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Review of 2012 VW Eos

Posted on: September 3, 2011 | In Volkswagen

One of the cars for 2012 that has a reputation of getting overlooked from consumers on the market to buy is the 2012 Volkswagen Eos. This car is a convertible that is two door and offers people the change to get a sporty look that is at a much more friendly price than other competitors that are out there. However, when it comes to actual sales, the Eos is always lagging behind. For anyone that is going to be on the market to buy a convertible they are going to find that Eos is one that they should have on their list to consider, thanks to the many things about it that are worthy of attention. And just what is worthy of the consumers attention? 


One of the first things is the roof. Most convertibles have the soft top roofs that over time are going to rip and become an eye sore. Not to mention the fact that they not known as the best things to have when the weather turns bad. The Eos is much different as it has a hard top that is retractable. Something that the competitors would be wise to look into for their own convertibles since this is something that people are loving about the car. And with a push of a button the roof can drop and disappear just like a soft top would on a regular convertible.

Another feature that people are looking is the amount of power that they get with the car. Every trim level of the Eos is coming with a four cylinder, turbo charged engine that delivers around 200 horsepower. And thus far, the numbers on just have fast the Eos can go from zero to sixty is around seven seconds, which may not compare with muscle cars on the market, but with a four cylinder engine that is a great time. Add into the fact that the gas mileage is impressive, with the car getting around twenty-five miles per gallon combined, people see that there are tons of reasons to buy this car.

With that being said, there are a few things that people are quick to point out should be something that VW look about fixing. The first is the fact that the backseat is rather small. Though, anyone that has ridden in a convertible before usually know that the back seat is not really meant for those long road trips since the roof does take up some room when being lowered. Other people point out that the car could be faster to drive which would encourage some people to buy it. However, in regard to speed, the Eos is meant to be more of the luxury types of convertibles that are on the market. Thus, people that want this car are wanting something that they can drive without feeling as though they are cramped and are riding in something that feels every bump in the road.

One thing is for certain, the Eos should be on the list of cars for people to consider when they are wanting a luxury convertible that is not going to make them pay for luxury prices.

Volkswagen 181 Review

Posted on: August 4, 2011 | In Volkswagen

The Volkswagen 181 also known as the trekker in the United Kingdom, the Safari in Mexico and simply as the Thing in the United States was a small really super looking military type vehicle that was produced from 1969 to 1983. Described by some as a cross between a "bug" and a "tank" this little car was considered to be the first UV and the forerunner to all terrain vehicles. 

In fact, the Volkswagen 181 is a cross between the Volkswagen beetle and the kuberwagen used by German military during world war two. What resulted was a rear wheel drive vehicle that had fold down rear seats, could be made into a convertible, and with a fold down windshield with large map pockets on all four doors. The result was a strange, but attractive looking little car that was actually a bit shorter than the Volkswagen "bug." 

Volkswagen 181

In the first five years that the 181 was made a limited number of these vehicles were sold in the United States mainly because the company asked a pretty large price of $3,000 for this vehicle when the beetle sold for around $1,000. Most of the 181's went to people who lived on the beach and were looking for little more than a fashionable dune buggy. 

There were roughly a 140,000 of these little vehicles made in the 13 years that Volkswagen was making the 181. While some people feel that the Volkswagen 181 is little more than a metal box on wheels. 

The Volkswagen 181 never did reach the popularity that many other Volkswagen cars did in the states probably because there really were too little of these vehicles. Even today with so many classic and antique cars in high demand the 181 seems to lack the attention that most other vehicles receive from those who have fond memories of the cars that they grew up with and around. 

However, there are a few people who still own one of these vehicles today and find them a fun little car to drive and one that gets some attention from those who are unfamiliar with the 181, but it is doubtful that even as an antique these cars will reach the popularity of the Volkswagen beetle or even the rabbit. They simply seem a vehicle destined to stay on the sidelines even among those who love the classic lines of the vehicles of yesteryear. They simply lack that infinite something that makes certain cars loved by car enthusiasts.

