Tag: Volkswagen Jetta
Many people have a hard time looking past the exterior of a car to see what it’s really made of when shopping around for that next vehicle. That’s why so many of us pick up the nice looking cars that don’t have any oomph and that drive like bloated minivans with little to no steering feel. Ideally a car will look and drive great all at the same time, but that’s generally limited to less-than-practical sports cars and luxury vehicles that simply aren’t feasible to many, or something that makes sense to others. That’s why buyers focused on handling and performance more than owning a flashy car will be so interested in the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta. Sure it’s a bit plain looking, and it isn’t going to turn many heads, but man can it drive.
And Drive and Drive Some More!
The Jetta drives really well. Surprisingly well in fact, if you’re expecting the bland performance you would experience behind the wheel of a Prius, a Camry, or heck most of the Toyota lineup. What you get from the Volkswagen Jetta is a performance car in disguise. It looks like a practical family hauler, but in reality it’s a lithe and agile beast ready to take on sharp corners and to weave in and out of any obstacles that head its way.
The Jetta is front wheel drive, and it corners really well. You’ll feel every little impression of the road, but it’s not a rough rider. You get comfort while behind the wheel and exact steering to help you follow that perfect racing line around every corner. The Jetta is powerful and lightweight with 170 HP at around 3,000 lbs. It speeds up with ease and the automatic transmission effortlessly rolls through the gears up to the upper register as you travel. There’s no catching, no stuttering, accelerating is nearly seamlessly and very easy.
It’s not Bad Looking
The Jetta isn’t a bad looking vehicle at all, though it is a bit plain. The car has nice crease lines, a slightly aggressive front end and chrome trim in all the right places. It looks like a pretty standard upscale vehicle, it just doesn’t stand out. When you drive the Jetta amongst other vehicles it blends right in. For some people this is perfectly fine and there’s no reason to want to stand out. For the others that want something a bit more edgy a luxury car is the only way to get it with excellent driving mechanics as well.
A Bundle of Features
The Jetta comes with a nice media system that’s easy to use and offers most of the connectivity that you could want. You’ll be able to plug in your MP3 player, iPhone, Android phone or anything else that you happen to have with you to listen to music. On top of that, you’ll also be able to enjoy Satellite radio, or listen to standard radio stations on the touchscreen display. The vehicle comes with the option to have a whole bunch of other tech features added in as well. There’s automatic lighting for those that don’t want to deal with flipping between high and low beams while driving at night. There’s also rain-sensing wipers to take care of cleaning off your windshield as you drive around.
The 2016 Jetta has a lot to offer to drivers interested in the drive more than anything else. That’s exactly why it’s worth testing out. Sure it isn’t a sexy car, but it’s powerful, fun and feature rich. That’s why you should consider the vehicle. Sure it won’t be for everyone, but someone that wants a good drive without sacrificing basic amenities will enjoy the Jetta.
The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) recently put together a comprehensive list of the best vehicles for teen drivers to operate. Each of the vehicles on this list is used because 83% of parents purchase used vehicles for their teens. While choosing the vehicles the IIHS considered teen safety and try to come up with a balanced vehicle that provides plenty of protection while helping teens avoid the temptation to drive recklessly. More than five different Volkswagen vehicles showed up on that list. So fear not VW lovers, you should have no problem getting your child a good reliable Volkswagen to drive around.
When compiling the list the IIHS put together two separate lists. A Best list offering the safest options at under $20,000 and a Good list at below $10,000. While the Good list is not going to offer as much protection as Best list cars, they will be leaps ahead of cars that didn’t make either list.
- VW Passat 2009 and newer
- VW Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen 2009 and newer
- VW Tiguan 09 and newer
- VW Routan 2012
- Volkswagen Passat 2006 to 2009
- Volkswagen Routan 2009 to 2011
Why they Made the List
The IIHS looked at a bunch of different factors in order to determine which vehicles were eligible to make the list. One of the first and most important of these factors is the size of the vehicle. Larger vehicles handle impacts better than small ones do, and this is why no mini or compact cars were on the list. They also avoided recommending any vehicles with high levels of horsepower that could encourage teens to speed more. ESC systems are built into each of the vehicles and safety ratings were looked at closely before making the final decision.
