2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan User Reviews
2.0L S shown
- $15,545 - $31,180
- No trim specified for this review
- Great pickup & torque, fender audio system, lumbar support, smooth ride
- Tech is behind the competition (e.g. Nav not voice activated)
Purchased As New
BACKGROUND: A few weeks ago I decided to trade in my older Prius for a new sedan in the economy class. I researched and test drove the Honda CR-Z and new Hyundai Elantra, and conducted quite a bit of research on similar vehicles - from the Honda Civic to the Dodge Dart. In the end, I decided on the Jetta - mostly because of the timeless elegant look of the car, and the balance between power, convenience and tech that VW brought to the table. My first car was a '95 Jetta and I loved it - the power, convenience, and smooth ride were great.
PERFORMANCE: I absolutely love how this thing drives. I've experimented with the regular, tiptronic, and sport modes, and each of them rock. The regular mode gives you plenty of kick, but it takes a bit for the torque to kick in. Sport mode gives you some higher RPMs and a bit of extra pep, but for rocket-fast takeoffs, I like tiptronic. The car is super fun to drive, with a perfect combination of pep and smoothness. On the highway it's a nice quiet ride, yet it still offers good acceleration. It outperforms the new Elantra, and I daresay it's as fun if not more so to drive than the Honda CR-Z.
INTERIOR: The interior is nice, and I especially like the leatherette seating, which will be easy to clean. The new soft-touch dash is also great, and I've had no issues with rattling or vibrations when I crank up the sound system. I was a bit disappointed by a few interior components that seemed cheap - like the sunglasses holder, and mirror adjuster - for such a nice car, it was a bit surprising. Overall, I love the interior though - the heated seats rock, and the lumbar support feels absolutely amazing.
TECH: Good but not amazing. Unlike other competing economy cars such as the Elantra and CR-Z, the Nav wasn't voice activated - and really, nothing in the car is voice activated (that I know of) except the bluetooth phone. The Nav system does the job, and although it does not provide real-time traffic, that doesn't bug me and I enjoy using it. The MDI interface is awesome for my ipod - I just plug it in and it syncs with the system, then displays my music information on the Nav screen. Very cool. Oooh and I MUST mention the Fender sound system - sound (music) has always been important to me in my vehicles, and let me say VW brought their a-game. The system literally gives you a "live performance" feel every time you drive, and the stock subwoofer delivers amazing bass. This is by far the best stock sound system I've ever encountered in a vehicle, and I'm sure it will win awards if it hasn't already. The bluetooth is pretty standard fare, and very convenient - syncs to my phone, downloaded my phone book, and is voice activated. I like it. Oddly, the SEL does NOT come stock with a back up camera. My '06 Prius had one, and I fully expected the SEL to include one as well, but it does not. I think it IS an optional upgrade, but is not stock.
CONCLUSION: Of all the cars I've driven or owned, this one absolutely takes the cake. It possesses all the traits that made me adore my '95 Jetta, yet offers all the convenience of a modern ride. The perfect balance of performance, comfort, convenience, and class can't be beat. I do admit the fuel efficiency doesn't really compare to other cars in the class, but I think the performance makes it worth it. Plus, I did the math and it looks like it would take 10 years to break even if I had spent the extra 5k to upgrade to the Jetta Hybrid SEL. Bottom line, I love this car and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a classy vehicle that won't break the bank. Oh, and as kudos to VW, they gave me a better deal than I asked for, plus they financed me for a far lower interest rate than my own credit union offered me. I've got to say buying this car was probably the best car decision I've ever made.
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