TDI's horsepower output because we've been driving the superb VW GTI for a few months. Anyone considering a TDI vehicle understands the lack of hp is more than made up for by the car's incredible 41 mpg highway rating and insanely long cruising range.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition Front Three Quarters View
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a very good car in base trim, so I was surprised at just how much better the TDI Cup Edition is. The buttoned-down suspension transforms this Jetta from a staid commuter to an engaging companion. Even better, the improved handling comes at virtually no cost to the ride quality. This is still a very comfortable for daily driving. It makes me think that the GLI suspension should be standard on the Jetta TDI, just like the Golf TDI gets the GTI suspension as standard equipment. In fact, the TDI Cup Edition seems to be the perfect response to the few complaints we had about our Four Seasons Jetta TDI.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition Rear Three Quarters View
Like Eric and Phil, I was pleasantly surprised by the Jetta TDI Cup Edition's sportier-yet-just-as-comfortable chassis. I'm not big on the body kit's styling tweaks, though, which are a bit too tuner-y for me, but thankfully and as Eric pointed out many of them are optional. My ideal Jetta TDI would feature this car's sport suspension, plaid seats and aluminum pedals, and eighteen-inch "Charleston" wheels but forgo the side graphics and the aero modifications, except for the trunk-lid spoiler.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition Front Three Quarters Top View
Decals aside, the differences between the standard Jetta TDI and this Cup Sport edition aren't all that dramatic -- and that's a good thing. After four seasons with a TDI, we all thought it was comfortable, wonderfully efficient, and even rather entertaining to drive. The Cup Sport edition amps up the fun-to-drive quotient just a bit without detracting from all those other benefits. Even with the firmer damping and larger, low-profile tires, it does a great job absorbing road imperfections. The reduction in sidewalls has also improved the precision of the steering, which was quite good to begin with. As others have noted, the manual transmission can take some getting used to, and, yes, I stalled it. Once you're going however, the smooth, precise gearbox and light clutch encourage just the sort of frequent shifting one needs to keep the diesel within its narrow sweet spot.
- David Zenlea
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition Wheel
I love both the Jetta TDI and the GTI, so shouldn't I love the Jetta Street Cup, a car that combines the thrift of the diesel and the suspension tuning of the hot hatch? On paper, the equation suggested so, but in reality, I wasn't completely blown away by the package.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition Front Three Quarters View
Racing any diesel -- whether it's a family sedan or a semi-tractor -- strikes me as the height of silliness. This tiny turbo-diesel engine doesn't rev up and the usual mountain of torque doesn't fully compensate for the stunted power curve. That's not to say this Jetta TDI is without virtue. Its ability to haul five comfortably while delivering mid-30s mpg qualifies it as the family sedan of the future. Towards that end, I'd recommend the TDI engine mated to an automatic transmission. That solves the frequent stumble and flame out when the clutch is abruptly engaged after a stop sign, plus the slushbox adds one mpg to the highway mpg rating.
- Don Sherman
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition Rear Three Quarters View
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition
2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition Front Three Quarters Top View
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Driving a TDI Volkswagen is always refreshing. Despite the fact that the suspension is more about comfort than sport and the powertrain is optimized for fuel economy instead of performance, an enthusiast will walk away relatively happy. Complaints about the soft brake pedal and less-than-perfect steering are minor when you consider the cargo capacity and fuel economy benefits of a wagon like this.
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Driving around in this Volkswagen, I'm having a difficult time understanding why anyone would buy an Audi A3 TDI. The "premium" A3 TDI has a base price of $30,425 -- $4315 more than this loaded Jetta's base price, including the DSG. On top of that, the VW's extremely posh interior, updated to match that of the new Golf, has a leg up on the A3 and just about every other car in this price segment.
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In the wrap story on our Four Seasons Jetta TDI sedan, we noted that several editors wished our car had been equipped with the dual-clutch automatic transmission rather than the manual. After driving this wagon with the DSG dual-clutch, I'm not convinced that the manual is such a bad choice. Don't get me wrong. I love DSG when it's mated to the turbocharged gas engine of the GTI. But the transmission doesn't seem nearly as refined when paired with the diesel.
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I wish we could keep this car for a little while longer -- I made the journey to Chicago and back for last year's auto show in our Four Seasons Jetta TDI, and I wish I could do the same next week in this example.
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I was happy to see this TDI SportWagen on our car board just as I was starting to miss our recently departed Four Seasons Jetta TDI sedan. VW's four-cylinder turbo-diesel is always a pleasure. It's extremely linear, provides good acceleration, and is remarkably economical. And as Phil mentioned, when it's linked to VW's quick-shifting DSG automatic, power is always at the ready. There's no need to frantically downshift before punching the throttle -- the DSG transmission does it for you and completes it far faster and more smoothly than most humans could pull it off.
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It's always nice to get mid-30s on the real-world mpg scale for a price in the mid-$20Ks, but it's especially enticing in a vehicle with the usable around-town torque, the 500-mile-plus highway range, and the expansive space of the Jetta SportWagen TDI. I averaged an indicated 33.6 mpg over 250 mixed, winter weekend miles in this wagon, but during our recently completed year with a stick-shift Jetta TDI sedan, we averaged an even-more-impressive 37 mpg. This particular test vehicle is $27,950 (almost $5000 more than our long-term four-door), which is a pretty good deal considering that it's a spacious station wagon with touch-screen navigation and an $1100 dual-clutch automatic.
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My main takeaway here, after briefly driving the Jetta SportWagen, is that I am reminded once again that the Germans are making some brilliant diesel engines these days. I wish that more Americans had an opportunity to drive vehicles from Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz that are equipped with these new generations of so-called "clean" diesels. Sure, diesel powertrains are more expensive to produce than conventional gasoline engines, and manufacturers obviously have to pass along those extra costs to buyers, but the fuel economy benefits are pretty amazing. The Jetta makes a superb highway commuter and is an ideal car for someone who has a long daily drive to work. The engine itself is extremely quiet; you hear just a faint diesel clatter upon start-up, but once you're under way, you'll be hard pressed to even remember you're driving a diesel. Modern diesel engines are amazingly refined, so if you haven't experienced them, don't be afraid to take a test-drive. You'll be surprised.
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Having lived with a Jetta TDI sedan in our Four Seasons fleet for a year, I pretty much knew what to expect when I signed out the Jetta TDI wagon for the weekend. Like the sedan, the Jetta wagon isn't flashy in either its styling or its performance. Instead, where it impresses is with its everyday usability. You hardly notice the diesel powerplant when you go about your daily chores - except that you may notice that you don't need to stop at the gas station as often as you're used to. The Jetta TDI isn't exciting to drive, but it is user-friendly and predictable in its behavior. The added bonus of the wagon version is its cargo capacity. With the second seat folded it holds an impressive 66 cubic feet of cargo, and even with the second seat in place, rear cargo capacity is double that of the sedan (32 cubic feet). For that reason alone, I'd opt for the TDI wagon over the sedan were I considering a Jetta.
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
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Remember that sweet Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition concept shown at last year's SEMA show? Volkswagen announced that it -- minus the gigantic graphics on the sides of the car -- will actually reach production.

