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2010 Volkswagen Jetta

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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A cut above the generic four-door sedan, the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta borrows mechanical components from the upscale Audi division, provides an exceptionally strong safety rating and a list of standard and optional equipment rarely found in this class. With slightly less rear-seat legroom than the more expensive Passat, the Jetta still provides the kind of "big car" feel you won't find in many of its competitors. On the downside, the Jetta does not offer a V6 engine – although the sporty Wolfsburg model's turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant delivers the power of a V6 with the fuel economy of a frugal four. The really big news, however, is the availability of a 50-state compliant TDI clean diesel engine, which can achieve upwards of 42 miles per gallon in highway driving.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sedan with European ride and handling capabilities, the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta offers German engineering at an attractive price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for that "old-school" VW look and feel, the fifth-generation Jetta's styling doesn't convey the same sense of youthful enthusiasm as its predecessors. Although improving, VW's reliability and repair history still lag behind its Japanese competitors.

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Jetta receives a revised interior, including a new instrument cluster, air conditioning control panel and steering wheel. SE, SEL and TDI trims all acquire standard Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and premium audio upgrade. The sporty GLI has been discontinued.

Driving the Jetta
Driving Impressions

The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta provides good handling, a competent and quiet ride and some of the best seats for long distance driving we've experienced. While the 2.5-liter five cylinder doesn't...

... make the Jetta the fastest car in its class, it's now fast enough to nose its way past the pack when it has to. The five-cylinder is bit buzzy at times, and its flat torque curve does little to inspire daring passing maneuvers. At highway speeds the Jetta remains composed and stable, but if your favorite leg of any journey is the twisty one, the Jetta delivers ample cornering ability complemented by quick, smooth manual Tiptronic downshifts and a satisfying exhaust note. If you can swing the extra cash, go for the Wolfsburg Edition. It offers the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine used in the GTI, giving great performance and, depending on your transmission choice, identical or better fuel economy as the non-turbo 2.5.

Six-Speed Tiptronic Transmission
The newest VW transmission shifts quickly and smoothly in three distinct shift modes – regular and sport automatic modes, plus a manual mode.

Rear Seat Side-Impact Airbags
When combined with the standard side-curtain airbags, this option adds another level of security for rear-seat passengers.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Details
2010 Volkswagen Jetta photo Interior

While rear-seat passengers won't sit with their knees at their chins (a position well known to passengers of previous Jetta models), there is still not as much rear seat leg room as found in the similarly priced Mazda MAZDA6. To be fair, the Jetta competes with the likes of the Honda Civic and Mazda MAZDA3, which offer roughly the same interior dimensions. Fit and finish is first rate, as are overall ergonomics. A height-adjustable passenger seat with manual lumbar support, a rarity on so many vehicles, is standard on the Jetta, as are heated front seats. Volkswagen's familiar red and blue dash lighting still delights the eye, and at night every switch, knob or button seen during the day is backlit for your convenience. The 60/40 rear seats can be folded flat and, on SE, SEL and TDI trims, include a center armrest trunk pass through. Other cool features unique to the Jetta are power windows with pinch protection that can be raised or lowered when the key is turned and held in the door lock.

Exterior
2010 Volkswagen Jetta photo

Ironically, the newest version of the best-selling European car in the U.S. features several styling elements seemingly imported from Japan, and oddly fails to receive the sleek new front end provided to the Jetta Sport Wagon and Golf. This model marks the largest Jetta to date, touting seven additional inches over the last generation. It also ranks high in content, offering such useful cold weather features as heated side mirrors and washer nozzles. Whether you find the less-playful styling more appealing may depend on whether you think of the Jetta as a fun beach cruiser or a high-value German sedan.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta comes with an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, manual climate control, outside temperature display, heated front seats and washer nozzles, four-way adjustable steering column and eight-way adjustable cloth front seats with manual lumbar support and power recline (driver's seat only). Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), active head restraints and front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Optional equipment on the Jetta varies by trim and includes leather or V-Tex leatherette seating, power-adjustable driver's and passenger's seats, in-dash AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer, iPod interface, rear seat side-impact airbags, a 115-volt outlet (SEL and TDI) and a trip computer. Additional options include a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission (standard on SEL), six-speed DSG automatic (TDI and Wolfsburg), power sunroof, premium sound system, navigation, alloy wheels, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and 12-way adjustable front seats with driver's memory.

Under the Hood

Volkswagen offers three engine choices for the Jetta: a 2.5-liter in-line five cylinder, a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. The recently-improved 2.5-liter is good for 170 horsepower, which is on par with most of the cars in its class. The long throws and sloppy feel of the standard five-speed manual transmission, however, is a bit of a disappointment, especially coming from a company known for its enthusiast-oriented cars. Best stick with the Tiptronic automatic with this engine. Also available is the new 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel, which offers less horsepower but an amazing 236 pound-feet of torque, the power you need for rapid acceleration. The TDI diesel and turbocharged Wolfsburg Edition trims also gets a vastly better six-speed manual gear box or the option of the wonderfully quick DSG auto manual transmission.