Review of 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Posted on: July 30, 2011 | In Volkswagen

Since Volkswagen has opened up their doors on US soil and started to manufacturer cars here, many of the people out there are very eager to see what VW is going to offer to the US. Though their offerings are not changing that much, despite the fact that most people are eager to have VW's that are running off of diesel. With that being said, there are quite a few offerings that are going to be diesel by VW, however, one vehicle that people are interested in that is not being offered in diesel is the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI. This is one of the biggest disadvantages that most people are talking about. But with that being said, there are still quite a few things that people are looking forward to with this car. 

People are going to notice that for 2012, the Tiguan has had a few modifications to it that is going to make it slightly appear different. People are going to find that the 2012 version is going to be more of a version of the Touareg which has been one VW that people are very proud to own. The taillights are something that has been changed drastically from last years version. No longer are people going to have the round taillights they are now going to have rectangle taillights that does improve the looks of the rear more than anything else that they have tried. 

This is one of the hottest crossovers that is out there that people are interested in and they are going to find that there are many people out there are interested. So just how does the Tiguan drive? Most people are going to find that it has all the power that they are going to need in order to make sure that they are able to get everything done. They are going to find that the transmission shifts smoothly, which is a worry of most people since many cars nowadays are having troubles with the shifting in their transmissions. The person is also going to find that they are going to have ample room for their passengers, making it a good crossover for people to choose that do have children. 



So is the Tiguan something to consider? Most people are considering it since it is offered by VW. However, people would be more apt to consider it if the car was offered in a diesel option. But, it is still something that crossover lovers should put on their list as options to consider.

2012 VW Beetle Information and pictures

Posted on: July 11, 2011 | In Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Beetle has long been a car that many people have loved throughout history. For many people out there, there is nothing better than being the proud driver of one of these slug bugs. Most people associate the Beetle with peace signs, make love and not war signs and above all else hippies. However, as the new 2012 Beetle is going to show people, it has a bit more than that to offer to the consumer market. The new Beetle is going to have many changes to it to make it appear more aggressive to those that are looking at the car and those that want to make sure that they are no longer driving the hippie car only have to take a look at the new Beetle to see the big differences. 

2012 beetle

The new Beetle is wider and longer than the old Beetle, which means that those who ride inside the Beetle are going to have much more room, which could mean that the Beetle is going to appeal to those that want something that is small, yet can comfortably seat four. Because of the new size, the Beetle no longer has that rounded look that so many have come to love and cherish. Are people going to be happy with the new look of the Beetle? More than likely they are going to like the more edgier look that the car has to it and that they are going to come to appreciate this aspect, but it may take a while to get used to. 


Another factor that has many people cringing when they think of their beloved Beetle getting a face-lift is the fact that the new Beetle is not rear wheel drive. This is something that Beetle lovers had hoped that the VW makers would not change, but it seems that they have. The most likely reason is for fuel mileage reasons, however, most cars today are front wheel drive only and it could be that VW wanted to make sure that the Beetle was something that those in the United States wanted to buy. 


So is the Beetle something that lovers of the Beetle are going to consider in 2012? The outlooks seem to show that the United States buyers are going to like the car, the European market seems to really like it, which is saying something since they have long been those that buy the older Bug model. The changes were made in order to revamp the Beetle, not completely change it. The car still has the round headlights that people have come to know and love as those that belong to the Beetle, which is something that most people are liking, but without the rounded shape, most people are viewing this car as a Roadster and not a true Beetle. Still, with an estimated 54 miles per gallon according to VW, this car is one that many people are going to turn to simply because of the amazing gas mileage. Of course, this has not been proven by the EPA and their strict mileage requirements. 

