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Volkswagen has made a big deal about the 2011 Jetta's $15,995 starting price. After all, how many times have you seen those commercials that show a guy working hard to afford the new Jetta, only to find out that it's starting price had been lowered. And then there's the baby-holding dad that drops his cup as the baby drops his bottle after checking out the German sedan's bargain-basement MSRP.

At any rate, you can pick up your cup and get back to work, because the starting price of the Jetta has now been increased by $500. The VW website clearly shows that the S model, which comes equipped with an anemic 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a scant 115 horsepower, now starts at $16,495.

This isn't exactly great news for Jetta-loving budget shoppers, but we hear rising commodity costs is making it more expensive to build vehicles these days, so it isn't totally unexpected. On the bright side, only the entry S model has been given a price bump. The rest of the Jetta lineup is unchanged.


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      Gubbins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe $250.00 of that $500.00 can be put back into the cost-cut cabin? Add that chintzy cabin to the dull exterior and you have a real embarrassment. (The remaining $250.00 can go towards electrical system quality)
        The T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gubbins
        The Jetta was the leader in interior design, quality, and materials for well over 10 years. In one fell swoop, VW sent it to the back of pack.
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The T
          And selling better than ever now. Maybe not everyone is willing to pay for the same things you are willing to pay for?
          Gubbins
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The T
          Completely agree--VW's cabins were excellent...and some still are...but this one is customer kryptonite.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gubbins
        I don't think the new VWs have as many of those electrical problems as they used to have. I have an 07 VW and it has never had really any problems with it. I would say they should put all $500 back into the interior.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most people buy VW's to be different than the Corolla/Civic owner. Now they have a car just as bland on the inside and outside with a base engine that was outdated in the 1990's. The 1.8T is an efficient engine that has been around for a long time with the tooling long paid for. It is still used in the european market That would have made more sense than either the 2.0 or the 2.5. I hope the GLI will bring an interior that is up to VW standards.
      Keven Fitzpatrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Jetta is still the most sophisticated, upscale, and grown up looking car among the Civic/Corolla/Elantra/Cruze. The Focus, now there's another no-fuss great looking European sedan. There's really no denying it, especially on upper trim level cars - the car looks like it's in a class up from a Civic or Corolla. The entire car screams Audi A4, instead of "cheap Asian tincan" like the preposterously ugly 2011 Corolla and cartoon-ish 2012 Civic do. You know it's funny - the automotive press and VW enthusiasts in general uphold different standards for VW, they expect them to do more than their Asian competition. If this "2011 jetta" were unveiled as the 2011 Civic or Corolla (especially the Corolla), the press would be hooting and hollering at how "great" the car handled, how much more "mature" the design got, how the dual clutch DSG and TDI offerings were "earth shattering". But of course when VW does it, all that gets noticed is the interior quality, interior quality might I add which falls right in line with what the Asian competition offer, interior quality that is actually better than a Corolla or Civic (seriously, has anybody driven these cars recently?). One thing's for sure, the ergonomics are certainly spot on, better than the Asians. So here we have it - a competent, well-built car (try slamming the doors on a Corolla and see how they sound..I'll help you - like a nightmare), with an interior that is perfectly acceptable by this class standards. The press gets all hot about how the Elantra has better quality than the Jetta. I'm sorry, really? last time I checked, the headliner on Jetta was twice as substantial, the doors sounded like bank vaults versus tin cans, and the heft of every control felt just like it would on a Bentley that has the same switch gear. I won't even get into trying to prove how the Corolla or new Civic have deplorable interior quality, worse than this Jetta. but yet all through it, you have fools like Consumer Reports, who are judging a car not based on what it is, but what it used to be. I'll say it again - if this Jetta were released by ANY other manufacture, especially Toyota, it would be heralded as a new day. The fact that CR came out and said the Jetta now has "compromised handling" is one of the most nonsensical delusions they have ever peddled, and in one fell swoop, they proved they should not be in the business of reviewing cars.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Apologies in advance to VW fanboys, but that has to be one the blandest non-descript looking cars on the amerket today. A Ford Fusion or Toyota Camry parked next to it would look positively quirky and full of character by comparison..
        CLASSIFIED
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        Well some people like subtlety. I know I do, and seeing the new Jetta in person I thought it looked fantastic.
      bricko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whatever the amount,,,,its to much. The car is crap. Junk from the inside out. Low quality materials. Completely gutted of good materials. Consumers made an astounding statement about it. They said its the worse car they have ever tested. Now that is a dinger if Ive heard one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bricko
        [blocked]
      Orin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's still a Toyota Corolla with a VW badge in the grille. They'll be doing incentives that more than offset the price bump in short order...
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Orin O'Neill
        Except a Toyota Corolla won't have pieces falling off or electrical quirks.
          JackS
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          Nor that piece of crap motor VW decided to insult the US market with.
          CLASSIFIED
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          No but it'll accelerate you into a wall -_-
          Tanooki2003
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          That actually better fits the profile of pretty much any GM compact car released before the Cruze
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          And the Corolla's instrument cluster isn't so cheap looking even BYD would say "no thanks, we've got a reputation to uphold."
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      The $550 justified by what? It's worse than the generation it replaces, less features, less overall value and yet they have the audacity to charge more for it? And it's not like it's any reliable either...
      Andrius
      • 3 Years Ago
      2.0l 115hp??? 2011 best engine fail
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrius
        The European Jetta needs 1.4l for 120 hp. But it's also a LOT more expensive...
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      $500 more for THAT?
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm..... This is a bad move on their part. The new Jetta is getting lots of hits from the media and the car is definitely worse than the previous generation. The last generation car was fabulous and was very substantial. This car is a joke with the base powertrain, interior, and suspension.
        Mondrell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Agreed. Along with mistiming a downmarket run, their effort not only regresses from the standard set by the Gen.V car, new competition from Ford, Chevy, and Hyundai/Kia have exposed the new Jetta as a project run primarily by the accountants, and we have plenty of precedents to show how that'll go in the long term. Though I'm leery about ever owning a VAG product, I hope that in becoming more rooted in North America via the Chattanooga operation that they're able to better balance substance and affordability for Gen.VII. More of this won't work, especially when despite dialing back the complexity of technology used in the car, VW reliability is still near the bottom of the heap.
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know what's sad? I actually like the idea of this car. Make a model lean and cheap. But man, did they ever screw up. They should have called it the "Fox" or something, rather than alienating one of their most loyal fan-bases.
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, if you want to be more profitable, just yank this insult off the market and start selling MkIV or even MkIII Jettas instead. The tolling is paid for and they're better cars...!
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