Volkswagen Jetta 2012Posted: April 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 New Car Models, Volkswagen | Leave a comment »
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is a midsize sedan available in S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, TDI and GLI trim levels. Available with gas or diesel engine, the five-seat Jetta competes with Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Suzuki Kizashi.
The new 2012 Volkswagen Jetta has been completely overhauled, inside and out. Its new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor – resulting in superior performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.2 inches long, 57.2 inches tall and 70 inches wide, it is more than 2.9 inches longer than previous Jettas.
On the front end of the car, the design is defined by prominent horizontal lines. The high-gloss black radiator grille and the car’s trapezoidal headlights help create a distinct look. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the V-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides and the shoulder section provides dynamic and muscular styling.
A common conceptual thread throughout the car is the intuitive controls and well-arranged instruments. Along with new redesigned steering wheel, drivers will enjoy a more comfortably and ergonomically designed gear shift grip. Further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and navigation systems. The console section is also slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit. Additionally, the round instruments are now in a more optimal viewing range with the multifunction display located between them.
All 2012 Volkswagen Jetta S sedans come standard with power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control and an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack. The 2012 Jetta SE adds vinyl upholstery, heated seats, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, a locking glovebox and floor mats. Leather trim on the steering wheel and audio controls on it come with a Convenience package. A Sunroof package adds touchscreen controls for the audio system and the retractable glass roof.
2012 Jetta TDI sedans are equipped like the SE with a touchscreen navigation system as an option. The Jetta SEL takes the SE’s standard equipment and adds 17-inch wheels, rear disk brakes, fog lamps and keyless entry. A Sport package with tighter suspension settings, grippy seats and metallic trim is available for this model.
The top-of-the-line Jetta GLI comes with an impressive powertrain (from GTI), sport bucket seats with red stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel with red details, aluminum pedals and interior trim, fog lamps and 17-inch wheels. Options include 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, dual zone climate control and heated front seats.
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta S come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2012 Jetta with this engine is 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway with the automatic and 24 mpg city / 34 mpg highway with the manual.
The 2012 Jetta SE and SEL get a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. It gets the same transmission as the S model. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway for the automatic and 23 / 33 mpg for the manual.
The 2012 Jetta TDI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel inline-4 that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and Volkswagen’s six-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox is optional. The 2012 Jetta GLI comes with an 2.0-liter TSI engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and it is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Optional on the GLI is the 6-speed DSG manual transmission.
Standard safety features of 2012 Volkswagen Jetta include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for the both rows, active front head restraints and more.