Details on the 2012 VW Passat

Posted on: July 8, 2011 | In Volkswagen

Volkswagen is hoping for a successful 2012 with the new Passat that they will be introducing this coming up year. One of the things that most people are eager about is the fact that the Passat is going to be made in Tennessee for 2012, meaning that most people are ready to buy since it is one of those companies that has brought quite a few jobs into the United States. Add into the fact that the new Passat is going to be tailored specifically to those that are in the United States, and this has most people ready to see just how the consumer market is going to accept the new Passat, and so far predictions are going very well for the brand. For those that are wondering just what they are going to be getting with the new Passat, they should take into consideration that the Passat is very similar to the Jetta that was released this year. In fact, most professionals state that most people when having these cars parked side by side, simply cannot tell the difference between the two. Which could be a good or bad thing for VW as they are releasing the Passat for 2012. However, as most people point out, the look that the Jetta and the Passat have going on is good for the Passat, though it did not do much for the Jetta. And why is this? 

2012 VW Passat

The Passat is larger, and according to those that have been privileged enough to see this vehicle, the larger size makes it possible for all those little features on the exterior to really shine and stand out against the crowd. So what about the interior? One of the fears of most people were that VW would remove all the little tidbits in the interior that really spoke to the fact that this was a German engineered car. However, it seems that they have kept quote a few of the little tidbits that make the German engineering more prominent. The materials that are used in the Passat are high quality, which is what people are expecting when they are buying a German engineered car. And there are other touches to the car, such as the steering wheel wrapped in leather that is really going to let the person know that they are driving something that is luxurious and well made. 



For 2012, people are going to notice that they are going to get more room with the Passat than what they have been given in the past. And this is because the engineers found a way to include four more inches in the car, which helps make the car more mid sized than ever. It also means that those who sit in the back are going to have plenty of room to sit in and that long road trips are not going to be that bad. Gas mileage wise, the EPA has not put an official number on it yet, however, the company says that it should get around 21 miles per gallon in the city, while getting 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

Volkswagen to Offer Golf Cabrio Next Year

Posted on: November 13, 2010 | In News

The rumors have it that Volkswagen is planning on introducing a new car around the summer months of next year called the Volkswagen Golf Cabrio. The President of VW Group, Martin Winterkorn has confirmed that the automobile will indeed be available next year. 

Exterior and interior wise, the Golf Cabrio will basically be the same as past generation Golf's. However, the Golf Cabrio will have a more sporty look to it with different headlights and a different front grill. Probably the most significant difference will be that the Cabrio will have a retractable soft top. Interior wise, there will be a more elegant feel to the Cabrio which many are saying the interior will compare more to the Passat CC, with leather seats and aluminum inserts with all the latest technological advancements that VW has to offer. 

Engine wise, the Golf Cabrio will have the same options as the hatchback Golf has. Which includes four gasoline engines to choose from, ranging in horsepower from 80 up to 160. As well as two TDI engines with horsepowers of 110 and 140. The engines will accompany either a six or seven speed DSG transmission. Overall, with the available engines and transmission it should be a fun car to drive. 

Why has VW decided to finally launch the Cabrio? Well with the success of the Golf in general, VW is trying to reach a whole different audience with a car that they know consumers already adore. Competition wise, the Cabrio will be up against cars such as the BMW 1-Series Convertible or the Audi A3 Cabrio. Will the VW Golf Cabrio see as much success as these two vehicles have had? That really is a question that VW is hoping to answer with a definite yes. However, no one will no for sure until the car is released next year at some point. However, with all the buzz already circulating the vehicle, it would seem to be safe to say that it will be another success for VW.

2011 Volkswagen Beetle

Posted on: October 19, 2010 | In Volkswagen

The new 2011 Volkswagen Beetle is going to be anticipated by many, and is expected to be released in early spring of this year. The new look to the Beetle is going to be the one aspect that people are going to notice right off the bat. However, the performance is also going to be noticeable, as the new Beetle is going to be borrowing performance parts from the Golf and be comparable to many of the other small cars on the market. Drive wise, the ride is going to be much more easier and smoother than the Mini Cooper, while still having an edge over the PT Cruiser as well. In addition, the car is going to handle just as well as some of the most popular sports cars that are out there because of the suspension and steering that has not changed much from past models. 



