Honestly, the Volkswagen Jetta isn't quite the greatest-looking sedan in the world, but it's not ugly either. Boring and numb yes, but it's not downright ugly. This is actually a great quality in some people's minds. Yes, numbness can be a quality of design sometimes. More people than you'd think actually appreciate not standing out from the crowd and enjoy the the intrinsic qualities of a car rather than its capacity to bring its owner into the spotlight. This is probably the main quality of the Jetta. It's a "politically correct" compact family sedan which offers the basics and doesn't stand out.
The worst part about our test car was obviously the non-working ABS and ESP units, but we would rather speak about the Jetta 1.4 TSI in general when it comes to this model's main downside. What we all unanimously observed during our short test drive was the car's inability to stand out as a better buy in front of its TDI siblings. Sure, the 1.4 TSI engine is quite the engineering marvel for its petite size, but only when we're comparing it with a similarly powerful gasoline engine. The fact is in its single-turbo 122 horsepower form, the 1.4 TSI doesn't really strike out as the better choice when it comes to fuel economy, nor does it offer a more pleasurable drive. It only becomes more pleasurable to drive if you do it in a very non-economical manner, thus compromising its fuel efficiency.
The ugly part about the Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI is probably its contradicting design. It looks like a blinged-out Golf V from the front, while the rest of the car is trying too much to resemble the Passat. The result is almost like a bad Chinese VW Passat replica, which is anything but flattering to either model.Continue reading