To our surprise, the Jetta appears to provide a little more comfort than the Golf. Which is, of course, a bit on the strange side considering that beside a different suspension setup and weight, the two are almost identical. We are of course talking about the suspension comfort, since everything else that can influence it is configurable.
Beside some pretty good handling the rear multilink setup can also provide a nice, comfy ride. It can soak up almost any road imperfection as long as we're not talking about off-roading or actual asphalt craters. The ride is sporty but not bouncy, and the added weight in the rear can make it a little more stable than the Golf at higher speeds.
Although our car wasn't equipped with the optional shell-like sports seats, the seating arrangement is firm in true Germanic nature and the lateral support is more than adequate. The interior features would be best noted as average, since our test car wasn't fully equipped with Volkswagen's latest comfort options. Although completely unneeded in the desert-like weather we drove the car, we had the optional three-stage heated front seats, which could provide a nice place for your tooshie in those cold winter mornings when you have to drive to work.
Considering this isn't exactly a premium compact sedan, teh Jetta also benefits from a pretty good acoustic comfort. This is most likely thanks to the gasoline engine, which isn;t very intrusive from this point of view as long as you don't over rev it (which we did more than once just to hear the high-pitched notes).Continue reading