The brakes of the car is going to allow people to stop hard if the chance arrives while driving. However, stopping power wise, the car reportedly does not have the stopping power of the Mini Cooper or the VW Golf. All three models with their respective engine are being offered will have nice quiet rides, as Volkswagen has made sure that the cabin in almost completely silent for those long road trips that people may take.



There will be three engines to choose from for US buyers. The first being the 2.5 liter five cylinder engine, next the 2.0 liter turbo engine and lastly the 2.0 liter diesel engine. Transmission wise, people are going to have the option of choosing from automatic and manual transmissions that will have up to seven gears depending on which model of the Beetle that the person purchases. 



One of the biggest differences that the Beetle is going to have is that it is around three and a half inches longer than former models, with a flatter roof and windshield that is more upright. The difference in length means more room in the cargo area, a much wanted addition to those that have driven past models of the notorious Beetle. Because of the flatter roof the Beetle is expected to get slightly better fuel mileage than past models. So far, the estimated fuel mileage is around 44 miles per gallon on average in all the models. From seeing the car, it is evident that the designers are trying to go for a rougher look that would be comparable to the Cruiser in order to attract men and women both by using more strong lines and cutting out some of the cuteness that past models have held.


Interior wise there will be some changes as well to the new 2011 Beetle. The most dominant being a different dashboard and steering wheel. These are made to be more sleek and fitting with the times, instead of relying on the past models interior design. 


The Volkswagen company is hoping that the new 2011 Beetle will be their pride and joy. The cost of production is relatively low, so the company is hoping that they can crank these models out as soon as possible and the public will eat them up. This should be the way it happens since the Beetle is going to be the only small type car that Volkswagen is offering since they have discounted the Golf, the only competition for the Beetle in the VW family. Overall, the changes that the company has made should improve the looks of the Beetle, but still be familiar to those that are die hard Beetle fans.

2011 Volkswagen Eurovan

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Combined with front-wheel-drive, low-speed traction control, four-wheel independent suspension, rack and pinion steering, and four-wheel ABS disc brakes, The 2011 EuroVan ensures that the driver has excellent handling and control, a characteristic found in all Volkswagens. The engine's peak torque of 177 ft. lbs. at 3,200 revolutions per minute, and its maximum horsepower of 140 at 4,500 rpm, allows The 2011 Volkswagen Eurovan to tow a 4,400 pound (braked) trailer or carry nearly 1,000 pounds of cargo. For a quiet driving experience, Volkswagen has added insulation at critical points that better isolates the interior from unwanted noise. The EuroVan's torsional rigidity is better than ever with a strengthened body, reinforced floor panels, as well as stronger B and C pillars. Adding to its security are dual front air bags, side impact beams in the side passenger doors, and three-point safety belts on forward-facing window-side seats. Additional safety features include daytime running lights and a child safety lock for the sliding door (a child safety lock is unnecessary on the rear hatch because it has no inside handle).

Additional standard equipment on The 2011 Volkswagen Eurovan includes an in-dash air conditioning system; power door locks (including side and rear hatch); cruise control; AM/FM cassette stereo with six speakers; programmable intermittent wipers; heated windshield washer nozzles; rear hatch wiper/washer and defroster; power outside mirrors; illuminated vanity mirrors; and a fourspeed automatic transmission. Cargo capacity for the EuroVan is optimized by its high stance and versatile interior. Long items, such as plywood, slide in and out due to its long load length with bench seats removed. The 2011 2011 Volkswagen Eurovan comes with a variety of options and packages. The optional Weekender Package for the EuroVan MV combines the day-to-day functionality of the EuroVan GLS, with the adventurous overnight capabilities of the EuroVan Camper. Its features include a pop-up roof with two-person bed, full-swiveling captain seats, window screens for two side sliding windows, fixed left-hand rear facing seat (with refrigerator beneath lift-up seat bottom), second battery, and alternator.

