2019 VW Jetta: Quick Impression.
Normal cars don't have to be boring... right?
There were a good array of “normal” cars at the RMDE earlier this year. Arguably none more so normal than the Jetta, however. Then again, normal might be the wrong word. “Boring” is probably more accurate. “Why was it boring?” There were a few reasons. Let’s delve into them.
The Engine Is Okay.
-Credit: VW. (This image is not representative of the actual engine in the vehicle).
There’s really nothing more to it than that. Perhaps it could be said the engine is quite “eager” at low speeds, but I suspect the faster you go the more you have to put your foot into the go pedal to get moving with any kind of spirit. With that being said, the MPG numbers might be the selling point of the Jetta, at an alleged 30 MPG city and 40 Highway.
Overall, it’s a good engine. However, nothing about it really sticks out. It (cliché to say) lacks character.
The Ride Was Also Okay.
Once again, nothing much to report here. It rode well and dealt with the bumps pleasantly well.
The Interior Puzzles Me.
Don’t get me wrong, the interior is a pretty good one. While I dislike how the air vents in the center stack are below the infotainment screen (compared to on the side or on top like most cars), and that the instrument cluster is just a boring screen, the rest of it is pretty OK (like the rest of the car). However, the one thing that puzzles me is how the dashboard is “driver oriented”.
This isn’t (necessarily) a bad thing. What makes no sense is why the same design feature isn’t on the sportier Arteon. Really, the car with the sportier roofline, overall design and I’d bet you sportier driving dynamics doesn’t have a driver-oriented dashboard. Very odd indeed.
Nevertheless, the interior of the Jetta is a pleasant place to be. Quite mature looking if I’m being honest.
When all is said and done, the Jetta is good transportation. It’s comfortable, efficient, smooth, and powerful enough for most people’s needs. Beyond that, there isn’t much setting the Jetta apart from competitors.
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