2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive Coverage

July 22, 2010
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

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:

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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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