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A LOT OF BANG FOR THE BUCK!!

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 6/13/2016 Andrew Collins

Having owned nothing but Toyotas for the past 5 years, I was skeptical about switching auto manufacturers (if it's not broke, why fix it?). But I can honestly say that for the price, I cannot imagine a better car. The 1.4 TSI gets GREAT gas mileage and has way more punch to it than it's competitors. I was downsizing from a 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum because I had to start commuting further to work and needed better MPGs plus the $675/month car payment was killing me. I went from getting an average of 21 MPGs to getting 36 MPGs and the payment was more than cut in half. Having said all of that, I should be up front and disclose that I went from having the mack-daddy of vehicles to having a VERY basic car. But for $16,300, I got a HUGE bang for my buck. The technology package features Apple Airplay as well as another feature for Android users that allows the driver to use the USB port to mirror certain phone apps with the vehicle's radio display. So if you don't have pockets deep enough to shuck out the extra bucks for navigation, you can now use your iPhone map app on the display in your car. It's extremely helpful and charges the phone while it's plugged in as well. The 1.4 liter turbo-charger will be plenty of pickup for the size of the car. In fact, I'm not sure why they continued the 1.8 TSI this year because the difference between the two is negigible, in my opinion. The 1.4 gets better gas mileage than its big brothers as well. I wasn't impressed with the acceleration of the Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics, to the point that I almost thought they were a safety hazard, a huge selling point for the Jetta. The Jetta has the same old boring, German dash that it and the Passat have had for years. There's nothing spectactular about it. If you have never owned a VW before, it'll take some getting used to and unfortunately the owner's manual isn't much help. But the layout is very basic, something that I really like about the vehicle. I hated how the Civic was laid out with its radio controls slanted towards the driver and the Corollas features were forgettable. The Jetta also has a larger trunk than its competitors, something that's very desirable if you have to haul things once in a while. All in all, I've been very pleased with this car. The higher-end versions are even more impressive, if you've got the pocketbook for them. But for something basic, I can't tell that it gets much better than this.

Average Rating : 4

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