The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is spacious and more cheap than ever. But there's also not a whole lot to help this sedan stand out against other more dynamic rivals. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel offers the following pros: Roomy dashboard and trunk; well-equipped; smart controls interface; economical diesel model. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel drawbacks are: Lackluster dashboard materials; sluggish throttle with automatic; numb steering; wheezy base motor.
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is a midsize sedan available in Base, S, SE, SEL and TDI versions. The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is reviewed separately, as is the performance-oriented GLI, which is a Volkswagen Jetta fitted with the Gti's sporty hardware.
The Volkswagen Jetta Base is a stripped-down model that comes with 15-inch metal wheels, performance locks and windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front seatings, cloth upholstery and a 60/40 split-folding back bench. The S adds keyless entry, air-conditioning, power/heated mirrors and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and optional stereo slot. Opting for an S model with a sunroof also gains a front center control panel and cruise control.
The Volkswagen Jetta SE gets a more comprehensive motor, 16-inch metal wheels, cruise control, a front center armrest and cargo compartment, a rear-seat center armrest, a cargo pass-through and luxury vinyl upholstery. The SE Comfort suite adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated windshield washer nozzles, heated front seatings, a leather-wrapped helm, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with radio and an Ipod interface. A sunroof can be added to the Comfort suite and with it comes a luxury six-speaker audio system with a touchscreen interface, SD memory card reader and a Six-cd changer.
The SEL contains all the Se's auxillary equipment (other than the sunroof, which is a stand-alone option), plus 17-inch alloy wheels, back disc brakes, foglamps, chrome look trim, keyless ignition/entry, manual front bench lumbar adjustment, a trip computer and a navigator.
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI with its turbodiesel motor is equipped similarly to an SE with the Comfort and Sunroof packages. It gets the Sel's back disc brakes and trip computer as well. When equipped with the auxillary navigator, the TDI also gets foglamps, look chrome trim, keyless ignition/entry, manual front bench lumbar adjustment and the touchscreen navigation/stereo interface. .
A new high-efficiency motor re-establishes the 2012 Mazda 3 as a class favorite. Mazda MAZDA3 Hatchback offers the following pros: Precise handling; high fuel efficiency with auxillary 2. 0-liter engine; stylish, well-equipped interior; cool list of luxury options; extra utility of 4-door hatchback. Mazda MAZDA3 Hatchback drawbacks are: Ride might be too firm for some; cab and cargo not as big as those of rivals.
The 2012 Mazda 3 is available in 4-door sedan and hatchback body styles. Both are available in Mazda 3i and Mazda 3s trims that are further broken into subtrims. The high-performance Mazdaspeed Mazda 3 is reviewed separately.
The Mazda 3i SV and Sport trims are available only on the sedan. The SV comes sparsely equipped with 16-inch metal wheels, performance mirrors, performance windows, a height-adjustable driver bench, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding back bench and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player, optional stereo slot and helm controls. The Sport adds air-conditioning, performance locks, keyless entry and an outside temperature screen.
The rest of the Mazda 3 trims are available on both the sedan and hatchback. The Mazda 3i Touring adds to the Sport equipment the Skyactiv-g motor, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a leather-wrapped helm and shifter, a rear-seat center armrest, a trip computer, Bluetooth (phone and stereo streaming) and a six-speaker audio system. The Touring can be had with a suite that contains a sunroof and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo system. Those items are traditional on the Mazda 3i Grand Touring, which also gets heated mirrors, an eight-way performance driver bench, heated front seatings, leather upholstery, a sliding front center armrest, a color trip computer and a compact navigator.
The Mazda 3s Touring adds on a more comprehensive four-cylinder motor, 17-inch alloy wheels, updated brakes, foglamps, LED taillights, a deck lid spoiler (sedan), keyless ignition/entry, sport seatings and dual-zone automatic climate control. However, it reverts rear to a manual driver bench and cloth upholstery, while the sunroof and navigator are features. The Mazda 3s Grand Touring contains those items.
The Tech suite available on both Mazda 3i and Mazda 3s Grand Touring trims adds a blind-spot warning system, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, automatic wipers and radio (optional separately on all trims).
An Ipod interface and a Six-cd changer are available as dealer-installed accessories on all Mazda 3 versions. .