An optional automatic "Climatronic" climate control system is available for the EuroVan GLS, and EuroVan MV without the Weekender Package. 2011 Volkswagen Eurovan interior options include a sliding sunroof with sliding sun and windscreen capabilities (not available with Weekender Package). EuroVan GLS also comes with optional leather trim, including front heated seats. The EuroVan Camper continues to be available for the U.S. market. With a longer wheelbase of 15.7 inches than the EuroVan GLS and MV, it is capable of seating up to six passengers with its optional and removable two-person center bench seat. The 2011 2011 Volkswagen Eurovan comes equipped with ample standard features- like a 6-cylinder engine, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, alloy wheels, power windows and locks, cruise control, dual front air bags and dual-zone Climatronic. The EuroVan MV Weekender package offers a side folding table with rear-facing seats, a bench that converts into a bed, a pop-up roof and a small refrigerator under the seat. The EuroVan Camper goes several steps further. It includes a full gallery with a refrigerator, stove, sink and storage cabinets along with extra storage areas in the rear. The aerodynamic lines of the Eurovan are enhanced with body-colored bumpers, black door handles, dark tinted rear half privacy glass, body color grille with center logo, body color mirror housings, heated dual power outside mirrors, front fog lights, and heated windshield washer nozzles.



2011 Volkswagen Golf

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The 2011 Volkswagen Golf is built on the same basic platform as the earlier Volkswagen Golf, a high-quality, highly rigid chassis. A rigid chassis results in a smooth, controlled ride with little noise, vibration or harshness. Well-engineered crumple zones and other features enhance crash protection. To maintain structural integrity without sacrificing its round shape, the New Beetle convertible’s body has been enhanced to provide additional support, including a rear seat support that enhances chassis rigidity. Convertibles are distinguished by an exterior chrome strip that surrounds the greenhouse and by a redesigned trunk design with integrated third brake light, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals.


2011 Volkswagen Golf dimensions prove it is no small car. The body is 161.1 inches in length and 67.9 inches wide, with a wheelbase of 98.7 inches. It’s longer, but narrower and taller than a Mini. Outside door handles are easy to grab, feel good, and don’t require inverting your hand to operate. New turn indicators on outside mirrors warn drivers alongside when changing lanes. Color-keyed mirror housings and door handles add to the Beetle’s clean appearance. At night from a distance, our black convertible looked like something from Porsche with its sleek dome shape and round headlamps.


2011 Volkswagen Golf looks similar to the other New Beetles, but aerodynamic enhancements give it a hunkered-down German turbo look. Smoothed-out wheel wells and revised bumpers give it a seamless, aerodynamic appearance. Double exhaust pipes hint of compressed aspiration under the hood, while special 17-inch alloy wheels and tires indicate a sports suspension. A subtle Turbo S badge, styled after Porsche badging, adorns the back hatch on which sits a rear valance. The Turbo’s rear spoiler pops up at speed and is designed to maintain rear-end stability in high-speed corners. After spending some time with the car, we found the rear spoiler a bit annoying as it comes back down with a thunk when slowing down. 2011 Volkswagen Golf is easy to drive and operate. It feels instantly familiar with no fumbling for controls. The 2011 2011 Volkswagen Golf is quieter than truck-based SUVs both in engine and road noise. It rides smoothly on a variety of surfaces, true to the car side of its SUV heritage. The appeal of The 2011 Volkswagen Golf continues to grow over time, gradually blossoming into a sense of general well-being and satisfaction. The 2011 Volkswagen Golf senses the slope and roughness of the terrain and reduces the anti-lock influence over the brakes; this improves stopping performance off road and avoids early activation on steep slopes. Several technologies come standard that improve the driver’s ability to control The 2011 Volkswagen Golf in emergency maneuvers: electronic brake force distribution, active traction control, and vehicle skid control. Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) evenly distributes the braking force to the front and rear wheels. This reduces stopping distances. A brake assist function has been developed to help drivers who may not be depressing the brake pedal hard enough in an emergency braking situation. The system can detect when you’re trying to slam on the brakes to stop; it then uses full braking force even if you relax your foot on the brake pedal. The standard front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder 2011 Volkswagen Golf with traction control makes for a superb wagon for the city and suburbs. It’s far easier to deal with on a daily basis than a truck-based sport-utility.

