By on June 14, 2010

Apparently these press images were embargoed until tomorrow… and yet here they are. But who, you might ask, would risk being boarded by Volkswagen commandos in order to deliver these images to the huddled masses, yearning for a a glimpse of the new blandness? Oh right, it says Auto Express on the picture. According to the embargo-running Brits, this is the first Jetta to be more than a Golf with a trunk: thanks to VW’s new modular architecture, the wheelbase has been extended for more rear-seat legroom. More details when Volkswagen is good and ready, likely sometime tomorrow.

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49 Comments on “2011 Volkswagen Jetta Image Embargo Busted...”


  • avatar
    boyphenom666

    Looks like a Corolla or a Civic (not the current version).

  • avatar
    mjz

    They shouldn’t have bothered with an embargo. They could have just shown photos of the current model. It doesn’t look any different. That new corporate nose is really dull, and do they have to put it on EVERY VW, with little or no variation? Yeah, I wanna buy a $65,000 plus Phaeton with a grill that looks just like a $17,000 Golf.

  • avatar
    Bancho

    I disagree. It’s much less Corolla-ish than the current model. Not much in the way of Civic there either (to my eye). It seems to be a great improvement over the model it replaces.

    @mjz:
    Conversely, for $17k you get a Jetta that looks like a Phaeton. Not such a bad deal when you consider the Jetta is more of a bread and butter car than the Phaeton.

  • avatar
    hreardon

    It looks a heluva lot better than the outgoing model, but that really ain’t saying much.

    Similar to the concept shown a few months ago, but nowhere near as aggressive, unfortunately. The show car had real presence.

  • avatar
    Amendment X

    Styling looks good, no gimmicks. Too large though. Should really be the Passat. This looks at least a mid-size.

  • avatar
    Power6

    It looks good.

    Blandness has its virtues, though I think this Jetta is more of a “appealingly understated” look IMO.

    I owned an old 88 Mazda MX-6 GT for some years in the early 00s. I thought it looked a bit dated but I had a lot of people asking me if it was a “’95 or a ’96” and the like. If you know these cars you know that the Ford version was the Probe. It was more exciting looking when it was new while the MX-6 was considered bland. By ’00 the Probe was a fesitval of ’80s aero-silliness while my Mazda was just a nicely proportioned little coupe. Bland is not always a bad thing in the long haul.

    There is only bland and polarizing(aka ugly) it seems, when it comes to journalisitc cliches about new cars…guess you’re not feeling the need to stray from the norm today Edward?

    If you squint enough, everything looks like Corolla, why even take the time to comment with those played out internet memes…

  • avatar
    gslippy

    They’re not even real photographs. At least Kia showed the new Forte in bright blue rather than business gray; VW is not demonstrating the marketing prowess it takes to reach 1 million in sales by 2016.

    The boredom wasn’t worth the wait.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Bancho:
    The trouble is it looks like a grill from a $17,000 car, not a $65,000 model.

    • 0 avatar
      Bancho

      Respectfully, the grill isn’t the issue at all. The idea of a $65000 VW was, and is, the problem (regardless how brilliant the Phaeton turned out to be). The grill works perfectly well on the Jetta.

  • avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    How much does it weigh?

    It looks light, but it’s probably 3600+ lbs, which is just too fatty boom batty.

    Though diesel would be nice..

  • avatar
    Brian E

    There are signs of cost-cutting in the interior, which is worrisome. Note the cheaper gauges for the manual climate control, and the multifunction display between the gauges is not the large color model featured in the comment. The nav system is the new RNS-315 model that will also be appearing in the 2011 Golf and GTI, replacing the larger-screened RNS-510. The lack of controls on the right side of the steering wheel is a bit odd, but I think that goes along with the elimination of the trip computer.

    Between this and the elimination of the IRS on all but one model, I think VW is losing it. They could sell plenty of $20-25k Jettas with new mini-A4 styling if they were all equipped with the 2.0T instead of the agricultural inline 5. Maybe VW’s afraid of stepping on big brother Audi’s toes, but I just don’t think they can compete in the lower end of the market effectively.

  • avatar
    Bill Owen

    Love the Audi rear end… not.

