2012 VW Jetta Changes And Features – The 2012 VW Jetta is spacious and more reasonably priced than before. This midsize sedan can stand out against other more dynamic rivals due to its generous interior and cargo space, advanced electronics instruments and better economy diesel model. Drawbacks include unresponsive automatic transmission, poor interior materials, deaden steering and gasping base engine. Compared to the previous model, there are only minor changes for the new model after fully redesigned last model year.
2012 VW Jetta Features
There are 6 trim levels for the new Jetta, the Base, the S, the SE, the SEL, the SEL Premium and the TDI. The Base trim features standard 15-inch steel wheels, power windows and locks, front seats height adjuster, fabric upholstery and a split-folding 60/40 backseat. The Jetta TDI gets satellite radio, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, Bluetooth heated windshield washer nozzles, trip computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system, an iPod interface, rear disc brakes a front and rear center armrest, sunroof, cruise control, storage box, a touchscreen interface, and better vinyl upholstery. The 2012 VW Jetta TDI with optional navigation system can have exterior chrome trim, foglamps, manual lumbar front seat adjustment, keyless entry and ignition, and the touchscreen audio and navigation system.
2012 VW Jetta Engine
The Base and S Jetta is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 115 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque mated with a standard five-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed automatic. The automatic Jetta returns 29 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 25 combined EPA-estimated fuel economy while the manual Jetta returns 34/24/28 mpg. A 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine gives power for the SE, SEL and SEL Premium model generating 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 8.4 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from zero for a manual SEL model. 2012 VW Jetta TDI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel engine good for 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.