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2017 Volkswagen Jetta Walk Around


Being nondescript isn’t necessarily a drawback in terms of attracting buyers. The Jetta hasn’t changed much since its 2011 redesign, yet customers keep buying, unconcerned about fashion trends. Updates along the way, including several freshenings for 2016, have been subtle, noticeable only to Jetta advocates.

Basically, the Jetta is a simple example of the familiar three-box sedan profile, with compact dimensions. Slab-type bodysides dominate the design. Up front, a three-bar grille extends into the bumper, creating a nose that fits neatly into Volkswagen’s corporate styling themes.

Interior

Like its exterior, the Jetta cabin retains its conservative, straightforward nature. As a benefit, its upright profile translates to easy entry and exit. Drivers can also expect satisfying rearward visibility.

Spacious in front and rear, the Jetta is among the larger sedans in the compact category. As a result, four adults can ride in comfort, with ample head and leg room, while hauling a substantial amount of luggage. Five will fit, too, at least for shorter jaunts.

Back-seat passengers enjoy plenty of legroom: 38.1 inches, to be precise. Even with a sunroof installed, cabin space is ample all around, with no sense of confinement. Still, heads of tall riders might touch the headliner fabric. Back doors open quite wide, making entry/exit easy. All Jettas have fold-down rear seatbacks, activated by trunk-mounted levers, which reveal a slim pass-through.

With 15.7 cubic feet of cargo volume, the trunk is quite spacious. One demerit: large elbow-shaped hinges protrude into the cargo space.

Large round instruments convey a classic-VW look. Drivers might notice that the steering wheel is positioned slightly closer to the center than usual, but the driving position isn’t really affected. Numerous surfaces in lower-end models are hard plastic. Front seats are comfortable, with sufficient side bolstering.

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