Do you gaze longingly every time a Volkswagen Jetta passes you? What is it about those cars, so compact yet roomy, so sporty yet elegant? It seems like their owners know something no one else does, like they’re all part of some big, happy club where everyone in it bought the greatest car in the world and now they’re totally satisfied with their lives. Well, okay, that’s maybe stretching it a bit, but if you’ve fallen under the spell of Volkswagen, then you can surely understand what all the fuss is about.
If you haven’t fallen under the spell yet (you must not believe in love at first sight, huh?), there are dozens of reasons why you should purchase a Volkswagen Jetta for your next vehicle. If you don’t know anyone who has one and you haven’t read up on them, consider this your lucky day. We bring you five of the finest benefits of owning a Volkswagen Jetta.
Volkswagen has unveiled a new hybrid Jetta for 2013, hoping to get a piece of the high fuel-economy pie, but Jetta enthusiasts have loved their diesel engines for years, and not just for the superior fuel efficiency over regular gasoline engines (the Jetta TDI – turbocharged direct injection – will net you about 42 miles to the gallon on the highway and a whopping 30 in the city).
While diesel engines do generate more horsepower out of less fuel, they come with more compelling benefits than that. Thanks to their different compression types and air-to-fuel ratios, diesel produces lower emissions, especially when combined with superior ignition tuning and new filters. These lower CO2 levels also mean lower taxes.
Easier maintenance is another terrific facet of diesel engines, which can translate to a longer lifespan. Without an electronic fuel ignition system, diesel Jettas come with fewer repair costs, less likelihood of electrical failures and an altogether more reliable engine. If you read your owner’s manual, you’ll notice, too, that scheduled maintenance is spread out over a longer timeframe than with gasoline vehicles. (And while parts are specialized and can be expensive, there are options for keeping costs low, such as buying VW Jetta parts at partsgeek.com.)
Also, diesel engines produce greater torque, which affects pull loads and acceleration. Who hasn’t been guilty of a little stop light racing with the car next to them? Leave those unwitting neighbors in the dust!
In case you haven’t heard, Jettas consistently receive high ratings in safety. Nine Volkswagen models, including the Jetta, were named 2012 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Jetta received highest marks in moderate overlap front, side impact, rear and roof strength test results.
Durability and Reliability
Jettas, like all VWs, are built to last, and the phrase “German engineering” didn’t come from nowhere. The great thing about Jettas is that when it comes to durability and reliability, the value is in the details, both big and small. The engines are designed for a “woo-hoo!”-type drive, while the interior is beautifully crafted with sophisticated touches and elegant materials – all of which, if properly maintained, can be passed on to your family’s next generation of drivers.
Honda owners and Volkswagen owners can agree on one thing: it’s nice having a car with an excellent resale value. The Jetta in particular has claimed a spot on the Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Best Resale Value Cars, with a predicted five-year retained value of about 51 percent. If you’re the type who likes to change it up with your vehicles and go for the New Thing, purchasing a Jetta now will ensure that when you’re ready to trade it in or sell, you’ll get one of the highest return values possible.
What other brand of car invokes joyful punching in one instance or immediate nostalgia to the summer of 1969? When you buy a Jetta, you become part of the Volkswagen family, and they take care of their own (it’s like a less threatening version of “The Sopranos”). Such a big community of owners also means a large pool of Volkswagen Jetta parts to draw from. In fact, owning a Jetta is like owning a bit of iconography; that famous VW symbol is known the world over. Strangers often wave in passing when the common denominator is Volkswagen.
About the Author: Ted Handey is a contributing writer and lifelong Volkswagen fan who recently bought and refurbished a 1960s VW Bus, like the one he had in college. He hopes to pass it on to his son someday.