2011 Volkswagen Gti

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2011 Volkswagen Gti comes in two-door and four-door versions. All are hatchbacks. Three trim levels are available, GL, GLS, and GTI. Upscale trim and a high level of standard equipment make for a comfortable and sophisticated experience. Two people can sit comfortably in the back seats. The hatchback design means you can fold the seats down and cram in an impressive amount of stuff. Four transmissions are available: 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, or 5-speed automatic with Porsche’s Tiptronic manual override. 2011 Volkswagen Gti offers more engine options for its compact than other manufacturers. Four engines are available for the Golf: 115-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4; 180-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4; 200-horsepower 2.8-liter VR6; 90-horsepower 1.9-liter TDI turbocharged diesel inline-4. GL two-door is extremely well equipped for a small car, with standard air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power heated mirrors, a premium sound system with CD player, and neat woven-cloth upholstery. Golf GL comes standard with the 115-horsepower engine and 5-speed manual transmission, but is available with a 4-speed automatic.


2011 Volkswagen Gti offers plenty of storage space, with a large glove box, deep door pockets and a center tray that’s useful for stowing cellular telephones. Golf’s cup holders are well placed and adequate for most container sizes. Driver and passenger doors use different inside handles that make them easy to close. Seats in our GTI 1.8 T were firm and supportive. More side bolstering would help brace driver and passenger in tight corners, however. Seating adjustments are trademark Volkswagen, with its unique jack to adjust seat height; they are a bit difficult to use at first with an awkward knob for adjusting rake, but familiarity improves this. The optional Monsoon Sound System with eight speakers is among the best factory stereos we’ve heard, with crisp highs and snappy bass response. Rear seats, with height-adjustable headrests, seem surprisingly roomy with plenty of headroom for all but the tallest passengers. There isn’t much stretch-out legroom, but the seats are unusually high off the floor, which makes the available space more comfortable than in many other compacts. For the taller person, sliding your feet under the front seats makes the back seat of the Golf a quite comfortable place for short trips. In addition to all this, Volkswagen offers not only its standard four-year/50,000-mile warranty, but also coverage of wear and tear items and adjustments during the initial 12 months or 12,000 miles of ownership. Additional coverage includes a five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, four years/50,000 miles of 24-hour roadside assistance, and protection against rust-through for 12 years. The 2011 2011 Volkswagen Gti electrically-powered steering requires little effort, but has virtually no ‘road feel’ – there’s little communication between the front wheels and the steering wheel. Handling, while reasonably balanced with minimal lean, is prone to understeer, and its limits can be reached fairly quickly. The 2011 2011 Volkswagen Gti passenger compartment is generally very quiet – not surprising since the gasoline engine isn’t running all of the time. Even when it is running, the engine emits a dull buzzing sound which gets louder under hard acceleration – but not any louder than a Corolla.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

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2011 Volkswagen Passat is the refined member of the mid-size class. It offers a high-quality interior and a high-quality driving experience. With its 2.0L 8 valve inline 4 cylinder engine, the peppy 2011 Volkswagen Jetta boasts 115 hp @ 5400 rpm and 125 ft-lbs. of torque @ 3200 rpm on regular unleaded fuel. The power from the 4-cylinder engine of The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is transferred to the wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission with front wheel drive. To round out the dashboard amenities, it has an awesome external temperature indicator and handy low fuel level warning. Volkswagen doesn’t forget the safety features and we need to mention them The new 2011 2011 Volkswagen Jetta comes with ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes, 4-wheel ABS, front side-mounted air bags, front seatbelt pretensioners, child seat anchors, and emergency interior trunk releases as well. Bookmark our site today and check back frequently. Arguably, it offers more style and character than any other in its class, without sacrificing midsize practicality. The Volkswagen was freshened up last year, with bolder contours and new lights front and rear. A stiffer chassis improved ride and handling as well as body panel fit.


