(KCBS) – Volkswagen must have given its Japanese and Korean competitors a shock when it announced the price of the Jetta SE–$20,000 even for a nicely equipped sedan with simulated leather interior.
Performance also is impressive – the inline 5 cylinder, 2.5 liter 170 horsepower engine is combined with a 6-speed automatic to give lively starts–not quite as smooth or quiet as the best 6s, but on the road, it’s their equal.
Inside VW has installed the best imitation leather I’ve seen–a material in white that probably will last longer than some cowhide. The 6-way driver seat does the job with mechanical controls, the tilt-telescope steering column ensures roominess while accommodations in back are generous. The trunk will handle your pet elephant.
Ride and handling are average to good. Standard features include cruise control, stability control, and anti–slip. Navigation is not included in this model.
Mileage–in the low 30s on the road. Price–fully equipped–$20,065. That’s a few hundred to a few thousand less than comparably equipped rivals.
-Don Mozley, Auto Test Editor
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