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. .
The 2011 Toyota Corolla compact sedan rides well and should be robust, but is otherwise unremarkable in a segment full of more desirable choices. Toyota Corolla Sedan offers the following pros: Convenient ride; easy controls; good fuel efficiency; quiet cab. Toyota Corolla Sedan drawbacks are: Disconnected driving experience; unimpressive cab quality; common luxury features are unavailable.
The 2011 Toyota Corolla is a five-passenger compact sedan available in base, LE and S versions.
Traditional equipment contains 15-inch metal wheels, performance mirrors, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, a height-adjustable driver bench, a 60/40-split-folding back bench and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and an optional stereo slot.
The LE adds keyless entry, performance locks, performance windows (optional on base), variable intermittent wipers, cruise control and six speakers. The S adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport-look body kit, a back spoiler, updated cloth upholstery, steering-wheel stereo controls and an updated trip computer.
Auxillary on the LE and S is a sunroof that contains an overhead control panel with map lamps and a sunglasses holder. Also available is an updated six-speaker audio system with radio, an Ipod/usb stereo interface and Bluetooth phone and stereo player connectivity. The Luxury suite available on the LE contains 16-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, the sunroof and the updated stereo system. .