  • avatar
    carguy

    VW didn’t need an embargo, the styling is so invisible that no one would have noticed it anyway.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    I think it is infinitely more attractive than the current one – can’t wait to see the wagon version. Jettas hit a high point in looks with the MKIV, up until that point they were homely at best. I had both a MKII 2dr and a MKI GLI in college. I would have rather had a Golf, but beggers can’t be choosers, I was a starving college student.

    As to color, the Germans seem to have forgotten what color is – the current Jetta is avaiable in exactly ONE actual color – red. Everything else is some sort of shade between black and white, including gray-blue, and gray green. BLAH!

    Count me in on those who would like to have some COLOR both inside and outside of cars! My Saab 9-3 would be stunning with a dark red interior, instead of almost white.

    • 0 avatar
      EEGeek

      Don’t hold your breath for the wagon – it’s not changing much anytime soon. I read that for 2011 they are removing “Jetta” and simply calling it “Sportwagen” since the platforms have diverged. We’ll see, I suppose…

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      The Jetta wagon is the Golf wagon everywhere else in the world (including Canada now) and, yes, it won’t be updated quite yet — probably around the time the Golf Mk VII is introduced.

  • avatar
    ihatetrees

    Compared to previous Jettas, it’s not bad. But if they continue with current styling trends, the side windows will completely disappear by 2018.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    Looks a lot like the prior generation Acura TSX to me.

    • 0 avatar
      Brian E

      Well, it’s a clean 3-box sedan. There are only so many ways to cut that mold. I see a lot of current generation A4 in it too. The TSX didn’t have that same lower cut line.

  • avatar
    NickR

    Quite a design breakthrough. Sarcasm aside, at least there isn’t too much needless artifice.

    And you may be able to see out which I have found is fairly beneficial.

  • avatar
    Dr Strangelove

    Looks great – very well proportioned, clean and straightforward design. Much better, and more VW than the previous gen. Easier on the eyes and more elegant than the much-hyped Sonata for example. The rear end is a bit too much Audi A4 though, but I guess that is just de’Silva’s style.

  • avatar
    N8iveVA

    it’s decent looking, but there’s nothing original about it. The interior looks pretty much like all VeeDubs from the past couple of years. The front end with the latest corporate face looks like everything they make right now, and the tail lights look like they’re lifted right from a new A4 with almost no change.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Bancho:
    You are correct, that grill works perfectly well on the Jetta…and on the Golf, and on the Passat, and on the Toureg, and on the Tiguan, and on the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

    • 0 avatar
      Bancho

      VW’s really aren’t designed to excite. They are generally designed pretty conservatively. The grill is much cleaner looking than the mess the current Jetta has and it does indeed work well on their other offerings. I’d say that it blends much better across a range of products than Chevy’s signature front end treatment. If it’s not your cup of tea then that’s fine. We’re all entitled to our opinions here.

  • avatar
    rmwill

    Hopefully VW will differentiate this bland design with brand aligned options such as a built in comb/scissor sterilizer, and possibly a first for the brand hair removal wax heater.

  • avatar
    Tommy Boy

    I’ll reserve judgment until I see it in the flesh, but in the photos it resembles the product of a one-night stand between a Volvo S80 and a Honda Accord.

  • avatar
    akitadog

    So this is next model year’s Jetta, but they just came out with the Mk6 Golf/GTI. Are they on different platforms or not? Why would VW diverge the platforms anyway? It doesn’t make business sense. Or is the idea to put the Mk7 on the Jetta platform as well? In which case, will we have a short-lived Mk6 like we did with the Mk5 in the US?

    Too many questions?

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      I don’t get it either. Their utilization of the Golf/Jetta platform seemed to be the best in the business for the MKV, IMO. You had a 2 door hatch, 4 door hatch, 4 door sedan, and 4 door wagon all on the same basic vehicle. Great for the owners because parts could easily swap over.

      This looks nice, but blends in too much. As an MKV GTI owner, I probably wouldn’t buy a Jetta sedan anyway, but this does make me wonder what will happen to the Golf.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      The new Jetta is a mix of the PQ35 (aka A5) platform (on which Golf Mk V and Mk VI are based), and the new upcoming modular MQB system (which will span everything from the Polo to the Passat). Plus some PQ34 platform components on the low-end models (read: rear suspension).

      The next Golf will be on the MQB; the new Jetta is an intermediate step along the way. So it’s not really a divergence.