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Specifications

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Engine
2.5L I5Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
170 hp @ 5700rpm
Torque:
177 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2008 AND AUGUST 2009. THE WIRING HARNESS OF A TEMPERATURE SENSOR IN THE DIRECT SHIFT GEARBOX (DSG) MAY HAVE CONNECTOR WIRES THAT WERE INSUFFICIENTLY CRIMPED. WITH INSUFFICIENTLY CRIMPED CONNECTOR WIRES, A TEMPERATURE SENSOR HAS THE POTENTIAL TO FALSELY DETECT A HIGH GEARBOX OIL TEMPERATURE, CAUSING THE TRANSMISSION TO ABRUPTLY SHIFT TO NEUTRAL. IF THIS HAPPENS, THE SELECTOR LEVER POSITION INDICATOR WITHIN THE INSTRUMENT PANEL WILL FLASH. IN ADDITION, THE "DEPRESS BRAKE PEDAL" INDICATOR LIGHT WILL BE ILLUMINATED, ALERTING THE DRIVER TO APPLY THE BRAKES.
Consequences
THE ABRUPT SHIFT TO NEUTRAL COULD LEAD TO A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Remedy
VOLKSWAGEN WILL REPROGRAM THE TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULE WITH UPDATED SOFTWARE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 20, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
16,000
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:01
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2010 JETTA, NEW BEETLE, NEW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE, MODEL YEAR 2009 JETTA SPORTWAGEN AND MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 RABBIT VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.5L ENGINES. THE JETTA, JETTA SPORTWAGEN, AND RABBIT VEHICLES MAY HAVE A SMALL PLASTIC TAB LOCATED ON THE WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID RESERVOIR THAT MAY CHAFE AGAINST AN UNDERHOOD FUEL SUPPLY LINE. THE NEW BEETLE AND THE NEW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A FASTENING CLAMP ON A HYDRAULIC HOSE OF THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM THAT MAY BE LOCATED IN AN IMPROPER POSITION WHICH COULD CAUSE CHAFING AGAINST AN UNDERHOOD FUEL SUPPLY LINE.
Consequences
IF CHAFING OCCURS, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A FUEL LEAK TO DEVELOP. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND IF NECESSARY REPLACE THE UNDERHOOD FUEL LINE. ADDITIONALLY, DEPENDING ON THE VEHICLE MODEL, DEALERS WILL EITHER REMOVE THE PLASTIC TAB FROM THE WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID RESERVOIR, OR INSPECT THE POSITION OF THE FASTENING CLAMP AND ADJUST THE RELATED FASTENING CLAMP INTO THE CORRECT POSITION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 31, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
228,236
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:11
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL
Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL 2009-2012 JETTA AND JETTA SPORTWAGEN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2008 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 AUDI A3 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH A 2.0L TDI COMMON RAIL DIESEL ENGINE/CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE. THE FUEL INJECTION PULSES COULD COINCIDE WITH THE NATURAL FREQUENCY OF THE INJECTOR LINE #2, IN SPECIFIC LOAD AND RPM CONDITIONS. THIS RESONANCE CREATES ADDITIONAL STRESS IN THE FUEL LINE.
Consequences
DUE TO THE RESONANCE CONDITION, INJECTOR LINE NUMBER 2 COULD DEVELOP SMALL CRACKS WHICH COULD LEAD TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.
Remedy
VOLKSWAGEN WILL INSTALL AN IMPROVED FUEL INJECTOR LINE FOR THE NUMBER 2 CYLINDER ON CERTAIN VEHICLES AND WILL INSTALL VIBRATION DAMPERS ON ALL OF THE INJECTOR LINES. VOLKSWAGEN AND AUDI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS TO HAVE THE VEHICLES REPAIRED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
168,275
Notes
VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R

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