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2010 Volkswagen Jetta

  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Limited Edition Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $19,395
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $23,455
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $21,650
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $23,240
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen S Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $19,510
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      41
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/236
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $24,615
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
      $18,835
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      41
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/236
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,830
  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/207
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $22,165
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Affordable European styling with American luxury and comfort

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta is an affordable compact car that is available in an array of body/trim configurations: S Sedan, SE Sedan, SEL Sedan, TDI Sedan, Limited Edition Sedan, Wolfsburg Edition Sedan, SportWagen S Wagon, SportWagen SE Wagon, SportWagen TDI Wagon.

All of the S, Limited, and SE trim levels, as well as the SEL Sedan, are powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine coupled to a five-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional. The Wolfsburg Edition sedan is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a standard six-speed manual, while the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) dual-clutch automated manual transmission is optional. Finally, the TDI is propelled by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine mated to the same six-speed manual and DSG transmission choices as the Wolfsburg.

The Jetta offers a great family sedan, while the SportWagen is clearly oriented toward families, boasting plenty of room for passengers and cargo, and towing capabilities as well. All in all, the Jetta delivers versatility at a great price. Fuel economy isn't bad at 23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway, and safety scores are above average.

New for 2010

For the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta, a restyled instrument panel and cabin trim, a new climate control system, and a new radio were installed. Most trims also received a new leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel and standard Bluetooth connectivity.

Essentials

For the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta, a restyled instrument panel and cabin trim, a new climate control system, and a new radio were installed. Most trims also received a new leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel and standard Bluetooth connectivity.

On the Outside

Claiming refreshingly simple styling with a hint of sport, the Volkswagen Jetta is far from boring and even looks "European trendy."

From the Inside

The Volkswagen Jetta interior is distinguished by excellent ergonomics, simplicity, and quality materials.

Driving Performance

Sporty and nimble on the road, the Volkswagen Jetta suffers slightly from a heavy steering feel that is distinctively Teutonic. While the 2.5-liter engine makes for somewhat sluggish transport, the torque of the 2.0-liter TDI trim is exciting. Because the DSG transmission is a bit weaker with the diesel engine than it is with VW's 2.0-liter turbo gas engine, the manual transmission is a better choice.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the Volkswagen Jetta include front, side curtain and side thorax airbags for the driver and front passenger, while side thorax airbags are optional for rear passengers. Also standard are traction and stability control.

Gas Mileage

S, SE, SEL, Limited, SportWagen S, SE: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway (manual); 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway (automatic)
TDI, SportWagen TDI: 30 mpg city/41 mpg highway (manual); 30 mpg city/ 42 mpg (automatic)

Plusses

  • Ample cargo space in the SportWagen
  • Upscale look and feel
  • Comfortable seats and ride

Minuses

  • Noisy sunroof
  • Lack of 17-inch wheels on all trims

Rating

Affordable European styling with American luxury and comfort

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