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    A little bit of 10 year old 5-series, some Volvo S60, a dash of TSX, etc. Very generic, but maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.

    If VW can make a decent competitor to the Civic, they don’t need it to be beautiful. They need it to be reliable and reasonably priced, with a superior interior and fun to drive. As long as it isn’t ugly, they’re in the hunt.

  • avatar
    Flipper

    I like it. . . but the doors could be off a Ford Fusion

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    I don’t know…why bother?
    Would you buy this car over a Mazda6?
    I always thought VW designs boring.
    Nice feel when driving, but just not good looking cras, except the GTI.
    That or the Jetta sportswagen.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      For some reason, I could not open any more than the one front/side shot on TTAC.
      After seeing the rear on another sight, I am liking the new look.
      Yes, it’s a little Audi like, but that’s all the better for VW.
      I like the rear look…but agree with many above that VW front ends are lame.

  • avatar
    tmkreutzer

    After the horrible experience I’ve had with my 2002 Golf I’ll never buy a VW again – no matter how bland they make them.

  • avatar
    JSF22

    You have to admit it’s handsomer than the bloated Corolla they’re selling now, but I don’t see it becoming the must-have car on college campuses that the 1999-2004 version was. I just hope that in VW’s avowed quest to quadruple sales their driving dynamics don’t become as indistinct as their design.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    Now that the photos have leaked, every other car company on the planet will copy them. OMG, they alrady did!! I miss the old straight-up, so-square-they’re-cool Jettas. This is just meh.

  • avatar
    rpn453

    Looks good to me. I’d say it’s an improvement.

  • avatar
    rpiotr01

    Reminds me of my old ’98 Accord. That’s a good thing.

  • avatar
    mjz

    You would think VW would have learned a lesson with the CC, which is handily outselling the boring boxy Passat in North America. The CC is beautifully styled, and a great value. This new Jetta should have followed in that direction. Instead we get another dull evolutionary design of a previous dull evolutionary design. If VW is smart, they’ll do a CC version of this new Jetta (BB?)and sell it for around $25,000. They’ll never get to a million units with blandmobile designs and questionable reliability issues.

  • avatar
    DearS

    I won’t not buy a car just cause it looks plain, but seriously this is such a poor looking show of spirit. I like the new Golf person, so maybe I’ll like this too, but not so far. Its like if having a sense of style is forsake, which in society is treated as such, hence this car.

  • avatar
    v65magnafan1

    With front, side, rear and rollover impact requirements, pedestrian impact requirements, and fuel economy requirements, plus mechanical access requirements and entry-egress requirements, I understand why current autos pretty much look the same.

    Thanks. I’ll hold on to my 2000 Crown Vic. It’s comfortable, distinctive, safe, cheap to fix (not that it needs repairs) and it’s paid for. Insurance premiums? No one steals ‘em. No one crashes ‘em.

    If my son takes it on dates, I tell him to tell his prospects that he believes in saving money at this point in his mid-twenties life. If the girl doesn’t agree, she’s not for him.

  • avatar
    silverkris

    Well, what about the big bugaboo – reliability? Has Vee-dub fixed that?

  • avatar
    Rusted Source

    I don’t understand why people refuse to let a Jetta be a Jetta?

    There’s so much overlap when it comes to design nowadays (some TTAC readers called the new M37 a glorified Hyundai Elantra), but it seems like the Jetta is a favorite whipping-boy for the masses. “Looks like a Corolla” could have been submitted to Webster’s as consideration for contemporary language.

    Here’s my litmus test, years later. The now previous-generation of Jettas continue to catch my eye as time goes on, especially with the application of upscale elements (chrome and the like), where as the Corolla continues to look as plain and boring as the day it was released.

    Someone better send some images to Toyota so they know how to redesign their next Corolla so as not to upset the balance of those who enjoy these broad generalizations.

    The days of unique design are pretty much gone. We’ve gone into the realm of grotesque (i.e. Acura) just to make sure every avenue has been exhausted, and Hyundai surprised us with the Sonata.

    Otherwise it’s time to set up your matrix for each model out there so you can complete the values in the adjacent column where the heading says “Looks like…”

  • avatar
    mtypex

    Nicer than the current model’s design.


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