We took a few more photos of the Jetta VI with some of the VW accessories pieces on it. You can find the gallery HERE
jury is still out on this one for me until i see it in person. body kit does look pretty cheesy and i seriously can't even think of another modern car on the road that uses drum brakes. i do think that the gli variant will have a ton of potential and i'm sure there won't be a dearth of aftermarket body kits available in case that votex kit looks as bad in real life as it does in photos.
2010 Jetta SE 2.5L Tiptronic Salsa Red
9W7 Bluetooth | RNS-510 | Homelink sun visor | Extendable passenger sun visor | MFSW w/ paddles | Hi-line SWCM | Hi-Line MFD+ instrument cluster | Auto-dimming inside rear view mirror w/ compass | Trunk lid open switch in grab handle | Silver lens tail lights | Front & rear door warning/puddle lights
It looks absolutely terrible. The MkIV and MkV weren't much of a looker in base trim either - but you could count on the upgraded body kits looking very clean. This was an afterthought - people complained about the MkV looking like a corolla, this body kit really does look like a tacked on body kit from a corolla S.
Looks good, much better than the MK5. The real judgement will come when we see the GLI, I know 99.9% of you guys would never even consider buying anything other than the GLI. VW has made changes with brakes, suspension and interior, in order to come in at a lower price point. Let's face it, most people that will buy this car don't care about the cost cutting and won't notice. They mostly look at price , styling, interior space, safety and cup holders. Let's be happy with the fact that they are going to give us the GLI which hopefully adresses the issues that most seem to have with the model...
What's with the silver-painted drums that have a lip around them that vaguely resembles a disk brake setup? Perhaps even VWGoA recognizes that drum brakes on a modern Jetta is absurd so they feel the need to try and disguise them?! If it were me, I'd paint those damn things matte black and try and hide them behind a busy wheel...a German "premium" compact with sporty pretenses with drum brakes, a downright abomination And then, to throw on a body kit that looks like it's an afterthought or something you might find on another, decidely un-European, car I love VWs and have owned 8 over the last 14 years, but what the heck am I going to replace my MkV TDI with in a year or two if this is the direction that U.S. VWs will be heading in 'Tis truly a shame because I think the '11 Jetta has some really nice lines to it and has the potential to be such a great car...like you can get in Europe.
You know......the only thing worse than huge 19 or 20 inch wheels over top of puny disc brakes is huge wheels over top of puny drum brakes. I have been making fun of Honda's and other Jap cars for 12 years because of their ridiculous rear brakes and then Volkswagen comes out with a rear drum brake on the new Jetta. Nice going. I feel so ashamed......thanks VW.
If I didn't have a 3.6 CC, I'd buy another brand of automobile. Hmmmm.....maybe BMW?
The reason for this is that the Jetta IV comes standard with unpainted valances (aka bumper lips if you prefer to call them that). The kit on the MkIV preserves the body lines because it uses the natural gap between the standard bumper and valance as a place to attach. The MkIV kits look great because they attach where those black valances attach. Similarly, the MkV had separate valances, but for most years they were painted.
VW enthusiasts have griped and complained for generations about the separate, unpainted valances found under most older Jettas, so VW has finally gotten rid of them completely and gone to a 1-piece bumper on the Jetta VI. What does that mean? Accessory valances no longer have any natural gaps in the bumper to attach and adhere to, so they now look "glued-on." Blame this on all of the MkII-MkV fanboys who cried murder about the separate valances. (I think that most of the people who hated them only felt that way because they drove over parking lot barriers regularly and were angered when this ripped off their factory valance--why do some people think that you have to pull forward until you feel a bump?)
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I predict there will be some "improvements" of the Jetta VI over the next couple years.