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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,061 - $14,888
Original MSRP: $17,605 - $26,090
MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Interior

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The VW Jetta's cabin features comfortable seating for front and rear passengers, an upscale cockpit with high-quality controls, and high-tech optional features like a navigation system. Many reviewers even label the Jetta's cabin the best in its class.

  • "The interior strikes a sporty, rather than austere, note. Brushed-metallic accents and chrome trim dot the cabin and impart a much-needed bit of flash. Most surfaces are high-quality-feeling soft-touch plastics." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Jetta TDI is comfortable, and it has adequate creature comforts, including a respectable stereo, optional moon roof and leather upholstery. But it's virtually anti-prestige." -- Los Angeles Times

Front Seats

The Jetta’s front row boasts supportive cushions and ample legroom. Heated front seats come standard on the base model. While that model comes with cloth upholstery, higher trims add leatherette seating surfaces.

  • "The Jetta's tall roof line lends a sense of spaciousness to the front seats, which boast a wide range of adjustment in order to accommodate drivers of various sizes.” -- Edmunds
  • "Great legroom from ultra-long seat tracks. Only the tallest riders will notice intrusion from the sunroof housing." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats of our test drive example were also wrapped in leather and had suitably supportive side bolsters that were up to the task of keeping the driver situated in front of the wheel. After three hours in the car, this driver's back side was well rested." -- Autoblog

Rear Seats

The rear seating area in the Jetta is surprisingly spacious.

  • “Headroom is a little tight in the rear, however. Nonetheless, there's an adequate amount of legroom in back, particularly compared to past Jettas, although even an economy sedan like the Toyota Corolla offers more." -- Edmunds
  • "Sufficient headroom and legroom for smaller adults, but six-footers will feel cramped. The seat itself is very comfortable but best for two adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The back seat is also quite roomy for two adults, although a third passenger would need to be on the slim side." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2010 Jetta provides easy-to-use gauges and more standard features than many expect in this price range. Many reviewers highlight VW's trademark blue or red nighttime illumination as a special plus.

Standard features for the base model are cruise control, an auxiliary audio input jack and heated front seats. Upgrading to the SE model adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Satellite Radio and a Touchscreen Premium sound system. A touchscreen navigation system is optional for all but the base trim. In fact, the only options available on the base trim are Bluetooth and an iPod adapter.

  • "The interior looks mildly Spartan, but in a German, Hugo Boss way that softens the blow. Handsome gauges and shapely, supportive seats are familiar VW items. All told, the Jetta feels more sophisticated and comfortable than the Toyota Prius." -- The New York Times
  • "The vinyl 'leatherette' upholstery found in most Jettas is finely stitched and does a good impression of real cowhide, with the added bonus of being easier to use, and we're also fans of the cool blue lights used for the instruments and radio display." -- Edmunds
  • "Clear gauges complement mostly handy, intuitive controls, but some testers find the blue and purple dashboard lighting too soft for best nighttime legibility." -- Consumer Guide
  • "To its credit, the Jetta has a decent sound system, and the six-disc changer will play MP3 CDs." -- CNET

Navigation

The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the few affordable small cars to offer a navigation system, which is available on all but the base trim. However, the reviews of the system are mixed. Some test drivers find the learning curve steep, while others describe the system as easy to use.

  • "The available navigation system incorporates most audio functions, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The state-of-the-art navigation system features an intuitive touchscreen interface and a 30GB hard drive that not only decreases processing time but also devotes significant space to digital music storage." -- Edmunds

Cargo

Reviewers are generally pleased with the Jetta's 16 cubic feet of cargo space, which beats out most competitors. By contrast, the Honda Civic and Mazda3 offer 12 cubic feet and 11.8 cubic feet of space, respectively.

  • "The huge 16-cubic foot trunk will swallow as much luggage as the trunks of many mid-size cars." -- Motor Week

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