"The diesel works as advertised. Plenty of pick up and great mileage. In fact, I would be hard pressed to not go with a diesel going forward. However, there is a persistent wind noise problem (above 60 mph) that has a recall on it. I have had it in the shop 2 times to address this issue and it is no better. If you do a lot of highway travel as I do and you have blue tooth in the Jetta you purchase be prepared for people to ask you about the background noise. This is more than a mere a nuisance noise...it effects the driving experience on the highway. I'd encourage you to google "2011 jetta wind noise problems" and see what you come up with. No issues at all with the car in town."
"The Jetta gives you the interior space of a Mercedes C class
with the price of a Korean car.
The handling is best in class. The warranty was best in class. The 2.0 liter engine is rated at 114hp, yet you can
stay with traffic with no problem, and you can wind it out
without stressing the engine.
I have exceeded epa gas ratings of 24 and 34 with 28 and
The interior is spacious and comfortable, with the rear
seat folding flat for cargo and a trunk you can put a
couple of bodies in.
Included is a full size spare. No inflation kit or compact
The car is fun to drive, period."
Cons: "Some interior design and durability issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I drive 140 miles every day. In snow, this car attacks the snow. In rain, it avoids hydroplaning. In windy conditions, it holds to its lane with minor impact. I deal with crazy drivers on a daily basis--it gives me quick acceleration when I need it and safe deceleration as well. You simply cannot beat the gas mileage. It designed with German efficiency and a touch of style.
My only regret is that the seats are having a tough time withstanding the crayon, dirty feet, spilled milk launched daily by my 5 year old from the back seat."
Pros: "Sporty yet practical, premium feel for less $$"
Cons: "Missing a few top notch refinements and features"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I recently traded my high performance Volvo S60R for a 2013 VW GLI. I was hesitant because I had become spoiled by the Volvo's amazing power, luxury options and overall attention to clean design detail. I spent countless hours doing research and decided to test drive a few cars, the 2013 GLI being one of them.
I was immediately impressed with the sporty feel of the GLI, the handling and tight road feel were right up my alley, and finding a manual transmission excited me as well. The small details like the red stitching, ergonomically friendly layout of instruments (typical VW) and overall "feel" of the car convinced me to make the purchase. I was surprised by the rear legroom in this car, it is HUGE compared to other cars I looked at. It has more room than the Mercedes E class! I LOVE this car and it is a JOY to drive every day.
The only slight drawbacks are:
* Small Navigation screen (that said, the "heads up" display in the center panel keeps your eyes forward)
* Driver seat adjustments-- lacking lumbar support and the ability to raise or lower the FRONT of the seat itself, I tend to prefer the back of the seat low but the front raised for a more supportive feeling
* Rain sensing wipers: I loved this feature on my 6 year older Volvo-- spoiled I know, but I suppose I will get used to it
* Multi-disc changer: again, spoiled by the Volvo I suppose
Overall, I'd buy this car again in a heartbeat. It is just the right mix of practical and sporty for me."