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Pros: The interior...the fit and finish are great. The controls are perfect.
Cons: The seats should be full power.
Advice: If you want a great handlingI have owned this week for 9 months. It's two vehicles in one. If you drive like your grandmother, it's a very economical sedan. I routinely average 31 mpg overall. But once in a while you have to remember why you bought this car. When you want to get up and go this car is a hoot! It eats corners like an ice skater making on-ramps tons of fun. It's comfortable on long trips. It has exceeded my expectations so far.
Pros: DSG, and the new 2.0T. Both coupled are simply outstanding. Who needs a heavy V6?
Cons: Cheap, plastic materials. Non-rubberized controls. Sunglass case is flimsy, and cupholders are a disappointment with the crinkle plastic adjustors holding drinks. Bring back the attention to detail and the German charm!
Advice: Wait for a few years for VW niche market fans to complain enough so that VW engineers start to listen.Took a Red GLI 2.0T for a two-day test drive while my Passat 1.8t wagon was in the shop. DSG is absolutely beautiful. The 2.0T is seamless and offers outstanding power, especially overtaking and passing at higher speeds. It is so much more powerful than the Passat 1.8T engine with the old gearbox. There is no turbo lag to speak of, and the engine's growl is most pleasing. The steering, with the electro-mechanical components, is mushy and so disconnected with the road. I couldn't feel any road feedback through the steering wheel. I really want rack and pinion back before I buy VW again. Driving on a level freeway with the sunroof open going 65mph., I heard a low frequency droning sound. At first, I thought it was the engine. So I slowed down, but the droning kept on. I sped up to 82mph. The droning became deafening. I advanced the sunroof all the way open, and discovered a major fault with this car that would keep me from buying it: wind enters the top of the car through the opening that the sunroof retreats, and buffets it, creating a harmonic vibration. It appears that the plastic cant device that cants wind up and over the sunroof opening isn't sufficient to keep wind out. Another problem with wind is that you can't roll the windows down to get that summertime air without getting buffeted by gusts coming through the car. This is also true on the new '06 Passat. The old body design was better, and offered creature comforts that the new design lacks. My take: DSG is awesome, but not enough to get me hooked. I'd either go Audi A3, BMW, or Saab 9-3.
Pros: The mileage is # 1 32 around town 40 on road
Cons: so far it is a ok
Advice: Try it youly love itTook car for a test Drive found it to be very fast and fun to drive.It rides very well for its size better than my wife's car,Which is same size.
Pros: stereo and odometer colors
Cons: no fog lights
Advice: not over priced for the quality that one recievesI love my 2.5 jetta manual transmission, I am a new Daddy so the fact that i am driving one of the safest cars gives me piece of mine. I get to drive a car that has all the space and comfort of a sedan and have the feel and power of a german sports car. For a 34 year old, when i drive this car i feel 18. I will never buy american again, thanks VW.
Pros: Safety features/fuel economy
Cons: Pumping diesel is a bit of a pain
Advice: If you think you have to sacrifice comfort and performance for fuel economy, go test drive this one!Love this car!!! Performance is agile and handling is confident and responsive. Safety is top-rated, interior is comfortable and very thoughtful. All this and unbeatable fuel economy! At just under 4k on the odometer, I'm already averaging a combined 43mpg, and diesels tend to improve efficiency over the first 60-100k. My three kids fit comfortably in the back seat, and eight air bags (including side curtain in rear seat) are standard, with two more optional. Nicely equipped at base price. DSG (automatic transmission) is smoothest auto I've ever driven. Just when I thought I couldn't find all the qualities I was looking for in one car, I found the Jetta TDI.
Pros: Handling,Performance & Comfort
Cons: Color choices
Advice: Go with a auto locater maybe fleet sales for deal pricesI suggest volks wagon give you the option of pre paying for speeding tickets yes it handles so well that you cant tell how fast you are going without looking at the speed-o-meter. If you are looking for fun buy one.
Pros: INTERIOR!!!: heated seats, dual air, automatic mirror/headlamps/wipers, trip computer, cd changer, rear AC, etc
Cons: Exterior looks at first. It grew on me though.
Advice: If there are still any out there, get a 2.5L 2005.5. I has all the goodies ;-)I bought the 2.5 (no package) with manual transmission. I love all the STANDARD features offered on my 2005.5 model. Unfortunately, for some of you out there who are shopping now, VW deleted most of these features from the base model and made them (expensive) options. Bad move VW! Back in 2005 the 2.5 was the absolute best value available on the market. For 2006 the 2.5 is still good but not amazing anymore. By the way, the automatic transmission is rated for 0-60 at 9.1 seconds. Since the manual transmission time was nowhere available, I tested it myself with a stop-clock. First, I tested an automatic 2.5 and got excactly 9.1 seconds. Confident in my experimental procedure, I tested my manual. I did 0-60 in 8.1 seconds (I'm originally from Germany, so I know a few tricks when it comes to make the most out of a manual). Even more, since I had to shift to third at around 58 mph (rev limiter), I tested my 0-58 mph and got 7.7 seconds. Imagine if the rev limiter were set just a little higher... Bottom line: With a manual this car (2.5) is actually zippy!