2.5-liter in-line 5
170 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
177 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 23/30 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4, turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)

2.0-liter in-line 4 diesel, turbocharged
140 horsepower @ 4000 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1750-2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/41 (manual), 30/42 (automatic)

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1045 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

love my VW!

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,859

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "gas mileage,roomy, quality interior,easy maintain"

Cons: "low,lightweight,non power lights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved my jetta diesel tdi sport wagon. It has plenty of room to cart around all kinds of stuff for my job as an interior designer or for long trips. It gets great gas mileage, I fill up less than once a week, much better than the lexus 350 I owned. It is easy to park in urban situations. I love the fit and finish of the interior, it looks and feels like a much more expensive european car (I have the tan leatherette trim-easy to clean, holds up better than leather, and the panoramic sunroof is amazing, and I love the heated seats) yet it does not cost an arm and a leg to service it. That is one of he reasons I chose it over a bmw, audi, or volvo. I also chose it for the excellent gas mileage (close second was Prius villager but I didn't think prius interior was as nice). Drawbacks-well we all know there have been recalls over the false emissions claims so now I am deciding whether to let vw buy back my vehicle or to take the payout. I love the car and would be happy to stay in it so that is how I'm leaning. Other drawbacks: HP is not that great for passing on hwy; the car is light and low so driving amidst 18 wheelers on I-95 was daunting, but I rarely do that; Pet peeve: headlights must be turned on and off manually-I have too often forgotten and left my lights on only to find a dead battery in the morning-come on VW you can do better than that! Lastly, I was used to higher sitting SUVs so that took some time to get used to-I do wish it sat a little higher, so would consider the Tiguan next time, though it does not come in diesel model so mileage not as good. Overall this has been my favorite car ever (owned VW rabbit convertible ,jetta sedan,bmw 3 and 5 series,honda odyssey, land rover discovery,cadillac srx, lexus 350- loved this car too except for gas mileage) Overall I highly recommend this car"

I LOVE MY JETTA AKA BLACKBERRY : )

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "The steering wheel gets super cold in the winter."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car since 2009. I keep up with the maintenance and I have never had an issue. The only thing that worries me a bit is that the sunroof at times (not often) has a mind of its own and it opens by itself. It is rare when it happens but it does happen maybe twice a year. A great thing about this car is that it has a nice size trunk and it is reliable. Love my Jetta!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

best vehicle ever

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"best car run for ever without problems I do have 3 2006 with 230000 miles,2009 with 104.000 and a sport wagon with 41000 happy with all them..!!!!!!"

Hit and miss reliability

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Will burn rubber and do 140mph all day, every day"

Cons: "Expensive and frequent repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I previously owned a 2007 Jetta 2.5L that I absolutely loved and it was the most reliable car I ever had for the 5 years I owned it, I was blown away. So naturally I assumed a 2010 with just a tad higher miles would be of similar quality, and it may very well have been...at one time. Unfortunately for me, the previous owner seems to have neglected the regular maintenance, because the car has been in and out of the shop like clockwork, and I dread the next repair, it makes me increasingly nervous the more I drive it because I know something very expensive is going to fail any day now based on my experiences in my 4,000 miles of ownership thus far. Don't get me wrong, it DEFINITELY has it's qualities, the turbocharged engine is a beast when driven hard, the car will haul serious you know what when pushed, and rides like a dream at high speeds. The car is rated 200hp, but feels like a lot more when boost spools up(this engine has been dyno tested to make about 220hp from the factory), and with the awesome DSG transmission, it's a blast to drive fast. It's a good looking car, and I love the touchscreen radio and the dash and gauges look great compared to some other cars in it's class. And the side mirror LED signals are a great touch that no other compact car had in 2010 and still look handsome. Insurance is actually cheaper than a base model Mazda3 and Nissan Altima so that's another plus. And it's so, so, so much more fun to drive than a Civic or Corolla(I've tested multiple Japanese competitors). It's a well built and well designed car, it's just expensive to operate and maintain(requires top tier premium fuel, synthetic oil, strictly German OEM parts), and I think too many people neglect maintenance because of this, which only leads to even more expensive repairs and a bad reputation. Bottom line, don't be afraid to buy a Jetta, but MAKE SURE IT'S BEEN MAINTAINED by previous owner(s) and taken care of, or you'll be mortgaging your home to fix it. And learn from my mistake, and aim for one that's still under warranty of some kind."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great car for new driver!

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, reliable, comfortable, easy to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Our gray, very reliable VW Jetta- looking for a new home!

"Great car that's been driven very little over three years. Comfortable and extremely reliable, excellent road car. We love this car and hope someone else will too!!"

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Our gray, very reliable VW Jetta- looking for a new home!

Gets 26 MPG around town

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Has more than enough exceleration."

Cons: "The horn does not sound like the old classic VWs'"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Enjoy the heated seats especially when my back is sore on cold winters mornings. Turning on the AC will defog all the side windows during cold rainy days, neat."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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