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. .
It may cost more than comparatively equipped competitors, but the 2012 Volkswagen Golf sweats the details and offers a level of refinement that few can possibly match. Volkswagen Golf Diesel offers the following pros: Impressive cab materials and construction; economical diesel engine; roomy hatchback body style; refined driving dynamics. Volkswagen Golf Diesel drawbacks are: Unrefined and inefficient gasoline engine; higher price tag than many competitors.
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a five-passenger hatchback available in two- and 4-door body styles. Every is broken into 2. 5L and TDI versions, which correspond to motor choice. The high-performance GTI is discussed in a separate review.
Traditional equipment on the base 2. 5L Volkswagen Golf contains 15-inch metal wheels, foglights, full performance accessories, keyless entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping helm, a height-adjustable driver bench, front bench adjustable lumbar, cloth upholstery, a compass, a trip computer and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and an optional stereo slot. The Comfort suite adds heated front seatings, a front center armrest and Bluetooth. The Comfort & Sunroof suite adds those aforementioned items plus a sunroof, a Six-cd changer, radio, an Ipod/usb stereo interface and a touchscreen stereo interface.
The Volkswagen Golf TDI contains all of the above equipment as traditional, minus the sunroof. Also included are 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a lower ride height, heated windshield washer nozzles, floor mats and a multifunction leather-wrapped helm. The Sunroof & Navigation suite adds the sunroof and a navigator, but subtracts the compass and optional stereo slot. The Tech suite contains the Sunroof & Navigation items, plus bi-xenon headlights and a luxury Dynaudio audio system. .