2012 Volkswagen Jetta User Reviews

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lemoffett writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta S Review
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4

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Looks good, spacious, dark interior, great safety ratings

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The maintenance cost on this thing was expensive and it's difficult to work on

lemoffett
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Decent Car For A Decent Price — I loved that this car was under $20k brand new. I also liked that it came with black interior for a white car. The best thing about this car was that all windows rolled up/down with one click. I went through gas like crazy though and it was pretty expensive to maintain.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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rob_1994 writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta Base Review
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gas mileage

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power

rob_1994
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Decent Day To Day Car — nice economy car and decent gas mileage. No extra stuff except leather and automatic transmission. handles ok. gets the job done, affordable payments, and very low maintenance expense. looking to keep the car for a few years, and other jetta owners have said that they last

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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SPoulin writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI w/ Premium Review
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This is a super fun car to drive, with great reliability and descent capacity!

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We have just over 50k miles on it and haven't had any issues to speak of...

SPoulin
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Better Than I Could Have Ever Imagined! — I would definitely recommend this car to everyone and anyone asking! We love it!! Not only does it have incredible fuel economy, but the reliability as well as drivability of this vehicle is incredible. We have had no issues to speak of and we drive the vehicle a ton!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Deathjam4 writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SE Review
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4

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Great car for long drives

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Low visibility in the blind spots, and the trunk is to high to look over it easily to judge where your at when backing up. The car is pretty light so it tends to be easily blown around in windy conditions

Deathjam4
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Peppy — Decent ride, handles really well and is very responsive. I have not owned the car for to long yet but it comes with a decent radio system and lots of space. best thing tho is unlike my old audi it has full on cup holders that hug your cup in the holes.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review
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It's a turbo diesel,  with a ton of power.  It uses the horsepower efficiently, and when I'm going 75 on the highway, and need to pass,  I drop it into 5th and it will rocket past anything.  It looks great, and it's got a huge trunk.  Optional roof rack.

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The center console is a little dirty and the left mirror has a small scratch on the exterior.  It does not affect vision or safety.  

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I'm Trading To A Diesel Beetle Ragtop So I'm Sad To See It Go! — So your car takes premium and gets 35 mpg? Diesel costs the same or less than premium and this car gets twice the mileage, meaning you use 50-60% of the fuel costs. I'm a long distance commuter, and I cut my transportation cost in half. I love this car. I drove it from Delaware to NY thru the NJ turnpike in a blizzard, and I was the only car on the road. There was nobody to take my tolls on the north end of the turnpike, it was closed with a foot of compact snow on it, and this car kept on going past the truckers and the SUVs that were flipped over and on their sides. Plus, it looks AWESOME. It's my commuter car and I drive on flat highway 70 from Frederick MD to Baltimore MD every day. I babied it. Some days, I'd go 55 mph and get nearly 60mpg. That's not a typo. I'd get better than 55 miles per gallon. Most of the time, it gets 48 on the highway every day. It's pretty good around town too.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dinocchio writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SE PZEV w/ Conv Review
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look and trunk

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suspension

dinocchio
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Decent — Bought a used car from a dealer with $15000. It's a decent car. The suspension sucks. The look is great. Anything else is normal. The trunk is very spacious. All in all, it's a very decent car with this level of price.

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Nick writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SE Review
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Shiftable automatic transmission
Sport mode
Quiet enough
Not as boring as it looks
2.5L Engine sounds great
Easy to reach and operate controls

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Interior looks dated for a new car
Cheap plastic interior
Seats could use more bolstering
Fake leather is thin and feels like it will tear
Odometer a pain to use
Digital fuel gauge is less accurate than a normal one.
No engine temp gauge.
Standard driving mode is "mashed potatoes" feeling

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Rented A 2.5se For A Week - Really Liked It — I recently went on a west coast trip to San Francisco. Enterprise had me down for a Standard size car but after I declined the Chevy HHR, the attendant laughed and gave us a Jetta. To my surprise it wasn't the base model and was the upgraded engine (2.5SE). At first, I hated it. The interior was cheap / 90's looking and the engine felt gutless. The next day, I get to into the car with friends and I decided to try Sport (S) mode. After all, what's the worst that could happen? Well, it turns out that Sport mode transforms the car. The car finally gets out of it's own way and holds second gear up the steep San Francisco hills. My friends and I joked about how much quicker the car is in sport mode by saying "I'm sorry ociffer, but SPORT MODE!". The 5 cylinder engine has a unique growl around 3.5k RPMs which continues until it gets a little raspy at 5k. After that little 10 mile trip, the Jetta had grown on me. The next day I ended up deciding to see what Muir Woods is all about (it's a national monument with lots of redwood trees). That trip took me down some of the coolest and twistiest roads in our fair country. We're talking roads with unregulated speed limit and 10mph corners. This is where I decided to see how the car fared in manual mode - as the automatic can be manually shifted. Most of the time I spent in 2nd gear with the occasion shift up to 3rd on a straight on down to first in one or two insanely tight hairpins. The car won't really let you do much damage to the transmission. It will automatically shift up if you redline it but odds are, the wail of the engine will alert you to that first. The shifts are as quick and precise as anything within several thousand dollars (to my knowledge) and anyone cross shopping this car with an Optima/Sonato turbo (which my father owns and I've driven frequently) should go with the Jetta if this feature is the deal breaker. After Muir woods, I headed up SR1 (also called Highway 1) for even more twisty-turny action. Here I could open the car up a bit. The German roots came out as the car was just as responsive and communicative as it was quiet and supple for city driving. The car does oversteer at the limit (duh, it's front wheel drive), but you have to try real hard to get it out of sorts. The traction control is "stuck on" and never turns off. It lets you spin the wheels a bit and get you jollies but thankfully, at least on SR1, keeps you from spirited-driving-yourself off the 40 story high ocean cliffs. Strangely enough, I didn't really desire more power. The car has about 170hp but pulls very strong - much better than my own four-banger Scion tC. There were Maserati's, Porsches, Infiniti's, BMW's, Lexus's and every other sport luxury car out there on SR1 with me but the curves are the big limiter. I was just as content in the Jetta as I would have been in a Porsche Boxster - and I never broke 40mph. I'm not saying I wouldn't rather own a Porsche, but if I had to settle for something German, great in the twisties, supple around town, and roomy for friends - I think this is it. I came back the way I came but decided to go back to Sport mode. Having adventured into manual land and having gotten a great feel for the gears, I was interested in seeing how it handled things on it's own. I was really disappointed by sport mode but in a move to save fuel, it's not quiet as sporty as I would have hoped. The car seemed to downshift very quickly when I stepped on it, but shifted back up a bit too soon - leaving me in the wrong gear to enter - and subsequently exit the next corner. Having said that, it still good fun. All in all, I'd recommend anyone check out the Jetta (at the very least the 2.5 engine or the GLI - which I now intend to test drive). The overall driving feel of the car, quietness around town, and great transmission make it fantastic bargain for a car despite despite the cheap albeit well-laid-out interior. * As a side note, I know many auto enthusiast types (which I count myself in), LOVE a proper manual gearbox. At no point, in or around San Francisco, did I find myself missing a clutch. If anything, all I wanted was some flappy paddles on the steering wheel - which I believe come in the GLI.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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maverick111 writes:
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5

Pros

Best milage around 32 mpg including city and highway.
Suspension, stability, control on highway is very good.
Altough car is small, car has better grip on road in rain and snow!!!

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So far I have not noticed any major cons about this car.

maverick111
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Compact, Convenient And Comfortable — One of the best german car vw Jetta, go for it. U ll not regret!! safety, handling, milage, cargo space, and style are incredible feature of the car. And, so far it is maintenance free!! Definitely, u ll love this car!!

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Earlygolfer writes:
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This CAR is AWESOME in performance as it is VERY FAST and still delivers 32mpg on the highway

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32 MPG -  a TDI does over 40 MPG

Earlygolfer
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I — It probably has a little more road noise than the other luxury car I own but quieter than my 2010 pickup which is a crew cab. I don't do a lot of driving, my local town is 15 miles away. I go the the Twin Cities 2x per month and drive the VW half the time, the 2012 Volvo the other half the time. I don't drive the pickup very often, it is my transportation to the dump, going fishing or picking up building materials.

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arman111 writes:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SEL PZEV w/ Sunroof Review
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The color is different and the handling is not to shabby

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The cabin has a bit of a plastic feeling (they had to cut cost somewhere)

arman111
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Good Commuter Car — I've always liked Jetta's, but this generation is slightly different than previous ones. In one side the price point is not bad, plus it comes with 3 years worth of maintenance (we like this). On the other side, one can feel and see where VW had to cut cost in order to price their cars below the competition. Irregardless of the cost cutting efforts, they still managed to create a great value and great product.

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