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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by GnosticGnome

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Reviewed: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta

4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta?

Exterior styling

The style is unique without being dated or odd. The body lines are straightforward, with the lighting being modern and functional without excessive styling cues. Platinum grey color looks good and seems to help the lines of the design flow together.

Controls and instruments

Typical german automobile - Functional and ergonomic. Everything is positioned to be easily accessible and simple to operate. Steering wheel controls have multiple functions keyed to operational mode of sound system.

Audio & nav systems

Audio system controls Bluetooth hands-free, AM/FM/HD and Sat radio as well as SD Card and Media Device inputs. System works well and sound quality is rather better than expected.

Powertrain performance

2.5L engine and 6-speed Tip-tronic transmission work well together. Engine has broad power band, which allows the transmission to deliver reasonable pickup in normal mode, and quite a lot of fun in "Sport" mode. Normal driving provides good fuel e

Cargo capacity

Trunk is basically a small cave. I am constantly impressed at the amount of space available for luggage/boxes. I personally would not tow with this vehicle. The Jetta's personality just seems to reward a more relaxed and opportunistic driving style.

Why Not the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta?

Interior styling

While nicely styled, the interior just seems a bit too conformist. Everything looks too cookie-cutter plain, just as with every other vehicle in it's class. The interior needs something uniquely "Vee-Dub-ish" to make you feel at home with the

Materials & workmanship

And again, we are right back to cookie cutter bland. Blank out the steering wheel logo and you could be sitting in any small sedan. The world is now made of plastic and vinyl, I guess.

Controls and instruments

Is this the only car on the road that doesn't have a Fuel Economy display? Also, the fuel gauge is less than optimal, and the information center display could be one hell of a lot more informative. This is by far my biggest complaint with this vehicle

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