Spirited and responsive, The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is a lot of fun to drive. The driving experience is colored by engine and transmission choice, so choose carefully. The 180-horsepower 1.8 T is a joy when paired with the manual gearbox. It’s quick, at times abrupt, but incredibly smooth. It delivers brisk, off-the-line acceleration. There’s a surprising amount of torque available, more than enough to spin the front wheels. Traction control steps in when needed to minimize this, enhancing control. This 1.8-liter turbocharged engine is so smooth and revs so freely that you’re encouraged to put the throttle down. In spite of its power, it nets an EPA-rated 24/31 mpg city/highway. Accelerating through the gears, there is some turbo lag down at the bottom of the rev range. Under normal conditions, launches can be a little slow unless you rev it up and drop the clutch. With the turbocharged engine, there is little torque available below 2000 rpm.


It starts to build at 2500 rpm and comes on quickly after that, but it isn’t the explosion of power that big turbochargers deliver. It’s more like the progressive acceleration of a smaller turbo, more fluid and linear. This car is too good to be saddled with this combination. Therefore, we strongly recommend the manual gearbox with the 1.8 T. We recommend pairing the automatic with one of the other two engines, which are naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged). GTI VR6 comes with Volkswagen’s innovative, narrow-angle V6 engine that delivers 195 foot-pounds of torque. The recent power boost is the result of a switch from two-valve to four-valve heads. Strong torque would make this a great engine for the automatic, but Volkswagen doesn’t offer that combination. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers good performance for commuting. It feels flexible, holding its own in traffic, and is comfortable when cruising steadily at 80 mph. It isn’t an engine that inspires enthusiast drivers, however. The 2.0-liter engine is EPA rated at 24/31 mpg city/highway: good, but no better than the GTI’s 1.8 T engine. Its relatively low price still makes the 2.0-liter a good value, however. This should be a good mate for an automatic, though we haven’t tried it that way. It has a pretty smooth ride with its four-wheel independent suspension front and rear stabilizer bar. You will never be late to another appointment with The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta tachometer clock display.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta wagon is the best-selling European import on the U.S. market. The 2011 2011 Jetta Wagon’s closest competitors include the Audi A4, the Saturn L-Series Wagon, and the Volvo V70. Upon introduction, the GL 2.0 is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, I4, 115-horsepower engine that achieves 24-mpg in the city and 30-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The GLS 1.8T is equipped with a standard 1.8-liter, I4, 180-horsepower, turbo engine that achieves 24-mpg in the city and 31-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The 2011 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon is a carryover from 2003.


2011 Volkswagen Jetta wagon is equipped with 17-inch wheels wrapped with 225/45 performance tires, part of the Sport Luxury package. They look great, but drivers will want to be particularly careful during pothole season with ultra low-profile tires. Overall, seams are tight and even. The Jetta looks more expensive than it is. The 2011 2011 Volkswagen Jetta wagon looks just as expensive inside as it does outside. The layout is simple and straightforward. The instrument panel features a large 7500-rpm tachometer (redlined at 6500 rpm) and an optimistic 160-mph speedometer: at 80 mph the needle is straight up. The interior is arranged well for the enthusiast driver. The steering wheel has a thick rim shaped well for the hand, and a grippy leather covering. It tilts and telescopes, and the driver’s seat ratchets up and down as well as slides fore and aft and reclines with the turn of a knob on the base of seatback. The Jetta, especially with the 17-inch wheels, 45-series performance tires and sport suspension, gobbles up the twisties like a seven-year old goes after Fruit Loops. The Jetta has lots of lateral grip and the stability to utilize it. Shock absorber damping is compliant but firm, allowing the suspension to react to a bump in mid-corner and be done with it. The four-wheel disc brakes are remarkable in their casual effectiveness, very linear in result and with just the right amount of required pressure. The pedals are spaced well for the enthusiast, and a dead pedal to the left gives the driver place to brace the left foot. Driving enthusiasts who prefer a manual gearbox will be happier with the lively 1.8T and sport suspension of 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon.