2011 Volkswagen Jetta

#14 in 2011 Affordable Small Cars Overall Score: 8.1 / 10
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Overview

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta stands out among 2011 small cars with ample passenger space, a huge trunk and good fuel economy ratings. However, previous models offered better quality interior materials.

SEATING


5

MPG


23-30

  CITY


29-42

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


115-170
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable seats
  • Spacious interior with large trunk
  • Great fuel economy with the TDI
  • Good safety scores
  • Cheaper interior materials versus the previous model year

Notable for 2011

  • Completely redesigned for 2011

Volkswagen Jetta Rankings and Research

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta ranking is based on its score within the 2011 Affordable Small Cars category. Currently the Volkswagen Jetta has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.1
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_0

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Pictures

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Review

By Rachel Smith January 12, 2016

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta stands out among 2011 small cars with ample passenger space, a huge trunk and good fuel economy ratings. However, previous models offered better quality interior materials.

Volkswagen Jetta models from 2011 with diesel engines are part of the massive Volkswagen recall because they do not meet U.S. emissions standards. Volkswagen will contact owners when they have remedied the problem and will fix the cars for free. The cars are safe to drive. Read more on the Volkswagen diesel recalls

Volkswagen redesigned the Jetta for 2011, and when it was new, reviewers liked its spacious interior, saying that the Jetta has as much space as some 2011 midsize cars. Additionally, the Jetta’s trunk is one of the largest in the class. Inside, the cabin has a smooth, clean design, though test drivers disliked the 2011 Jetta’s hard, shiny plastics.

The 2011 Jetta comes with standard features that are typical of small cars, including air conditioning, cruise control, a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Look to higher trims for features like satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth and navigation.

Four engines are available in the 2011 Jetta. The S model has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the SE and SEL trims get a more powerful 2.5-liter five-cylinder. The base model with a manual transmission has average fuel economy ratings, but higher trims get slightly fewer miles per gallon. The best performer in the lineup is the Jetta GLI, which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Jetta TDI offers the best fuel economy thanks to its 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. Reviewers were mixed on the Jetta’s performance, though many were underwhelmed and felt other cars in the class were more fun to drive.

The 2011 Jetta also performed very well in crash tests.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has a rear row and trunk that are among the largest in the class and a great safety score. Additionally, the Elantra stands out with high fuel economy ratings. Reviewers also liked the Elantra’s high-quality cabin, which could be equipped with heated rear seats.

If you’re looking for a small used car that’s also fun to drive, check out the 2011 Mazda3. You’ll give up the Jetta’s spacious rear seat, and while the Mazda3 sedan is short on trunk space, the hatchback has lots of cargo room. With the Mazda3, you’ll also get above-average safety scores and a quality interior.

Compare the Jetta to the Elantra and Mazda3 »

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