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2011 Volkswagen Jetta - Click above for a high-res image gallery

After spending time with the Jetta sedan last year, we came away mostly impressed by its performance and looks. V-Dub's bread-and-butter model is handsome enough to keep buyers interested, but every design gets stale and after wearing the same duds since 2004, VW is working on all-new sheetmetal for the 2011 model year.

KPG caught the new Jetta Sedan undergoing hot-weather testing in Arizona, and while most of the shots show little more than swaths of black camo, the heat and wind worked away at the adhesive to reveal crisper lines, a swoopier roof, a more angled rear side window and some snazzy looking taillights.

VW is calling the revised Jetta its "New Compact Sedan" and the Jetta name is in no danger of being changed. Expect the 2011 Jetta to take aim at the Civic and Corolla with a significant drop in its base price when it goes on sale late next year.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Drum brakes???
      Does it have a torsion beam axle, too? Sheesh.
      They use 20 year tech on brand new cars, sell them at a premium, have some of the highest maintenance costs in the auto industry, and they still can't money hand over fist??

      VW, go away.
      • 6 Years Ago
      /sigh one of the things that seperated VW from the pack lately has been their great interiors.... looks like they are about to go cheap in a big way to drive down the bottom line. Just when other automakers are realizing that people want classy small cars VW wants to take steps backwards
        • 6 Years Ago
        just like GM adn Toyota VW target to become the #1 will be it's downfall
        they have to go lower price to get he extra sales, so the interior seems to be in line for cust cutting
        too bad - I never would have owned one based on theire rterible reliability, but take away the interior and now they become unwanted
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. Their interiors were exemplary in a field of ho-hom. But, as the auto world has raved and raved about both VW and Audi's interiors (which granted are pleasant), it's as if both brands have grown terrified of innovating. Audi's copycat style per every model is SUCH a snore. Seems VW is finding itself gutless as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i guess they have to sacrifice something if they want to make the car cheaper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interior is a terrible disappointment as many mentioned... They were the pioneers who had it right in terms of solid design with nice details made out of very high quality materials starting late 90's and early 2000's - MK4 Golf and various Audis from the era come to mind. However, now they really are playing safe and not innovating anymore... many competitions have gone far and beyond... but their 2011 Model looks like... well.. so Y2K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tragic. Better grab those 2010 models next year while you still can. Upmarket aesthetics are what attracted me to VW. Now they seem to be joining every other automaker in the race to the bottom.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can I take your old one?
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's only partially true. In 2008, before the introduction of the SportWagen, the ratio of Jetta to Golf/Rabbit was closer to 2:1. Only in the last couple months did the ratio reach 6:1. And there are a couple of big reasons for that. First, the TDI was only offered on the Jetta and SportWagen and they've been selling as fast as VW can make them; the addition of TDI to the Golf should shift the ration back closer to 2:1 or 3:1. Second, the new Golf is going on sale shortly and VW has been running out the inventory of the Rabbit.

        The main reason the SportWagen was labelled as a Jetta is because American consumers are used to sedans spawning wagon variants. They are not used to hatchbacks being stretched into wagons. Of course, VW could simplify everything by labeling the Jetta as the Golf sedan.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Borgen: it was. VW makes better interiors than most. And the Gold and Jetta should have the same interior since they are fundamentally the same. But the competition is not sitting idle on interior design, while VW seems content with selling the same basic design generation after generation.

        Heck, some car mags are actually beginning to complain about ergonomic issues in Audi interiors. For the longest time, Audi was the benchmark of interior design. But Audi really hasn't changed their interiors much over the last few generations other than the addition of MMI, while the competition has drastically overhauled their interiors. The interior is the part that people interact with the most. It should receive more attention.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope so

        and jimbo,
        The golf and jetta have always had the same interior layout. So if it s disappointing to you now, it should have been disappointing to you since when the 1st shots of the MKVI golf/GTI came out
        • 6 Years Ago
        The reason that the wagon is sold as a Jetta in the U.S. rather than a Rabbit is because the sedan outsells its hatch brother 6:1. In fact, the wagon outsells the Rabbit/GTI itself.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cost cutting is not good always.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad about the interior. VW needs to take some risks and implement something actually exciting in the inside. Just gray everywhere...

      But the exterior looks awesome. I see some Audi, but it's a good thing. VW knows how to design cars to compliment every other car in the VAG lineup. It's amazing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, but you do. ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        meh agree to disagree, it seems the main reason we're not seeing a huge revision is that the mazda 3 is the only thing which comes close (and from a quality standpoint and some design bits, doesn't meet the bar the MkV set IMHO).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't you think that maybe the interior is just made up from the parts bin and is not the final design since this is a test model?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm thinking it probably is the new interior. The exterior appears production-ready, so the interior probably is as well and it looks similar to the the new interior in the Golf. It really looks disappointing. VW used to be the clear leader in interior design, but lately it looks like they're more focused in cutting costs and the competition has caught up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Zamafir: I never said anything about the Civic, or any other particular competitor. I just said that the competition has caught up. I'd say the Mazda 3 has a better interior (other than the nav system) and the Cruze and Forte aren't too far off. I also would not be surprised if the next Civic (due in 2011, the same time as the Jetta) gets a better interior than the current one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @jimbo, you're honestly saying the civic interior is on par with the MkV? in terms of quality of materials, placement of controls, everything?
        • 6 Years Ago
        tagline's right, it's production trim. oh wells, then again, it's not like the camry or civic interior are any better, i'd wager until they get the picture vw's not going to bring their CC game downmarket.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Drum brakes Jetta with red socks Bruno...a bad combo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW has decent interiors in current Toureg, CC, and GTI (particularly love the GTI and CC). Other model interiors are doo doo. Worst car was the Passat.. complete piece of crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ignorable car. Next !!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, they did a good job hiding the look, looks like when it stopped they even covered it. The front end looks alot lower maybe like the new Golf, the rear looks the same except for the lights. The dash looks '10 GTI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm haven't seen that one around here (in Marciopa, AZ, where they have their test facility) yet, but I'll keep my eye out for it.Saw a Sirocco earlier today, so sexy. Getting kinda late out here in AZ though, I think they head up to Alaska in Sept or Oct to start the cold-weather testing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I tell where some of that cost cutting is going with those rear drum brakes in the side view photo. From what I can tell it looks better than the current Jetta.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yup, taking a page out of honda's book, very disappointing.
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