Choosing a Modern Vehicle
Many parents decide to get their children older vehicles because they know that teens drive recklessly and are more likely to damage the vehicle. Unfortunately this is backwards thinking as far as safety is concerned because the new vehicles have the best safety features. All of the VW vehicles listed in the Best choices section were 2009 models and newer because they come equipped with side airbags as well as advanced traction control systems that make staying on the road an easier task. Parents can also get away with getting their children a Passat that’s as old as 2006, but will be sacrificing a few safety features that the newer cars are equipped with.
By following this list you should be able to get your teen driver a good solid vehicle that will help them stay out of trouble and provide them with a safe haven if they do get into a fender bender. Just be sure that you consider how safe a vehicle is before putting your teen in it for the first time. Thanks to the IIHS used car list you should be able to find a vehicle for your child no matter what your price range is.
America is a melting pot, people come to this country from all over the world for kinds of different reasons, and here at LAcarGUY, we are a microcosm of that. We have a great diversity of people that we are proud to call employees here at LAcarGUY.
As part of a new feature we want to highlight some of the great people who work here, and help you, be it as a sales person, a service technician or someone in the back office. The first person we are going to feature is Gorkem Gercek, one of the Product Specialist at Pacific Volkswagen.
Gorkem was born in and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, on the European side. Istanbul is a unique city in a number of different ways, one of them is it is a city that is on two continents, both European continent and the Asian continent separated by the Bosphorus Straights, one of the busies sea lanes in the world.
Gorkem was born into a Volkswagen family, it’s all his family has every owned! So, it should come as no surprise that his first car was a Beetle, and then after that, he owned five Polo’s before coming to America for college in 2007.
When you are born into a Volkswagen family, and are a Volkswagen enthusiast, and you have to write your thesis for your M.B.A., what’s your subject? “How Volkswagen Can Better Cater To The U.S. Market”!
It’s interesting that many of the points in Gorkem’s thesis, more affordable, better distribution, focus on value, are many of the items VW, has move towards in the last few years. While he was at National University here getting his M.B.A. what car did he buy? Why a Volkswagen of course! It’s a 1998 Wolfsburg Edition Jetta, and it’s daily driver still.
We asked Gorkem what makes you stand out at Pacific Volkswagen. He said that everyone comes to him with questions about Volkswagen’s because he knows the products and the brands worldwide. A great example was recently one of his colleagues at Pacific Volkswagen came to him and asked if VW make pickup’s because he saw a a pickup with VW badging over the weekend. Gorkem was able to show him pictures of the Amarok, which is sold in Mexico and throughout Asia.
We asked Gorkem is there was a car in Volkswagen’s world lineup that he’d like to see sold in America that is not, and he said without a doubt it’s the Polo. He feel’s it’s a great car for what young people are asking for. A small, really affordable car ($15,000-$16,000) that also is safe and gets great fuel economy. He points out that the BlueMotion TDI Clean Diesel gets over 70MPG!
We are proud to have Gorkem on our team at Pacific Volkswagen, and if you have any questions about VW’s world wide, he’s your man. The next time you stop in, make sure you say hello.
This Saturday and Sunday is The West Hollywood Auto Show on the World Famous Sunset Strip across from The Roxy. In addition to all the coolest new cars, come for the live entertainment, food, fun, photo booth and more surprises, and LAcarGUY is the presenting sponsor.
We will have nine vehicles and a salesman at this even both Saturday and Sunday from each of our stores involved, Fisker Santa Monica, Toyota Hollywood, Subaru Pacific, Lexus Santa Monica and Volkswagen Santa Monica. We will have our tent set up and small give aways available. The cars we will have on display will include:Toyota Rav 4
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Prius C
- Subaru XV Crosstrek
- Subaru Outback
- Lexus ES
- Lexus CT
- Volkswagen Jetta
- VW – Beetle
- Fisker Karma
The event is free to the public and starts at 11am each day and runs until 5pm, and we expect huge crowds!
The location is on Sunset Blvd, Across the street from the ROXY Theatre. 8950 West Sunset Blvd.
Hope to see you out there!