Body Styles, Trims, and Options
The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta is available in sedan and SportWagen body styles. The sedan is available in S, SE, SEL, Wolfsburg Edition, TDI and TDI Cup “Street” Edition trim levels. The SportWagen is available in S, SE and TDI trims.
The Jetta S comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors and washer nozzles, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, eight-way-adjustable front seats with power recline, heated front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat and an eight-speaker stereo with a single-CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The Jetta SE adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear-seat armrest, a sunroof (sedan only), two-tone leatherette vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (sedan only), Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer and satellite radio.
On top of this, the Jetta SEL sedan adds 17-inch wheels, a multifunction steering wheel, iPod integration and a trip computer. The Jetta TDI sedan is equipped similarly to the SEL sedan but comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. The TDI Cup “Street” Edition adds 18-inch wheels with all-season performance tires, a sport body kit, larger brakes with red calipers, the sport-tuned suspension from the GLI, cloth sport seats, and paddle shifters when equipped with the DSG transmission. The SportWagen TDI is equipped similarly to the SportWagen SE, but it adds a trip computer.
The Jetta Wolfsburg Edition is very similar to a SE sedan with a turbocharged engine, 17-inch wheels, and Wolfsburg badges.
Powertrains and Performance
There are three engines available for the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta. All S and SE trim levels, as well as the SEL sedan, are powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine powering 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional. In performance testing, a Jetta SE with the manual went from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates with the automatic are 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. Manual-equipped cars earn 1 fewer mpg in the city. In California and California-emissions states, this engine earns a squeaky-clean PZEV tailpipe emissions rating.
The 2010 Wolfsburg Edition sedan gets the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces a zesty 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, while VW’s slick dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission is optional. The Wolfsburg should sprint from zero to 60 mph in the 7-second range. The manual yields 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined, while opting for the DSG improves fuel economy to 24/32/27 mpg.
The Jetta TDI features a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that utilizes VW’s clean diesel technology, making this car compliant with all 50 states’ emissions requirements. This diesel engine produces 140 hp and a healthy 236 lb-ft of torque. With DSG, it goes from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds. The TDI shares the same six-speed manual and DSG transmission choices as the Wolfsburg. Fuel economy for the TDI with a manual transmission is estimated to be 30 mpg city/41 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined, while the DSG rates 30/42/34.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Rear side airbags are optional on all Jettas except the Wolfsburg.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Jetta sedan and SportWagen four out of five stars for frontal collision protection, and a perfect five stars for side protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan received the highest rating of “Good” for frontal-offset and side crash protection.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Jetta’s cabin is a strong selling point, with high-grade, soft-touch materials and metallic trim. The vinyl “leatherette” upholstery found in the Jetta is finely stitched. Stereo and climate controls are straightforward and easy to use. The state-of-the-art navigation system features an intuitive touchscreen interface and a 30GB hard drive that not only decreases processing time but also devotes significant space to digital music storage.