2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive Coverage

July 22, 2010

We're done with today's first drive of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. And while the copy elves are toiling away at a full review, you can still get the basics on the new front-drive sedan coming from VW in the fall.

The new Jetta, in case you haven't heard, is a thorough reworking of the current car. It's almost 3 inches longer than the last-generation sedan, which improves rear-seat legroom by a good amount. The sheetmetal's been pressed into a more faceted look, and the interior's gained some interesting infotainment options--while it takes a baby step backwards from the classic Volkswagen grade of interior materials and finishes.

In all, the Jetta's probably the most satisfying compact sedan to drive, in a class that includes some truly enjoyable rides like the Honda Civic and Suzuki Kizashi. It's not quite the deal presented by the better-connected, more luxuriously equipped Kia Forte--but the new 2011 Jetta has a handling edge and a wide range of powertrains (diesel, gas and hybrid by the time it's fully launched) to appeal to all the fans looking for a little more from their next four-door.

Stay tuned for the full review at our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta overview page. Until then, catch up on all our coverage here:

Video of the Day: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta In Motion

2011 Volkswagen Jetta: Live Drive

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Won't Join New Jetta Sedan Platform

2011 Volkswagen Jetta: Live Photos

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Joins the Infotainment Era, Bit by Bit

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Goes For Twincharging

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