The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is a clean-slate reinterpretation of the automaker's most affordable sedan. Upsized to better compete against other new passenger cars, the 2011 Jetta provides additional rear seat room compared to the 2010 edition, and its styling is bolder than that of the outgoing model. Standard equipment is also up, although there is still the option of the Jetta Base that offers only steel wheels and power windows and door locks as its primary features.
Three engine choices can be had in the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, starting out with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that provides 115 horsepower and 32-mpg on the highway. Moving up to the available 2.5-liter four-cylinder introduces an additional 65 horsepower while lowering highway efficiency by only 1-mpg. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI's turbodiesel, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine eclipses most other new passenger cars in its class in terms of frugality, providing 42 highway miles per gallon to go with its 140 horsepower. A mix of six-speed automatic and manual transmissions handles the gear shifting duties for the 2011 Jetta.