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This is one of those rare times when writing an initial drive report for a brand new model is actually tough. It really shouldn’t be, because the formula is usually pretty consistent: Manufacturer A unleashes the all-new, next-generation version of its best-selling XYZ model, and almost always it is a genuine improvement over the outgoing model. But not so much this time. With the all-new sixth-generation Jetta, Volkswagen of America is attempting to realign its most popular model to make it more attractive to a broader range of buyers. While we applaud the effort to bring more buyers into the VW family, we fear the company may have lost the script that has consistently made the Jetta the most popular European nameplate in this market...

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Great write-up Jamie, as always. For me, the all-new Jetta doesn't truly exist until next May when the GLI arrives. I'm anxious to see what VW has up its sleeves, especially in the interior-upgrade department.

I'm hoping VW sells boatloads of these things in the meantime, because then it starts to make a business case for bringing over an R version down the road. A 265hp AWD (possibly) Jetta sounds awfully entertaining!
 

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Nice mini-review

The all black interior looks so drab, dull and funnerary... :thumbdown:




This is MUCH better


The 2010 special edition Jetta
http://www.elsiguientepaso.mx/






















 

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Sounds like they just need to de-decontent the interior. Still think the SEL-1,2,3 and TDI-2 should be "Euro-Spec" given their prices. Regarding the Mexican Special Edition isn't it kind of silly to throw an RNS-510 navigation in there yet keep the craptastic Polo instrument cluster and lack of full steering wheel controls. El Cheapo.
 

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I'm guessing it pained Jamie to write that review, being how we all love VWs and all. It's apparent that the Jetta is now a mainstream car, no longer for enthusiasts. We'll see about the GLI, it's probably a good thing I got my 2010 JSW since who knows how long it will before VW touches the JSW and make it dumbed down too.
 

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seems to me that despite the forthcoming GLI... VW has decided to make the GTI the real "driver's car" of the lineup. This is sad.
That makes no sense. Despite the GLI? You mean the sedan version of the GTI that will share the GTI's engine, transmission, suspension, styling cues, and interior treatments? All while being possibly lighter-weight?

As is always the case, the GLI and the GTI are both the "driver's cars" of VW's compact lineup. I will never understand people who think that the GTI is so far superior to the GLI. One poster, and I'll omit his name because this won the most ridiculous post ever award, even said of the MkV cars... "the GLI is technologically inferior to the GTI." Really? You mean the GTI's engine, transmission, suspension, and electronics are somehow rendered all technologically inferior when a trunk is added? But I may be writing this to someone who was a follower of that illogical philosophy...

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This was not an easy review to write.

VW wouldn't have to do much to "fix" the small issues. Put the chintz plastics on the 8v 2.0 S and SE models and the better plastics in the SE and SEL 2.5 and TDI models. That way everyone can have their cake and eat it too.

I think the GLI will be a vastly different beast.
 

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That makes no sense. Despite the GLI? You mean the sedan version of the GTI that will share the GTI's engine, transmission, suspension, styling cues, and interior treatments? All while being possibly lighter-weight?
possibly lighter weight. If that's true, I may concede this point.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, what exactly was wrong with tacking a trunk on a GTI and calling it a day? Now you are taking a literally Camry sized car and trying to make it into a pocket rocket. I don't personally think that will work quite as well.
 

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You mean the sedan version of the GTI that will share the GTI's engine, transmission, suspension, styling cues, and interior treatments?
I think it's the suspension comment that really sticks in my craw. It's has 3 extra inches of wheelbase. That means it's not the same...

It's going to feel like a different car.
 

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I'm sorry, but I despise the new gauge cluster. It's a bit too simpleton for my taste. Overall, I don't think it looks too bad, but I'd still rather have a Golf.
 

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Okay, lets just acknowledge the elephant in the room...VW made a mistake. Let's stop crying over all the spilt milk and move on.

Question is...what's everyone going to move onto when their current Jetta's need replacing...
 

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Having some hands on time with the car today makes me think its not as bad as Jamie makes it out to be. I have to admit that every picture I've seen makes me cringe, but actually seeing it in person up close makes me think that it just doesn't photograph well. As for the interior I can concede that it feels a little chintzy, but the SEL definitely had a slightly better feel to it than the base model. Overall I like the look of this car in person a hell of a lot more than the MkV.
 
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